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For Immediate Release:
November 03, 2015
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Manuel Orbis Jr

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Commissioner Sosa advances “drone” related legislation


(MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL) – Today, County Commissioners approved a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, calling upon the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to establish rules relating to the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, operating near the Dante B. Fascell Port of Miami.

The use of UAS or “drones” is on the rise and if left unchecked can create a threat to the safety and security of Port of Miami, the second largest economic engine of Miami-Dade County. This resolution urges the Federal Aviation Administration to place in the Code of Federal Regulations a provision keeping drones 1,000 feet, or other appropriate distance, from a seaport, such as the Dante B. Fascell Port of Miami with the exception of law enforcement personnel, or others who have written permission.

“I am all for drones, they are fun and provide amazing footage, but we must make sure that they are used responsibly,” said Commissioner Sosa. “The Port of Miami is the Cruise Capital of the World and one of our most important job creators. There are cranes, towers and radars out there we must protect because they play a vital role in running the port and keeping visitors and staff safe.”  

Link to legislation: http://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/legistarfiles/Matters/Y2015/152387.pdf