As more and more people become comfortable with the idea of drones, municipalities are starting to see the value that drones can provide as tools. You can see that reflected as more and more cities are investing portions of their budget into drones. A perfect example is the City of Miami’s recent purchase.
The City of Miami’s $5,400 DJI Inspire Pro drone aircraft, camera and an upgraded accessories package was purchased with funding set aside by Miami Emergency Management from federal flood funds.
“During the last flooding Glenda (Longan, Miami’s Emergency Management Director) and I were getting questions that we couldn’t answer because of the dynamics of the flooding,” Miami City Manager Dean Kruithof said. “In fact we even had to call GRDA (Grand River Dam Authority) a couple of times, because they did an overflight of the area, and asked, ‘Did you see these issues?’ that we’re getting calls about.”
Kruithof said city staff discussed getting a drone at a suggestion of Miami’s paralegal Krista Duhon.
About Miami, Florida
Miami is a city located on the Atlantic coast in southeastern Florida and the county seat of Miami-Dade County. The 44th-most populated city proper in the United States, with a population of 430,332, it is the principal, central, and most populous city of the Miami metropolitan area, and the most populous metropolis in the Southeastern United States after Washington, D.C. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Miami’s metro area is the eighth-most populous and fourth-largest urban area in the United States, with a population of around 5.5 million.
Miami is a major center, and a leader in finance, commerce, culture, media, entertainment, the arts, and international trade. In 2012, Miami was classified as an Alpha−World City in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory. In 2010, Miami ranked seventh in the United States in terms of finance, commerce, culture, entertainment, fashion, education, and other sectors. It ranked 33rd among global cities. In 2008, Forbes magazine ranked Miami “America’s Cleanest City”, for its year-round good air quality, vast green spaces, clean drinking water, clean streets, and city-wide recycling programs. According to a 2009 UBS study of 73 world cities, Miami was ranked as the richest city in the United States, and the world’s fifth-richest city in terms of purchasing power. Miami is nicknamed the “Capital of Latin America,” is the second largest U.S. city with a Spanish-speaking majority, and the largest city with a Cuban-American plurality.