Loveland Hot Air Balloons Fight for Their Right to Land
Anyone who's gone on a hot air balloon ride knows just how wondrous floating through the sky can be - the crisp morning air, mimosas, couples getting engaged, and oh, that gorgeous Northern Colorado sunrise.
You may not have known this, but until recently, hot air balloons needed permission to take off and land in Loveland. Beginning next month, however, they'll be able to fly without prior approval.
According to the Loveland Reporter-Herald, City Council members voted for a full repeal of 2 ordinances to allow hot air balloons to take flight and land within city limits without needing permission. The repeal passed with an 8-1 vote.
That one "no" vote came from Councilwoman Joan Shaffer who says she's "more inclined to support the specific exemption and then maybe additional study on other types of aircraft moving around the city," including drones and similar aircrafts.
Will this affect the Northern Colorado Regional Airport? No - director Jason Licon says he doesn't believe there's any conflict with the repeal as it relates to the airport's operations.
The issue was thoroughly discussed, as detailed by the Loveland Reporter-Herald. Either way, it's happening, and Northern Colorado residents will get to enjoy more hot air ballooning in the beautiful city of Loveland. Can't complain about that!