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Beach Power Paragliding Ordinance Passed

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An ordinance, once at the center of a dispute over the world largest power paragliding event, has passed in Panama City Beach.

In a 3-1 vote Thursday, the City Council approved for the city to have greater control over events involving the growing sport.

The new law will restrict how high individuals can fly, in addition to establishing set take off and landing areas.

Specifically, the City will have the ability to shut down the event if it proves too dangerous, following multiple attempts to promote safer practices.

This clause was cited by "Beach Blast Fly in Paradise" organizer, John Black, as the reason for him canceling his event, just shy of its fifth year.

Black was not present at Thursday's meeting.