BROOKLET, Ga. (WSAV) – A couple of beekeepers in Brooklet said they’ve asked the city not to spray their property with a mosquito repellent that could be harmful to the beehives they use for their business, but the city has denied that request.
Sixteen beehives are held between Ed and Hannah-Joy DiNello’s backyard and an empty lot a little further down from their house.
They say the city of Brooklet has agreed not to spray the street for the past 3 years, but now they’re saying no. And along with denying their request, the beekeepers were sent a letter by the city’s attorney being accused of using their property illegally to sell products and for housing bees in an area zoned for residential living.
The letter also threatened them with a fine up to one-thousand-dollars per offense, which has the couple wondering what has changed.
“This has been fine for years and all of a sudden it’s not fine. We don’t know why it’s not fine. If it is a big misunderstanding somebody should have said that instead of serving us legal papers,” Hannah-Joy Dinello said.
News 3 reached out to the city of Brooklet for a response, but they chose not to comment.