By Councilmember Julie Pace
On Tuesday night, there was approximately 100 drones in a light show displayed on Mummy Mountain. It was a gigantic display that appeared to be 100 feet tall or larger. You could see it throughout the community.
There were women’s legs in a dance scenario, a bottle of liquor pouring into a glass, ferris wheel, pinwheel, cactus and mountains, an arch, the words St Kitt and congrats, and many more.
Our Town prohibits lighting or laser shows on the mountains. It appears that a group obtained an FAA license to complete a lighted drone show with Vegas-style approach and performed it over Mummy Mountain and what appear to be over Paradise Valley Mountain Preserve Trust land, as well as private property.
Residents complained to the police. I have asked our Town manager if we can investigate further to determine if we need to add additional provisions or clarifications in it so that we do not have lighted drone shows on the mountains and trust land or in our neighborhoods.
Stay tuned while we try to address yet another attempt at turning our community into a commercial enterprise. We are not Phoenix or Scottsdale and we do not allow hot air balloons, ferris wheels, base jumping, or Laser or light shows on the mountains, and we strive to treat the mountains with respect and quiet. We have to stay vigilant.