Officials in South Bend are considering changes that would make it easier for people to keep bee hives in the city.
City Councilman Tim Scott says he hopes easing the city's beekeeping rules will encourage more honeybees at a time when the number of bees are declining across the country because of a mysterious disorder.
Scott's proposal would allow residents to have bee colonies on lots even smaller than one-fourth of an acre. Current city code requires a beekeeper to have at least five acres of land.
South Bend resident Vince Barletto maintains some bee colonies outside the city and says he would expect only about 10 people to seek city beekeeping permits.