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Ocean City Realtors Discuss Commercial Drone Use Concerns

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- Realtors are raising concerns about commercial drone use in Ocean City. An ease in the Federal Aviation Administration regulations has sparked dialogue between realtors and the town.

The Coastal Association of Realtors is asking the town to consider the effects the new regulations will have on the real estate market. Joe Wilson is a board member and chairman with the Coastal Association of Realtors and said the town needs to clarity from the town on the new eased drone regulations. 

"They haven't put any regulations on the books, so basically they're trying to figure out how to interpret the FAA guidelines," Wilson said. 

The original FAA regulations require a pilot's license. The lighter regulations now require passing a knowledge-based test. 

"As technology continues to increase, it's very beneficial for us and our members to have that technology as an advantage for marketing purposes," Wilson said. "It really gives you a different perspective and shows what an individual could have. For example, if I were going to up against another realtor and that realtor used drone technology and I did not, that could be a potential I could lose a listing."

According to Jessica Waters, an Ocean City spokesperson, commercial drone use within town limits is guided by FAA regulations. Wilson said as of now members are operating under the FAA guidelines. Waters said a meeting is set for Friday to continue to discuss drone regulations in Ocean City. 


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