Drones, GPS Used To Measure Town Neck Beach

The condominium association, Sandwich Shores Condominium Association, argues, however, that the right-of-way no longer exists because the town beach has been washed away.  In addition, the White Cape Path residents say, they have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to

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8 Ways Your Drone Could Land You in Jail

By 2020, there will be more than 7 million drones in US skies alone. Hobby flying is booming. With ever greater numbers of untrained operators has come increasing numbers of accidents, as well as some hair-raising near-misses with commercial planes.

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Hot Topics in Community Association Law: Attack of the Drones

Given the ever-changing world in which we live, it is important for community associations to at least try to keep up with, if not stay ahead of, the latest trends. This can seem like a daunting task for even the

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Three Tips to Get Your HOA’s Drone Rules Off the Ground

Look up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane…no, it’s a drone! And it could cause a potential conflict in your homeowner’s association (HOA).  While some HOAs and property management companies use the drones as a tool to

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New, Relaxed Regulations Make Drone Use on Construction Projects Easier

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently introduced relaxed regulations concerning the use of drones for commercial purposes. The new regulations could have a significant impact on drone usage in the construction industry.     Read the article………….

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‘Peeping Tom’ concern over drones (Australia)

LEADERS of Queensland’s $100 billion strata property sector have come out in support of drones being used to inspect high rise residential apartment buildings across the Sunshine Coast.  But they have called on government authorities to lay out a plan

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Drone Registration

Last December the Federal Aviation Administration implemented a rule requiring the registration of small unmanned aircraft systems (drones). Under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, Section 333, the Administration is authorized to adopt rules and regulations governing most

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Man will not face charges after drone crashes into Fla. high-rise condo

An Ohio man will not face charges after his drone crashed into a Cape Marco community last month.  A camera on the drone captured the entire incident. The video shows the drone along the water line and can be seen

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Drone crashes into Marco Island (FL) condo; video records incident

A drone was capturing breathtaking, crystal clear video above the Gulf of Mexico and Cape Marco. Aerials showed picturesque blue skies, waves crashing ashore and Marco Island’s coastal high-rises.   Read the article…………….

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Are Drones Allowed on Condominium Property?

Increasingly, condominiums are facing issues with drone use on condominium property. With this increase comes a concern about noise, safety and security, privacy, and nuisance, which condominiums will have to consider.  The purpose of section 58 of the Condominium Act

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Drones in Your Neighborhood

Once used exclusively by the military, drones are now becoming more and more common in private use. While they do have some benefits, such as Amazon’s promise to deliver products via drones, there are also some drawbacks to drones, especially

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The Drone Debate: Should Drones Take to the Skies at Your Co-op or Condo? (NY)

Drones. Everyone has heard of them. No one is sure what to make of them. Are they destined to be the scourge of the skies? Or are they simply a brilliant convenience that will allow regular folks to complete everyday

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Drones in Community Associations

Drones are no longer exclusive to the military. The prices continue to plummet and the technology has improved to allow even the not-so-tech-savvy consumer to easily pilot the flying devices. But when drones land on the White House lawn or

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Tampa (FL) condos consider drone ban

Two Tampa condo towers are trying to ban people from using drones on their property.  The devices can capture incredible video, but management at Skypoint and Element in downtown Tampa also call them a privacy risk. And that only scratches

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Condominiums And HOAs In A Growing Tech World: Drones (FL)

There is a growing sense of concern among community associations regarding the legal ramifications as the popularity and availability of drones rises. This begs the question of whether there are limitations condominiums and HOAs can impose on the ability of

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Drone Regulation in Florida Community Associations – Part Two

QUESTION: The drone has a camera on it, and we are feeling like our privacy is being invaded. What can we do? ANSWER: Florida drone regulation law does address the use of a drone camera in any area in which

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New Jersey Townhome Development Claims Jurisdiction Over Airspace

A townhome development homeowners association in Mendham, NJ has passed a resolution banning the flight of model airplanes and drones in the neighborhood.  Read the article……….

