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Battle over beekeeping regulations creates quite a buzz

The town of Leland is considering changes to its laws as they relate to beekeeping within city limits. The town of Leland is considering changes to its laws as they relate to beekeeping within city limits.

LELAND, NC (WECT) – Neighbors in Leland are battling over bees and it's becoming a pretty sticky situation.

The town of Leland is considering changes to its laws as they relate to beekeeping within city limits, and it's creating quite a sting between neighbors in the Waterford community.

Right now, there are no regulations on beekeeping, but some folks think that should change. Crystal Slininger used to enjoy her back yard. But now, she won't even step outside without her husband.

"My home is supposed to be safe but we don't feel that," said Slininger whose next door neighbors are keeping bees.

"I feel stress because of the bees," said Slininger. "We're not just talking about a couple of bees, we're talking about tens and tens of thousands of bees."

Slininger is severely allergic to bee stings and she has an environmental illness which means she has difficulty with chemicals and cannot take medicine to treat stings.

"My life is at risk because of this every day," said Slininger.

Slininger and a small group of other neighbors are pushing town leaders to enact stricter regulations for beekeeping within city limits.

We tried to speak to two of the beekeepers in question. One declined our request for an interview and refused to answer our questions.

The other beekeeper told us "this is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard." She went on to accuse her neighbors of being childish.

Town leaders have drafted a proposal to change the ordinance, but before making any decisions, town council plans to hear from members of both sides of the debate at their next meeting in January.

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