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Chickens on way and costume might be next



SAFETY HARBOR — Commissioner Scott Long might be wearing a chicken suit sometime soon. At the last City Commission  meeting,  commissioners app roved  an ordinance that  allows up to four hens in single-family homes . The approval comes after heated discussion over the last few months . At a May meeting, Long, whose wife is a news designer at the Times, expressed concern over how much time the commission had spent discussing and researching chickens, pointing out that the research material he had received in his agenda packets was more than 90 pages.
“I’ll make this pledge to you,’’ he said. “If we pass this and we ever get more than 95 households in the city with chickens, and I’m still on the City Commission, I’ll come to the next meeting wearing a chicken suit.” 
In a recent discussion with the Times, City Manager Matt Spoor talked about the issue:
“You know, if this goes through I’m thinking I’ll buy some chickens just to see Scott Long dressed as one.’’
The regulations included in the new ordinance ensure that no roosters will be permitted, no eggs can be sold and no chickens can be slaughtered. The ordinance also requires stipulations when it comes to the coop and fencing. 

[Last modified: Thursday, June 15, 2017 1:17pm]


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