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12/28/2012

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LOOKING BACK YEAR IN REVIEW: OCTOBER Members of CLUCK have not given up on an effort to win county approval for people to keep chickens in unincorporated areas. Photo by Bogdan Carstina/Dreamstime.com OCT. 3 Members of CLUCK (Citizens Lobbying for Chicken Keeping) are not giving up on persuading the Sarasota County Commission to make chicken-keeping legal in the unincorporated parts of the county, Jono Miller, one of CLUCK���s founders, tells The Sarasota News Leader this week. However, Miller says he and other members of the organization are frustrated that the commission on Sept. 25 did not provide direction to staff to assist CLUCK in preparing something to take to neighborhoods and homeowners. During their Sept. 25 regular meeting, the County Commission heard six members of the public ��� two of whom had brought children with them ��� request the board to change the county���s zoning code to make it legal for families to own chickens. In discussion later that day, the commissioners agreed by consensus to ask CLUCK to undertake community outreach before they decided their next step. ���I just don���t know how we would get that public input [otherwise],��� Chairwoman Christine Robinson said. Miller says CLUCK representatives will try again to seek commission support for some direction to staff before beginning the community outreach. However, he is not certain when that next contact with the commissioners will come.

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