VanDyk Mortgage - July 2020

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Inside This Issue Tim Hart, NMLS #354676 8280 College Parkway Suite #101 Fort Myers, FL 33919

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We’re Going to Twistee Treat! PAGE 1

What to Do With All Those Boxes

Stay Accountable With a Virtual Wellness Challenge PAGE 2 When Will Backyard Chickens Come to Lee County? PAGE 4

9 Myths About Backyard Chickens LEGALIZE CHICKENS IN LEE COUNTY

This month, I’m going to get a little political. That’s right, it’s time to talk about backyard chickens. This is a topic that’s near and dear to my heart. I’ve had backyard chickens twice, at two different addresses, and I loved them. Chickens are a great source of eggs, which let you be a little bit self-sufficient with your food. They’re also really entertaining pets. The kids loved them. As I write this, Lee County doesn’t allow backyard chickens, but individual cities within the county have their own rules about chickens. For example, Fort Myers and Bonita Springs have allowed chickens within city limits for the last eight years. There is a movement to legalize backyard chickens in Lee County as a whole. This movement is being spearheaded by Heather Scutakes, who runs the Facebook page Backyard Chickens of Lee County, Florida. Heather and her organization are petitioning the Lee County Board of Commissioners to change the current ordinances (Chapter 34 Sections 1291 and 1294) and allow citizens in Lee County to raise backyard chickens. When I heard about Heather’s mission, I didn’t hesitate to throw in my support. I fully believe that backyard chickens offer a lot of value and should be allowed.

People who don’t have chickens or have never been around chickens believe a lot of negative myths about chickens. Heather joined me on my podcast, “The HartBeat Show” and helped me debunk a lot of myths people use when they object to allowing backyard chickens. Myth No. 1: Chickens are dirty and smelly! “Like any other bird, chickens spend hours a day dust bathing and meticulously preening themselves to maintain good hygiene,” Heather clarified. “As for the coops and runs, when they are managed and cleaned properly, they don’t smell, just like any other animal that might be outside.”

Basically, the only time a chicken coop smells is when the humans aren’t cleaning it up once a week.


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