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Hernando county residents protest possible drone aircraft at airport.

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Brian Moore lives in Hernando County. He is protesting the county's decision to look into the possibility of allowing drone aircraft to operate out of Hernando County Airport. Brian Moore lives in Hernando County. He is protesting the county's decision to look into the possibility of allowing drone aircraft to operate out of Hernando County Airport.
Some Hernando County residents are not happy that the idea of having drones fly in and out of the airport. Some Hernando County residents are not happy that the idea of having drones fly in and out of the airport.
BROOKSVILLE, FL (WFLA) -

The Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport isn't usually busy, but that may change.

The county commission is looking into a partnership that might include a drone aircraft base.

Brian Moore is part of a group of residents opposed to idea. Moore has two reasons why they don't like drones.

"We're very concerned about the safety feature.  That it's a potential for accidents and a loss of these drones in our community is very possible."

Gary Schraut is the chairman of the Hernando County Aviation Authority. He says safety will always be first.

"I strongly doubt that they're going to be pushing something forward here that would endanger the citizens of Hernando County. But we can pull the plug at anytime."

Brian Moore says the second reason why they don't like drones is because, "it's in invasion of our privacy. The Fourth amendment under the Constitution gives us the right to not be surveyed by the government and not for our homes to be invaded."

But he did come up with one acceptable use of the aircraft.

"You have boaters that are lost at sea and you can have an instrument out there legitimately looking for survivors."

Schraut says that bringing in businesses could create a much needed revenue stream.

"We're just looking to be able to explore that opportunity and see if there is something here that can benefit the citizens of Hernando county and Florida."

But Moore says it is not worth the risk.

"We have to protect the quality of life for our citizens and that's one of the basis. So jobs, jobs, jobs and the economy..it doesn't buy it."

The group of protesters plan on gathering Tuesday morning at the government building in Brooksville to make sure the commissioners hear their message before they make any decisions about moving forward.

 

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