Polk County to consider Animal regulation

According to County Commissioner Ed Smith, Polk County is one of the few counties in the State of Florida that does not regulate the number of farm animals that a landowner may keep on his or her property. Due to the number of complaints received by the County regarding issues related to livestock being kept on residential lots, a new regulation would set the standards for keeping livestock, such as cows, horses, pigs and goats, in residential areas. One concept would be a minimal lot size for large farm animals. The concerns raised by Polk County citizens include noise, smell, contamination of wells and runoff. These are valid concerns and it appears that the County Commission is on track to adopt a reasonable regulation to protect both landowners with livestock and their neighbors.

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