Sunday, August 20, 2017

Conyers, Georgia: No-drone ordinance for horse park



CONYERS — The Georgia International Horse Park is officially a no-drone zone.

The Conyers City Council passed on Wednesday an ordinance prohibiting the use of unmanned aircraft systems – or drones – within the boundaries of the horse park, including Cherokee Run Golf Course.

City Councilman Chris Bowen introduced the measure and said that the issue was raised when some visitors to the horse park complained that drones had come into close contact with them while they were walking or biking on the trails.

“There was also a concern with spooking horses on the trails,” Bowen said.

While the Federal Aviation Administration controls the airspace, the ordinance states that the city can adopt prohibitions on unmanned aircraft systems that “interfere with or harass an individual who is engaged in” recreational pursuits such as equine events, hiking, bicycling, canoeing and nature observation.

The penalty for violating the ordinance, like any other city ordinance, is up to six months in jail and $1,000 fine per violation.

Professional filming and production will be permitted if the city is first notified and gives approval for that filming.

Read more here ➤ http://www.rockdalenewtoncitizen.com

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