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Tempe Considers Drone Restrictions In Parks

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An operator flies a drone in Tempe.

Tempe City Council will consider banning drone takeoffs and landings at Tempe Beach, Rio Salado and Papago parks at its meeting Thursday.

There are already federal and state laws regulating the use of unmanned aerial vehicles; however, there was still some concern in Tempe regarding its proximity to Sky Harbor International Airport, said Councilman Joel Navarro.

He started the discussion about drones within the city about two years ago.

“Does the state law and the FAA guidelines really work or do we need another layer of protection? So that’s kind of where we’re at now,” Navarro said.

He said the goal is to ensure the parks are enjoyable and safe for all.

US Air Space Map

Source: Know Before You Fly

Mariana Dale rustles up stories as a senior field correspondent based out of KJZZ’s East Valley Bureau in Tempe. She’s followed a microphone onto cattle ranches, to the Dominican Republic and many places in between. Dale believes in a story’s strength to introduce us to diverse perspectives, inspire curiosity and hold public leaders accountable for their actions. She started at KJZZ on the digital team in 2016 and still spends a lot of time thinking about how to engage with our community online. Dale has learned from stints at Arizona Public Media, The Arizona Daily Star, The Arizona Republic and as an intern at NPR’s Morning Edition in Culver City. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Dale is grateful for the mentoring of the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, the Chips Quinn Scholars program and AIR’s New Voices Scholars. A desert native, she loves spending time outside hiking, tending to her cactus and reading.