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How to regulate drones? Newport prefers education over a new law

How to regulate drones? Newport prefers education over a new law

Newport Beach wants to mount an educational campaign for people who fly drones.

The remote-controlled, camera-equipped aircraft are popular for seeing the city’s coast with a bird’s-eye view. But privacy, noise and safety concerns about the buzzing, hovering devices sent the topic before the City Council this week, starting a discussion on how to control drone use.

Resident Erica Lowe said she has called police about drone users a few times. She wants recreational drone flights banned.

“These things are a complete nuisance. They are an invasion of privacy,” she said. “You can be sitting outside and you can hear these things directly right over you. I’ve seen them on...

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