It’s hard to miss the chickens clucking around beachside while strolling Flagler Avenue, but are they a menace or part of the city’s charm?
Chickens on Flagler Avenue
These chickens have ruffled a lot of feathers lately sparking a heated debate around safety, but are they really a threat? Some claim yes.
The City of New Smyrna Beach vs. Chickens
First, rumors swirled of an angered landscaper’s personal vendetta against these chickens pecking away at his hard work. Then a petition was created to get the attention of NSB Mayor, Russ Owen, in an effort to protect the birds. The online petition received 2,100 signatures in 24 hours. View the petition here.
NSB Mayor Russ Owen Responds Publicly
It is no surprise that the New Smyrna Beach Mayor responded so quickly and openly about the hot chicken topic. He ran on a platform of transparency and has followed through by encouraging public input to find resolutions.
He posted on Facebook stating:
Hey NSB, great job on the petition! Let’s talk about roosters…
– I’ve always liked them and would like to find a way they could remain a cool part of NSB. This isn’t any type of personal vendetta…
– Several folks have reached out with stories of being chased and clawed at (or whatever you call what roosters do) and some folks that work on Flagler daily are saying this issue is getting worse. At a townhall a few weeks ago a manager of a shop on Flagler said they often had workers trapped in cars by the roosters and I believe had someone get hurt by one. They all love them but are now afraid of them.
– Contrary to the petition, landscaping has nothing to do with this discussion nor is it a factor for me (I hadn’t even heard that issue tbh). Resident and guest comfort and safety is my only concern.
I’m anxious to hear from any local rooster experts with any suggestions or ideas for addressing these safety concerns without relocating them. I’m guessing folks feeding them is part of the problem?
When Chickens Attack
If you follow the link (below) you will see all the comments in response to the New Smyrna Beach Mayor’s Facebook post with strong stances on both sides. From harmless chicken selfies to claims of alleged hen harassment, the debate is real and is getting heated.
What’s Your Stance?
If you have any input for the Mayor he is encouraging you to share his post and reply on Facebook. Visit his original post here.
Follow the Flock
Just like everything nowadays, an Instagram account has been created fighting for the freedom of the Flagler Avenue flock. Follow them @flagler_ave_rooster to stay updated.