Concerns over balloon fiesta landing sites

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is only a few days away, and where the balloons launch and land may be an issue this year. 
City council members met Monday night to talk about an ordinance that clears up what balloonists call an outdated zoning issue. Although areas like the airport, pueblos, Kirtland Air Force Base and a few other select areas are off limits, an obscure city ordinance states that, legally, balloons are only allowed to take off and land at Double Eagle Airport and Balloon Fiesta Park
Officials say it's hard to imagine any kind of enforcement during the fiesta. City Council is considering a proposed ordinance that would allow balloons to take off and land in all zoning areas, as long as pilots have the permission of property owners.



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