Drones will not be allowed at professional boat race in Guntersville

GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Officials are gearing up in Marshall County for the upcoming H-1 professional boat races set for later this month. But don't plan on bringing a drone to the event.

Officials say they're seeking City Council approval Monday night to prevent their use around the professional sport.

Everyone is getting really excited about the races, which will be getting here in just less than three weeks and officials say  that many of the area hotels and motels are already booked.

Much of the work around the one-and-a-half mile course, which follows Sunset Drive, is now complete.

A speaker system has now been installed along the route of Brown's Creek where the race will take place so people can hear the announcer.

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Officials say there will be no parking during the three-day race and a bus system will be taking people from city harbor, county park, Connor's Island and other locations to the race venue.

They're also asking people not to fly drones near the race location as they will be doing the same to watch the curves in the race and other reasons.

"Alabama Army National Guard is going to have a water jump. We are going to have some flyovers and some other things like that and so we want to make sure that in all aspects that we know what's in the air and so we have some control over that and so it's really a safety issue for those that are already authorized to fly," said Katy Norton, president of the Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Officials urge everyone to go ahead and get their tickets because the price of the tickets goes up on the day of the race.

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