Cell phone companies want to put up more towers in residential areas; what do our communities want?
I remember the first time I really got to know most of my neighbors in my Broward County homeowners' association. We were in the process of being wooed by a very large telecommunications company who wanted to convince us how swell it would be to have a 75-foot cell phone tower disguised as a giant flagpole with a car dealership-type flag directly adjacent to our community's entrance.
Despite the free cookies and large Chesire cat grins maintained achingly by the cell company ambassadors, none of us were buying into this vision. Why was my community not enthralled with the pitch? For some of us, our concerns centered on the aesthetics of viewing the unsightly structure on our daily departure and re-entry to the community. For others, their opposition stemmed from perceived health risks and a general outrage that big business was too lazy to situate a commercial structure in a more appropriate commercial location. Regardless of our individual reasons, we quickly got to know each other, got organized and the association hired counsel to fight the placement of this structure in a residential neighborhood.
Naturally, the cell phone company had their legal counsel try to bully and badger us but we were successful in our fight and the cell tower was ultimately located in a commercial location. I hadn't thought about that battle for quite some time until yesterday's front page article on the cell tower debate heading to the Florida Supreme Court. Apparently all our smartphones, tablets and other gadgets require a lot of juice and the cell phone companies would have us believe that the only space left to power them up is in or near our private residential communities and parks. The outcome of that case might see a lot more giant flagpoles and fake pine trees popping up in places they are not wanted.
While I enjoy my share of electronic gadgetry, I would undertake the battle again if my private residential community was in the crosshairs of big business. It will be interesting to see if other affected associations engage on this issue and follow a similar path to the one my community took. If nothing else, a common enemy can bring a warring community closer together than anything else. We still have neighbors who remain friendly until today because they put aside petty squabbles once they found themselves on the same side of the cell tower battle lines. Tecnhology is great but to most people, their homes are sacred. To read more on the Sun Sentinel cell tower article, click here: http://www.menafn.com/menafn/41368fe5-aed9-44a6-8177-6ad41940b33c/Fights-over-cell-towers-could-affect-service?src=main