Where to Fly a Drone in Tampa


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It's often challenging to find a legal, safe, and visually interesting location to fly your drone, especially in a densely populated area with one or more airports.

After a round of comprehensive research, our team compiled a list of where to fly a drone in Tampa. We also have this list of drone laws in Florida that might be helpful.

Where do you like to fly your drone in Tampa? We welcome your comments/experiences below.

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  • 5 months later...

I went to Curtis Hixon park on Sunday and was promptly kicked out by two bike cops who openly stated I was not bothering anyone and also not allowed to fly a drone there. they stated i need a permit and or in the case of an event they may allow it but it is not allowed for recreational use. 

 

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  • 4 weeks later...

Hi @jdatooth

Welcome to the UAV Coach Community Forum! I am sorry to hear about your experience at Curtis Hixon Park. Extensive research goes into every location that we choose for our 'Where to Fly' pages and we were unable to locate any regulations against drones at this particular location. 

Unfortunately, I have heard stories from people about going to a park and were told by a security guard that drones were banned. Only to find out later from the parks administration office that drones are allowed. Sometimes people are misinformed or do not like drones and have their own agenda. 

Next time this happens anywhere you fly, I recommend that you ask them for a written copy of the regulations just to validate that the regulations are actually in place. 

Thanks for bringing this to our attention, safe flying out there!

 - Chase 

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Just FYI, looks like Tampa parks are off the menu:

City of Tampa City Ordinance (Section 16-36) provides the following restrictions regarding the use of drones:

No person shall take off, launch, ascend, or descend any aircraft, glider, balloon, model airplane, or parachute in or upon any department managed land without contractual authority or an approved facility rental application from the department.

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On 4/20/2020 at 1:23 PM, TampaAnonymous said:

Just FYI, looks like Tampa parks are off the menu:

City of Tampa City Ordinance (Section 16-36) provides the following restrictions regarding the use of drones:

No person shall take off, launch, ascend, or descend any aircraft, glider, balloon, model airplane, or parachute in or upon any department managed land without contractual authority or an approved facility rental application from the department.

The Tampa Ordnance was written before the 2017 Florida Statute (FS 330.41, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Act) which preempts local municipalities from creating restrictions or pilot requirements not in the Florida Statute.  It may be helpful to carry a copy of the statute, in case there's an opportunity for a discussion.  You can still be cited and have to argue your case in court though.

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Where is the best place (safe and legal) to launch from, to shoot shipping traffic going under or near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge? I am contracted by a shipping company to shoot their newest fleet and location. Can you fly drones around the Skyway Bridge? Or who can I contact to get permission. What park or location (fishing pier etc) will let me take off, I know you can't launch from the state parks.

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  • 10 months later...

I'm a member of a local group called the Suncoast Photo & Video Drone Club.  We fly primarily out of Pinellas County which is just across the bay from Tampa.  We fly quite a bit in Oldsmar in places such as Veterans Memorial Park, Sheffield Park, Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve and R.E. Olds Park.  We also fly at Ed Radice Sports Complex in Tampa.  We fly nearly every Sunday at 9:30.  Check out our club on Meetup.  We're not flying this Sunday as a group because of Labor Day weekend but I'll be out there if anyone wants to check them out.  I got my FAA 107 license last November and have been out there ever since. 

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On 6/13/2020 at 3:49 PM, Raven1 said:

The Tampa Ordnance was written before the 2017 Florida Statute (FS 330.41, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Act) which preempts local municipalities from creating restrictions or pilot requirements not in the Florida Statute.  It may be helpful to carry a copy of the statute, in case there's an opportunity for a discussion.  You can still be cited and have to argue your case in court though.

Great information. Thanks!

 

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