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Cobb couple cited for beehive

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Cobb County Code Enforcement cited a Marietta couple for having livestock on their property when what they really had was a beehive.

Jamie Slafkosky's beehive is home to about 20,000 honey bees that he and his wife Cathy hope will produce liquid gold one day.

"We just started April of last year, and the first year you rarely get honey. So we haven't gotten any honey yet," said Cathy Slafkosky.

The couple was shocked to get a notice and a knock on their front door on Wednesday.

"We received a citation from the county for having livestock on less than two acres of property," said Cathy Slafkosky.

"I was kind of flabbergasted. I don't consider bees livestock," Jamie Slafkosky said.

But when Cobb County's Director of Community Development, Rob Hosack, looked at the situation closely, he agreed with them that having a beehive was not a violation of the livestock ordinance.

Hosack says because the Slafkoskys don't sell the bees or honey, they decided to drop the complaint against them.

"I think that that is what compelled us here in the office to believe that it wasn't a livestock issue. It's more or less just… it's a hobby," said Hosack.

Cathy and Jamie are just happy that Cobb County has decided to let them and their hive bee.

"I'm thrilled by that. That's a good result I think," said Jamie Slafkosky.

County officials say an anonymous neighbor turned the couple in for what they thought was a code violation. Cathy and Jamie believe it was because they had a swarm earlier in the week, which they quickly got under control.

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