VIDEO: Orlando Passes Drone Ordinance

Orlando NBC Affiliate WESH reports Orlando, Florida has now joined the growing list of cities and counties that are regulating the use of drones.  Orlando will now charge permit fees and restrict where drones can be operated including public parks.

“Effective immediatley” flying a drone in Orlando is now restricted within 500 feet of city-owedd parks, schools and venues such as the Amway Center, Camping World Stadium and Harry P. Leu Gardens.  The same restriction applies to any public gathering of 1,000 people or more.

Fines range between $200 and $400.

Permits to operate in restricted areas will be $20 per flight or $150 annually.

The ordinance even goes so far as to allow police to arrest and jail drone operators who are under the influence of alcohol.

What do you think? Should this be a Federal, State, or locally regulated activity?

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