September 16, 2009

City refuses kite flying regulation

City officials in Norfolk, Va., say they are refusing to regulate kite flying on city property, despite a 1953 law banning it.

The Norfolk City Council declined a request from city staffers Tuesday to regulate kite and model airplane flying on city property, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday.

Council members said they opposed the proposal because it would have effectively banning the bucolic past-time in areas not specifically named in the legislation.

I'm not going to oppose kids trying fly a kite on the beach, Councilman W. Randy Wright said.

However, Assistant City Manager Stanley Stein said kite flying on city property has been banned since 1953. Officials said no one knows the reason the ordinance was adopted and it is rarely enforced.