Article Courtesy of Bay News 9
By Saundra Weathers
Published March 18, 2017
LAND O'LAKES -- Residents of the Concord Station community said they got a
notice online alerting them that the homeowners' association would be flying a
test drone Tuesday. Officials with the community said a drone was used today at
200 feet instead 50 feet of because of the wind.
They also used a
vehicle with a camera mounted to a car to see if that’s a
Resident Joe Denuncio said he did a double take when he
first heard the plan.
“I’m still confused -- I’m not sure what the drones, the
purpose of the drones, what they’re using it for,” said
Denuncio. “I don’t want a drone flying over my house, you
know, seeing my backyard. Who knows?"
"We live in Pasco County," he continued. "I may like to
sunbathe nude. I‘m sure nobody wants to see that and I don’t
want to look up and see a drone over my head.”
Denuncio said he first heard about the drone flight on the
community’s Facebook page. In the post there were some
people who were on board with the idea, while a number of
others felt the same way Denuncio does.
The people who are
opposed to the drones had a number of concerns, like the
invasion of their privacy and the drone shooting video in
Residents of the Concord Station community said they got
a notice online alerting them that the homeowners' association would be
flying a drone Tuesday.
Resident Jeremy Baczkiewicz said he’s prepared to take action legally.
“If the drone is flying above my property, I’m going to consider that a trespass
to our property and we’re going to take appropriate measures to make sure that
we protect our privacy rights,” said Baczkiewicz.
We took those concerns to Terra Management, the company that helps manage the
community's homeowners' association. Company president David Felize went into
some detail about what they plan to do with the footage.
“It helps us to understand all the physical characteristics of the community for
the purpose of avoiding homeowner hassle later on, not to create it,” he said.
According to Felize, the HOA needs the video for documentation, because they’re
no longer run by the development company. He wanted to assure residents the
drone video would be a one-time thing for the HOA.
He added that communities making video diaries isn’t uncommon, but using a drone
above the homes is a first for their company.
As far as privacy, he said invading it isn’t the goal.
Felize also said the video would be for the association to use, and that could
possibly include using it for promotional purposes one day. He had a message for
residents who might not be thrilled with that possibility.
“HOA’s are just a composite of all the people that make it up,” he said. “All of
the homeowners are members. If the homeowners don’t like what the board is
doing, they have a right to come to a meeting and voice that.”