- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh’s most exclusive club is seeking permission to keep even more select company: four hives of bees that were installed on its roof this summer.

The Duquesne Club’s chefs use the honey to prepare meals at the club as part of its effort to promote farm-to-table fare.

But farming - or keeping any kind of animals - is forbidden in the city, without a zoning exception and a separate permit.

The club has applied for permission, which the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment will consider at a hearing Oct. 16.

Stephen Repasky is president of a local nonprofit group, Burgh Bees, who helped advise the club. The club didn’t seek advance permission, because officials weren’t sure they were going to keep the bees.

Now they’re seeking permanent approval.


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