Gabe and Heidi Lopez had been keeping four bee hives on their back patio in Greenfield Acres subdivision for a year until one of their neighbors reported them to township officials.

Last weekend, the Lopez's removed the hives under orders from Township Community Development Director Mark Graham, who said the couple is violating Delta's zoning ordinances.

Now Gabe and Heidi are hoping township residents will rally behind them in advocating for a change to the municipality's zoning ordinance to allow beekeeping in some residential areas.  The Lansing State Journal has the complete story.