There is an increasing cry to stop the use of drones in Marco Island city after the drone of a tourist ran into a Cape at Marco condo unit in April.

The gps drone camera was taking awesome pictures of the Coast of Marco Island, but the man who was handling the drone on the ground, who was from Ohio, said it lost signal. He said he only came to visit the Island and to appreciate the buildings and that it was not his original intention to get that near to the Condo building.

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But Lars Lundberg and other high-rise residents like him, said people should not be allowed to soar around the houses.

“It is dangerous,” he declared. “I think it’s been dangerous for a long time. I’ve heard about the airports where they fly and cross traffic, so I think it is dangerous. I don’t want anyone looking in my kitchen window.”

Victor Rios, who is a city council member recommended a law that would keep the privacy and airspace of residents. Miami’s city council chose to limit gps drones to a half-mile away from big programs and to permit the police to apply blocking techniques to bring them down.

“I think it is an invasion of privacy and there should be limits as to where they should fly,” declared Alice Mathews.

Miami made it plain in its law that the Federal Aviation Administration had final control over airspace. The bureau made public a fact sheet on federal laws that will prevent local and state rules.

This is to say that Marco Island leaders may have to follow suit if they follow rules, which brings the question whether local regulations can even be imposed. In the last Marco Island City Council meeting, executives did not progress further with a transformation.


“I would say they should be able to enforce their own rules,” Mathews affirmed. “(Drones) can be very, very dangerous.”

The FAA informed that local drone regulations cannot withstand legal challenges.

More conflicts are possible in the near future as Google and Amazon, which have desires to be conveying parcels with drones, may keep on asking the feds to be less stringent.

The Marco Island Sun Times got video recording of the collision from the Marco Island Police Department.

Before considering the video, Rios, who was president of Belize’s homeowners association, instigated accusations of drone “spying” and queried whether the drone and its handlers were intruding. Florida’s Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act forbids gps drone quadcopter from video-recording individuals and private property for reasons of carrying out surveillance or infringing on someone’s privacy.

“Based upon my experience and due to the position of the drone on the master bedroom lanai, I believe that it was hovering just above the railing and maneuvering for better position in an attempt to get closer, and this is when the drone hit the edge of the railing damaging the propellers,” Rios put in writing.

Rios alleged that he assumed this was the way the drone lost steadiness and landed upside down, but the video showed something else.


Al Schettino, who happens to be a police chief, declared that the drone’s handlers were very obliging, willingly releasing the memory card for police to appraise. No accusations were filed against them.

GPS drone quadcopter have increased in recognition as costs have reduced and digital cameras offered better images. Fort Myers–based Soaring Sky was one of the county’s initial businesses to obtain approval from the FAA to manage drones for profit-making use.

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