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Canaveral National Seashore bans use of drones

Drones are used in many ways throughout the world, from military applications to recreational activities.
Drones are used in many ways throughout the world, from military applications to recreational activities.
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Drone operators take note, Canaveral National Seashore has issued a ban on the operation of unmanned aircraft. This applies to anyone launching, landing or operating drones from the land or water administered by the National Park Service unless written authorization has been obtained from the park Superintendent.

This regulation was included in the most recent Canaveral National Seashore Compendium of designations, closures, request requirements and other restrictions imposed under the discretionary authority of Canaveral National Seashore's Superintendent. The compendium was signed and went into immediate effect in July of 2014.

The restriction was included in the Compendium as a result of a policy memorandum that was signed by National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis in June 2014 directing superintendents nationwide to prohibit the launching, landing, or operating unmanned aircraft on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service.

For drone operators who wish to seek written permission to operate within the park boundaries, the park superintendent must be notified about the exact nature of the request and the purpose for which drone use is being requested. Myrna Palfrey-Perez is the superintendent of Canaveral National Seashore and she may be contacted by visiting the Canaveral National Seashore website or by writing to her at the main headquarters: Canaveral National Seashore, 212 S. Washington Avenue,Titusville, FL 32796.