This time Newport Beach, CA is the villain, or the guardian of public safety, depending on your point of view:
While demand for such thrill rides seems limitless, the supply has been curtailed by the Newport Beach City Council. Alarmed by noise complaints and safety concerns, the council approved a six-month moratorium on new jetpack businesses this summer, dashing the hopes of several would-be operators. The move has left Jetpack America as the only oceanfront flight school in town for now, cornering the market on what some see as an ever-expanding audience, thanks in large part to video clips posted online and Internet deals that lure new customers to the shores of Newport Beach, an idyllic setting less than 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
The devices cost $10k (formerly 100k), they push you 40 feet up, and you can go 30 mph. You can still do it in New Jersey, Delaware, and Florida, though further regulations are coming. How is this for a good sentence?:
The jetpack universe is small, but growing.
The full story is here, by Jennifer Medina, interesting throughout.