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Urban beekeeping becoming a growing trend in San Diego

Posted: 4:20 PM, Aug 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-15 21:31:37-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- It’s no mistake, the Marriott Marquis in Downtown San Diego is playing host to bees on the roof, and it’s all for the benefit of local business.

The hive highlights a growing trend called urban beekeeping and the popularity of the practice is creating a lot of buzz.

In 2012, the City of San Diego amended its municipal code to allow some residents, along with community gardens and retail farms to keep two beehives.

The practice has several benefits, according to the city, including access to fresh, natural honey.

The city says urban beekeeping also reduces the number of aggressive Africanized bees in the vicinity of the docile honeybee hive.

Beekeeping is also known to reduce carbon footprint due to local production, however, there are some things to be aware of.

The primary risk of beekeeping is getting stung. The city says if you plan to keep bees, you can count on bee stings every now and then.

Before deciding to keep bees, the City of San Diego urges dialogue with neighbors.

Click here for more on beekeeping in San Diego.

Tomorrow morning on 10News at 6, Jared Aarons looks into what benefits the bees have downtown as well as some unique concoctions local restaurants are whipping up with the fresh honey.