Showing a united front in Laguna Beach, California, the drone community came together at the recent City Council meeting where they discussed changes to the Laguna Beach Municipal Code that would negatively affect commercial drone pilots. The Chapter 7.80 “Regulation of Unmanned Aircraft” would require any commercial operators to obtain a special permit from the city for any video or photography within city limits. Furthermore, it would also ban drone flights over numerous areas of the city including several popular beaches.
At the March 7 City Council meeting in Laguna Beach, Calif. a proposed addition to the Laguna Beach Municipal Code was introduced that would ban drone flights over numerous areas of the city including several popular beaches. Chapter 7.80 “Regulation of Unmanned Aircraft” would also require any commercial operators to obtain a special permit from the city for any video or photography within city limits.
The proposal initiated with the police department and Chief of Police Laura Farinella introduced the measure with a presentation to city leaders, saying that complaints about drones in the community are on the rise.
“I have literally sat with people an hour in my conference room just so they can vent to me about how frustrated they are but there is literally nothing we can do,” she said, adding that the police lacked the authority to cite drone operators.
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About Chief of Police Laura Farinella
Laura Farinella was hired by the Laguna Beach Police Department in March 2015, prior to that she worked for the Long Beach Police Department for 25 years. While in Long Beach she worked all Patrol Divisions, was a Field Training Officer, Police Academy Recruit Training Officer, Academy Instructor, Administrative Corporal, Internal Affairs Sergeant, and assistant to the Deputy Chief of Investigations. As a commander she managed the Communications Division, East Patrol Division and the Gang and Violent Crimes Division, and was Chief of Staff to then Chief Jim McDonnell.
About Laguna Beach, California
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. It is known for a mild year-round climate, scenic coves, environmental preservation, and artist community. The population in the 2010 census was 22,723.
Historically a territory of Paleoindians, the Tongva people and then Mexico, the location became part of the United States following the Mexican–American War. Laguna Beach was settled in the 1870s, officially founded in 1887 and, in 1927 its current government was incorporated as a city. In 1944, the city adopted a council-manager form for its government. The city has remained relatively isolated from urban encroachment by its surrounding hills, limited highway access, and a dedicated greenbelt. The Laguna Beach coastline is protected by 5.88 miles (9.46 km) of state marine reserve and an additional 1.21 miles (1.95 km) of state conservation area.
Tourism is the primary industry with an estimated three million people visiting the community annually. Annual large events include the Pageant of the Masters, Festival of the Arts, Sawdust Art Festival, Art-A-Fair, Bluewater Music Festival, and Kelpfest.