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    Can a City Enact an Ordinance Regulating or Restricting Quad Flight?

    I shot this off to city attorney guy this morning: "On further reading of Section 7.80.040, I have no objection to subsections (a), (b), (c) or (d). I initially did object to (d), but whether it is in conflict of FAA regs or not, the insertion of the "reasonable expectation of privacy"...
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    Can a City Enact an Ordinance Regulating or Restricting Quad Flight?

    Here is the response from the assitant city attorney for the City of Laguna Beach, who contributed to the writing of the ordinance: "Dear Sir: I am the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Laguna Beach. I was the member of our office primarily involved in working with City staff to draft...
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    Can a City Enact an Ordinance Regulating or Restricting Quad Flight?

    Good point. But you say: "The city is requiring you to have a FAA license to fly over the beaches even if the flight activity/drone does meet the FAA requirements for having to have a license." Didn't you mean " .... even if the flight activity/drone does NOT meet the FAA requirements for...
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    Can a City Enact an Ordinance Regulating or Restricting Quad Flight?

    If I was flying a drone over beaches for the purpose of videoing females in bathing suits or flying a drone outside of bedroom windows in houses or hotels, or using my quad for any other offensive or improper purpose, I wouldn't be looking for any loophole whatsoever. I would simply stop doing...
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    Can a City Enact an Ordinance Regulating or Restricting Quad Flight?

    OK, boys - I put a call in to the city attorney for the City of Laguna Beach but, of course, he did not answer and I had to leave a voice mail. I did, however, get his email address and I sent him the following email: Hi Phil - I called you this morning but no answer, so I am sending an...
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    Can a City Enact an Ordinance Regulating or Restricting Quad Flight?

    I'm with you on this. Thanks for the link. I'm going to have a chat with the City of Laguna Beach today and get their thinking, although I don't expect to get anywhere, dealing with a local city official. The ordinance in question was drafted by a pretty high-powered L.A. law firm, so I...
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    Can a City Enact an Ordinance Regulating or Restricting Quad Flight?

    To sum up, I think the proper rule ought to be that cities should be allowed to enact ordinances governing how drones can or cannot be flown (cannot endanger people or invade privacy or persons with a reasonable expectation of privacy) but not where they can be flown (laterally or vertically)...
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    Can a City Enact an Ordinance Regulating or Restricting Quad Flight?

    I agree with much of what you say. No one wants drones flashing about, 10 feet off the ground or hovering outside of their bedroom window. Both of these types of drone operation are properly prohibited by this ordinance. Reckless flying around people is expressly prohibited (Subsection c) and...
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    Can a City Enact an Ordinance Regulating or Restricting Quad Flight?

    For example, consider this language in Section (d) of 7.80.040: " (d) No person shall operate any model aircraft or civil unmanned aircraft system to capture, record or transmit any visual image or audio recording of any person or private real property located in the city under...
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    Can a City Enact an Ordinance Regulating or Restricting Quad Flight?

    Here is a link to the Laguna Beach ordinance. https://qcode.us/codes/lagunabeach/view.php?topic=7-7_80 If you have the time, sort through it and see what you think. Pay special attention to section 7.80.040. As I read this, with the exception of flying over city hall, the police station and...
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    Can a City Enact an Ordinance Regulating or Restricting Quad Flight?

    I recently drove into the Southern California city of Laguna Beach. As you enter the city, there is an electronic sign that flashes (among other things): "Drone flying prohibited over beaches and parks." I realize that a city such as this can enact an ordinance like this. Heck, they could...
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    "No Drone Policy" Over Marriott Newport Coast Resort

    If you think bikini girls don't want to be looked at by men, I suggest a quick course in reality.
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    "No Drone Policy" Over Marriott Newport Coast Resort

    Well, the Southern California coast is not a good place to fly a quad. The cities are not quad-friendly and there is no access to the beach in between cities. BTW, the sign when you are entering Laguna says: "Drones Prohibited Over Parks and Beaches." I wonder why that is? I think I know, of...
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    "No Drone Policy" Over Marriott Newport Coast Resort

    The post you are responding to is about a city, not a resort. I don't think a city can stop you from piloting within because cities have a lot of public land inside of their limits. Suppose I am standing on public property which is inside of the city limit. I don't think they can prevent me...
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