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Lake Worth wants chickens

LAKE WORTH, FL (WFLX) - Some Lake Worth residents are tired of an ordinance banning chickens in residential areas. So they're pushing to get the law changed.

You can find at least 250 signatures on a Web site called www.change.org when you search under "Lake Worth Chickens".

Supporters from all over the country signed the online petition to convince the Lake Worth City Commission to overturn the ban and allow chickens in residential neighborhoods. Supporters of the petition argue growing your own eggs is a healthier alternative.

A man, who will only identify himself as "Chris", favors changing the chicken ordinance. He says, "They're not roosters. They don't make a lot of noise. Very docile pets. Kids love to play with them, and they provide you fresh eggs every day."

Edward Jurison disagrees, and thinks it's a bad idea. "My first thought was, that's crazy. You know what I mean? It's not like we're on a farm."

Edward Jurison says he's an animal lover and knows, in this economy, people are trying to find all kinds of ways to put food on the table. But he thinks allowing chickens in neighborhoods would lower property values.

Jurison says, "I can understand the saving point of money." But, at the same time, he says, he thinks of his home's value as "Kind of like a savings account right there."

The issue came up a couple of years ago in a Lake Worth City Commission meeting, but only reached the discussion phase. Eruch Hedendal thinks it's a good idea to allow chickens, as long as there are restrictions.

Hedendal says, "Yeah, I think, you should have a permit to do it. You should be a responsible chicken owner."

Despite the ordinance, we found a couple of chickens coexisting well with a dog in a Lake Worth neighborhood. But Jurison wonders, if you allow chickens, what's next?

Jurison says facetiously, "I wish I could have a cow. You know, so I could get my free milk. I drink milk all the time. So what? Should we get a permit to have cows?" 

Currently, overturning the chicken ordinance is not on the agenda of any upcoming Lake Worth City Commission meetings.

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