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Anything goes in Miami Beach, except Mr. Clucky

Sunday, June 7, 2009 | 4:43 p.m. CDT

MIAMI BEACH — Miami Beach tolerates all kinds of eccentricity, but the south Florida playground of the rich and famous draws the line at a bicycle-riding rooster named Mr. Clucky.

The white bird who perches on his owner's bike has become a favorite subject of tourist photos. But he's been ordered out of town for his cacophonous crowing every day at 6 a.m.

A code enforcement officer ticketed owner Mark Buckley on May 27 for keeping a farm animal. Buckley faces a $50 fine and an order to get rid of the famous fowl.

Never mind that the celebrity bird was grand marshal of last fall's King Mango Strut in nearby Coconut Grove.

Buckley could receive repeated citations and higher fines if he doesn't comply. But city officials say an arrest is not likely.

 


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