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Orlando passed drone ordinance

Discussion in 'Drone Safety & Regulations - Know Before You Fly' started by nathan, Jan 24, 2017.

  1. nathan

    nathan Administrator Staff Member

    May 5, 2015
    Posted by nathan, Jan 24, 2017 #1
    On Monday afternoon, the City of Orlando City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that would allow local law enforcement to take action if a drone is being used in an unsafe matter within city limits.

    The ordinance would prohibit the use of drones near public venues or large gatherings of people and would also crack down on the use of any of the unmanned aircraft for spying purposes. Drone owners would also be unable to operate their units while impaired or mount any weapons on their drones.

    There was opposition to the law, with several public commenters calling the ordinance an overreach of local government which would just put in place redundant policies that are already in put in place by the Federal Aviation Administration.

    Ultimately, it was the ability of allowing Orlando Police to keep the public safe in the case of any dangerous drone use that pushed the council towards approval.

    “We’re not anti-drone.” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer “This would not effect anyone that uses a drone in a responsible manner. We are giving our police officers the ability to stop any dangerous behavior. We’re not shutting you down.”

    City Officials added that there would be a “drone zone” that would allow drone users to operate their aircraft without a pilot and many of the existing professional or recreational uses currently in place already fall into another authorized jurisdiction.

    SOURCE: orlando-politics.com


    ORLANDO --

    Drone operators will have to follow new rules for their unmanned craft within Orlando city limits.

    • Orlando approved drone ordinance Monday
    • Restricts drone use in several venues, large events without permit
    • Supported by Orlando Police
    • Read the ordinance
    Orlando leaders unanimously approved a new drone ordinance Monday. The ordinance restricts drone use within 500 feet of city-owned parks or buildings, theme parks, schools, stadiums or gatherings of more than 1,000 people.

    In order to fly in those areas, drone operators have to apply for a special permit for $20 per flight, or an annual permit for $150.

    The ordinance is not without its opponents.

    Critics say many of the rules reglating drone use already exist in state and federal guidelines.

    The ordinance had the support of Orlando Police, who said it would make it easier to crack down on violators.

    SOURCE: mynews13.com
  2. Mike Israel

    Mike Israel Member

    Jan 27, 2017
    Minneapolis, MN

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