Florida law bans kiteboarding within a mile of an airport runway. But last week, Governor Rick Scott signed an exception allowing the high-flying sport in Jacksonville’s Huguenot Memorial Park.
The park is across the St. Johns River from Mayport Navy base.
The statewide ban on extreme sports near airstrips took effect in October. That meant, popular kiteboarding spots in Huguenot park suddenly became off limits.
Fernandina Beach Representative and sponsor of the new exemption, Janet Adkins, says one area of the park is particularly important for new kiteboarders.