Charlotte hotel gets thousands of buzzing guests

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina hotel has tens of thousands of new guests and they are creating quite a buzz.

Multiple media outlets reported that the Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte has brought in honeybees to live on its new green roof.

The top of the 18-story hotel is planted with groundcover and has tomatoes, herbs and lavender growing in raised beds on one side of the roof. There are two beehives on the other side.

Officials say the bees will visit condominium balconies and city parks within a two-mile radius of the hotel before returning to their hives.

Executive chef Jon Farace says the bees' honey will be used in the hotel's yogurt, granola and brews served at high tea.

Beekeeper Randall York says guests don't have to worry because honeybees are not aggressive.

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