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Drone Regulation in Community Associations

QUESTION: One of the residents in the community is flying a drone around the homes. Is there any law on drone regulation?    Read the Q&A………..

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Drones and Associations: Welcome Your Tiny Overlords

Drones, Drones, Drones! You may be tired of all of the “droning” by bloggers about these little pesky nuisances. You better get used to it because they’re here to stay. Given their increasing prevalence in society and in Association news,

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Droning On…Compiled Links Beginning January 8, 2016

Compiled by Clifford Treese Folks: I have been asked to collect in one place a number of the links that I have sent out on drones.   If the links below demonstrate anything, it is that drones and their impact

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Drone Wars: South Carolina Drone Laws and Your Homeowners Association and Condominium Association

As highlighted in his recent blog post, Jim Slaughter of Rossabi Black Slaughter, P.A., noted the explosion of drone purchasing and use. This post is designed to supplement Jim’s summary of specific drone-related laws passed in North Carolina by providing

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Drone Use By and In NC Homeowner and Condominium Associations

Drone use is exploding. Some 700,000 drones were expected to be sold in the United States over the holidays. 2 million drones will likely be sold worldwide in 2016. As use of drones has become more popular, issues involving drones

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Can my neighbor fly his drone over my home?

Q. I live in a single-family homeowners’ association in North Carolina and recently saw one of my neighbors flying a drone with a camera attached above my property. Can’t my HOA regulate this?     Read the Q&A…………

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Drone On – May I See Your Flight Registration Please?

On Monday, December 14, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) announced new rules impacting users of any small unmanned aircraft (“UAS”) (i.e., drones or unmanned aerial vehicles) ranging in weight between 0.55 pounds and 55 pounds.  Read the article…………..

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Invasion of the Drones

Yeah, you read that right: drones. Call it a sign of the times, but the rising popularity of remote-controlled drones means you’re likely to see this issue in your community in the future — if you haven’t already.    Read

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Drone helps fight Austin (TX) condo blaze

Three Austin firefighters injured battling a condo blaze are recovering Monday afternoon. Two are now out of the hospital and a third is being treated at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. All were injured when the second floor

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What to Know About Using Private Drones in Your Homeowners Association (CA)

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a drone! Camera-mounted private drones are becoming increasing popular. However, the technology and problems that come with them are still new, and enforcing this violation in your homeowners association will bring unique challenges,

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Eye In The Sky: Drone Usage and Rules in Community Associations

Over the past few years, federal, state, and local governments have grappled with the rocketing popularity of unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones. The issue has also become a point of concern for some associations as they deal with

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Florida leads U.S. for FAA drone approval in real estate

As the remote-controlled devices increasingly claim air space, they have also drawn the attention of homeowner associations and commercial pilots.  A recent newsletter from a homeowner association in Brevard County reads that drones “trespass by flying low over a person’s

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Is There A Limitation On The Use of Drones In Community Associations? (FL)

Question: The issue of remote-controlled “drones” was recently brought up at our homeowners’ association meeting. There was concern by certain residents that people might start using drones within the community. Are there limitations on the ability of the people to

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Drones and Community Associations

With the rapid increase of technology in today’s world, there are many new gadgets and devices that offer people the ability to do things they previously weren’t able to do. Lately, there has been a growing trend where consumers are

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Drones Are in the Air and in the News ? They Should Also Be on Board Agendas

When it comes to technology I am somewhat of a technophobe. I was a Blackberry holdout and I still read newspapers (the paper version) in my hand. So, not surprisingly, I hadn’t thought much about drones ? until I looked

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Drones & Privacy – Condo and HOA leaders need to know about a new law called the Freedom from Unwanted Surveillance Act

This new law went into effect July 1. It prohibits a person, state agency or political subdivision from using a drone to capture the image of a privately owned property or anyone on the property with the intent to conduct

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Drones: Can They Be the Next Big Thing In Real Estate?

Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles that have been used by the military for many duties. However, recently they have been gaining interest in the private sector, and many businesses and companies see the benefits of being able to use them,

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Using Drones To Enforce HOA Violations

Drones are quite the “buzz” nowadays. Last month the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted Amazon permission to start testing their delivery drones. Imagine getting your packages minutes after ordering them. Amazing.   Read the article……….

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Drones Overhead in Neighborhood Communities

Although it may sound futuristic, camera-equipped, aerial vehicles known as drones are something you’ll likely see used by community associations in the near future.      Read the article………..

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Tense Video Shows the Moment a Man Is Confronted for Flying His Drone on a ‘Public Beach’: ‘You’ve Been Told’

The guest of an Orange Beach, Alabama, condo had to ground operations after an “emotionally distressed angry man” who said he was an employee confronted him.  Kevin Henderson, the man behind the controls, said another man who was also flying

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Condo Prepares For Future By Installing Drone Landing Pad (CA)

A lot of Los Angeles apartments suffer from the same woes: there’s no place for your friends to park, and there’s no place for drones to land. Luckily, one condo downtown will offer a drone landing pad.   Read more………

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Drones present opportunity, challenge for community associations

In the not-too-distant future, community associations could launch camera-equipped, unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, for many routine tasks. They will be able to examine buildings for leaks and damage, check on the performances of contractors and find illegal

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Drones in Community Associations – Part 2

The previous blog post, “Drones in Community Association – Part I,” discussed the association’s regulation of the use of drones throughout and within the community. This post will discuss the potential for associations to utilize drones in everyday management and

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Policing what’s possible: Condo community votes to ban drone use (FL)

Last August, a marketing executive in Vancouver was eating dinner on the patio of his 36th story condo when he came face to face with a fluorescent blur. It seemed to float in the air, bobbing smoothly up and down.

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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a — Drone?

You may have recently sightedadrone flying over Texas airspace, especially if you follow college football. A University of Texas student was arrested for flying a drone over Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium during the first home football game

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Drones in Community Associations – Pt. 1

Florida homeowners and condominium associations are now facing issues that were inconceivable at the time the community governing documents were drafted. The use of drones or UAS (“unmanned aircraft systems”) is beginning to exponentially expand. With the potential for packages

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Drones in Your Community

Privately operated drones are increasingly in the news because of the noise they make, the danger they pose to commercial air traffic, and invasion of privacy issues (many carry high definition cameras).    Read more………

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Drones could get expanded role in real estate

Drones — also known as “unmanned aerial vehicles ” — are everywhere. Our military uses them in warfare, archeologists scan ancient Peruvian ruins to avoid damage, and others survey hydroelectric dams. One even illegally landed early Monday on the White

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Drone Activity in Communities Can Be Regulated

Question: We have a resident that flies a camera-equipped drone over homes in our gated community. I am concerned that this is a violation of privacy and that the drone could cause damage to my property. What laws regulate drones

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Eyes in the sky: Should the use of drones be restricted?

Drones have been the topic of conversation for the past several years sparking privacy concerns amongst residential communities. In the state of Florida, Governor Rick Scott signed a bill that limits law enforcement’s use of drone aircraft; however, that bill

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‘Creepy’ drones in Victoria (BC) raise concerns, calls for regulation

Several Victoria residents have had “creepy” encounters with drones in recent days, which has privacy experts calling for regulations around the camera-equipped, remote-controlled devices.  Serena Lee was in her second-floor condo at Mermaid Wharf with friend Julie French just after

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Florida community associations tackle drones, medical marijuana

Community associations in Florida are preparing to tackle more than the typical complaints of overweight pets and kiddies in the 55-plussers hot tub.  South Florida attorney Donna DiMaggio Berger, who specializes in community association law, said medical marijuana use and

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Airspace in an Age of Drones (Research Paper)

The growing interest in domestic drones is drawing new attention to unresolved questions regarding the scope of landowners’ rights in the airspace above their land. Domestic drones are small, unmanned aircraft capable of delivering packages or capturing photos. Existing aerial

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