Commissioner Mason: "I'd like to see just how much interest there is out there before asking staff to look into this further."
Commissioner Robinson: ". . . we got an email (shown below) of an action we took asking CLUCK to start educating the homeowners associations, neighborhood association and community organizations and to obtain community support and then to come back to us with that community support."
Commissioner Caragiulo: ". . .we don't want to put a burden of basically get everyone to agree to a point and then bring it back to us." "I think it's a worthwhile discussion certainly. -- Frankly you do have gauge if there's any interest."
Commissioner Hines: "Before we change our zoning code, I think we ask is there a public interest in doing this beyond, you know, five, ten, twenty people -- is there a public interest to do this? And, so, rather than us trying to go out and explore that public interest. . ." "We asked the folks to go out and maybe get some petitions signed or some information -- not necessarily bring in a bus of two hundred people (interruption) and public comments to do it and to see if there's interest and that hasn't occurred . . " "Maybe the timing is right, but if there's only twenty or thirty people in the county that wants this. . . that's what we've not heard".
Commissioner Caragiulo: "Input is critical, I just wanted to make sure, you know what the standard was."
Commissioner Maio did not comment during the discussion.
So the first step is, and always has been, for the County Commission to vote to direct staff to work with CLUCK and other backyard chicken advocates to draft a strategy for single family residences to have backyard hens. They may want to use the City of Sarasota’s ordinance as a starting point, but that’s up to them. Then that draft language would move through public hearings with the Planning Commission and the County Commission. Once there is a draft approach, CLUCK will undertake an effort to educate the public regarding the proposed provisions, but in the absence of a specific proposal, talking in generalizations about chickens is a futile effort.