Florida?s Palm Bay could be home to a 30-acre drone park

Florida?s Palm Bay could be home to a 30-acre drone park

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US: According to a report published in Florida Today, the uninhabited lands in The Compound in the southwestern Palm Bay area could be the new home to a 30-acre drone park. Authorities of the Palm Bay area have discussed designating a drone park for use by hobbyists and the Florida Institute of Technology's unmanned aerial vehicles program, said James Marshal, the city's Bayfront Community Redevelopment Agency administrator.

"Economically, it makes sense," James Marshal, the city's Bayfront Community Redevelopment Agency administrator, told Florida Today. "Academically, it makes sense. From a high-tech economic development standpoint, workforce attraction, it makes sense. "And we've talked to employers like Harris — who think their employees would eat it up."

As far as the policymakers are concerned, the Palm Bay leaders are exploring the possibility of implementing regulations on drones for inhabited areas in the city. “A 4-pound drone dropping down from 400 feet, 200 feet, is a very dangerous item. We want to make sure they’re operated safely, not just in Palm Bay but also throughout Brevard County," said Ed Kinberg, who is a lawyer with the Melbourne firm Widerman Malek Attorneys.

Another councilman Tres Holton replied that he flies a drone. “I started with the cheap ones, because you do crash them often while you’re learning. I spent a lot of time up at HobbyTown on 192 buying a lot of parts,” Holton said.

Source: Florida Today