Could Waterman Broadcasting be in Hot Water with FAA
by A. Barrett (staff writer/photographer at LAG)
It turns out this is not the first time employees of Waterman Broadcasting Corporation have been in trouble with state and federal laws. On May 10, 2017, at the Elva Ave S & 31st St SW fire in Lehigh Acres, an NBC-2 employee launched and flew their drone over the fire in violation of Federal laws. Lehigh Acres Fire Control & Rescue District informed this NBC-2 employee to land the drone and leave the area.
“As an elected Fire Commissioner of the Lehigh Acres Fire Control & Rescue District I believe that NBC-2 is being too aggressive in the hunt for exclusives and has put the staff of the Lehigh Acres Fire Department and residents in danger,” said Fire Commissioner Robert J. Anderson
This is just one of many incidents of what may have been the illegal use of drones by employees of Waterman Broadcasting Corporation, many public departments in Lee, Collier, and Charlotte Counties have also had to stop the use of the drone at emergency scenes by employees of the Waterman Broadcasting Corporation.
Here is a link to the FAA rules on flying drones near emergency scenes.
“Hiding behind the freedom of the press laws does not give a reporter or a company the right to break the State or Federal Laws and they should have to answer for the crimes if they have indeed broken any laws,” said Sarah Myers of Lehigh Acres.
It is very clear that Waterman Broadcasting Corporation knows the State and Federal laws on this subject as here are links to two stories they at NBC-2/ Waterman Broadcasting Corporation have done on the matter.
We would like to know what you think. Should the press be allowed to fly a drone in violation of State and Federal laws to get a story? Leave your comments below.