Beehive removed after thre­atening River Walk

Hive removed from The Ten Eleven club after KSAT Defenders call

SAN ANTONIO - Every week, tourists and San Antonians alike swarm to Texas’ number one tourist attraction: the River Walk. But a swarm of a different kind worried owners of a riverside club until they contacted the KSAT 12 Defenders, who spurred the city to step in and take care of a menacing bee problem.

“Pillow Talk” is a San Antonio indie country band that plays at a club called The Ten Eleven. It's on Avenue B near the VFW post on what is the new section of the River Walk. Inside the club, the buzz is about the band. Outside it was about the bees.

Just off the club's patio on the outside wall of the vacant property next door was an active beehive. Right next to the River Walk.

"I'd have to assume this is a public health hazard," said Jordan Williams, one of club's three owners. "I haven't seen anybody get stung yet but I've seen people being bothered," agreed Jonathan Anderson, a bartender at the club.

And this is a problem the bar reported numerous times. "The city, I've called them about ten times and then they told me to get even more of a faster action to call the River Authority," Anderson said. "Somebody needs to do something about it and we've called multiple times and still haven't heard anything," Williams said.

Then the KSAT Defenders got involved. The team initially called Code Enforcement Services with the city. That department in turn called vector control at Metro Health and personnel there took care of the bees.

A day after the Defenders reported the problem, the hive was gone. When Code Enforcement could not locate the building's owner, they authorized Senior Sanitarian Leonard Mechler and his team from Metro Health to step in.

"It was right there on the River Walk and they judged it as a safety issue for the community," Mechler said.

He said noise and vibration could have set off what was a sizable hive. "Yeah it was about six foot tall about maybe two and a half foot wide," Mechler said. And now bands like “Pillow Talk” can feel free to safely rock on inside or out.

Normally the city does not take action on private property, but in this case it was deemed a public safety issue. The property owner can be charged for the removal.


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