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Mackinac Island restricts drone use; horses, tourism cited

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MACKINAC ISLAND, MI (AP) -

Mackinac Island is restricting drones amid worries that such unmanned aircraft may startle the island's horses and interfere with its historic charm.

The Detroit News reports the restriction is expected to go into effect July 26 requiring visitors and residents on the northern Michigan island to seek permission from officials before flying drones. City Council recently approved the ordinance.

According to the ordinance, potential drone operators will need to request a permit before flying their devices. Violators could be subject to a fine.

Officials note that the island has a tourist-based economy that is heavily reliant on its historic character, its prohibition of motor vehicles and its use of horse-drawn vehicles. City Clerk Michelle Wightman says the ordinance builds upon one for the island's state parkland.

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