Jersey Shore community seeks to limit use of drones

    A pending ordinance in Ventnor City seeks to prohibit the use of drones in certain locations. 

    If adopted, the ordinance would ban flying drones over government property, parks, or public buildings without prior written permission from the police chief for a special event or city sponsored event.

    The ordinance would also prohibit flying a drone below 400 feet over beaches from May 31 through September 1. 

    Drone violators could face a fine up to $2,000 and/or be ordered to complete 90 days of community service. 

    The legislation does not prohibit the use of drones by law enforcement or emergency services organizations or any federal, state, county, or municipal agency. 

    A public hearing on the ordinance is slated for August 18 at 6 p.m.

    New Federal Aviation Administration drone rules become effecetive on August 29. You can view FAA drone information here

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