No Cell Phone Tower in Crescent Oaks or Golf Course
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The Master Board of Crescent Oaks HOA was presented with a copy of plans being submitted by Ace Golf for construction of a cell phone tower. The tower, should it be built, will be on golf course property behind Crescent Oaks residential area. The Club is asking for an easement on our property for construction equipment and then for continuing maintenance.
1. LOWERED PROPERTY VALUES: A survey conducted in June 2014 by the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy in Washington, D.C., indicated cell towers and antennas negatively impact interest in real estate properties. This survey showed home buyers and renters are less interested in properties located near cell towers and antennas, as well as in properties where a cell tower or group of antennas are placed on top of or attached to a building. Of the 1,000 survey respondents, 94% reported that cell towers and antennas in a neighborhood or on a building would negatively impact interest in a property and the price they would be willing to pay for it. And 79% said under no circumstances would they ever purchase or rent a property within a few blocks of a cell tower or antennas.
2. HEALTH CONCERNS: Low levels of radiation emitted by cell phone towers may be harmful. Towers emit radio frequencies (RF), which are essentially the same frequency radiation as microwaves and microwave ovens, for a distance as large as two miles. Scientists at the School of Public Health of Harvard University say that the radiation from cell phone towers is a serious health hazard. This has been documented by several other studies in Germany, Israel, and Poland which have shown that low levels of radiation emitted from cell towers can cause brain tumor, cancer, depression, miscarriage, insomnia, Alzheimer’s disease, apart from damaging cell tissues and the DNA.
Since the general public believes that exposure to radio frequency or electromagnetic field emissions is dangerous, nearby property is less valuable regardless of whether or not fears over the dangers are founded. For example, the selling price of a house located near an RF or EMF transmission line may be much lower than prices of similar properties located farther away, simply because families are afraid of potential negative health effects that could result from living in a house that is so close to the transmission line or field.
3. NOISE: Cell phone towers are potential noise nuisances. Many cell tower devices have a noisy cooling fan, that cycles on and off 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While it is on, it produces audible noise within the homes nearby. A device on a tower is in a unique position to project noise in all directions and affect many neighbors.
4. FLOOD IMPACT: In order to build an access road to the tower, the road must go through a wetland, and furthermore, the proposed tower is located within a FEMA Flood Zone. Because of this location the land under the tower must be built up, which would present an immediate flood impact to the homes nearby.
5. WILDLIFE PRESERVE: Construction of the cell phone tower and access road would take away the natural habitat for wildlife known to live in the proposed cell phone tower site in the Crescent Oaks Community. The US Fish and Wildlife would need to conduct an evaluation of the impact to Wildlife before permitting could be approved.
5. AESTHETICS: The proposed cell tower and its opaque fence will become an eyesore to nearby homes, obstructing or tarnishing cherished views of our property and the golf course.
The above points underscore why wireless facilities are commercial facilities and do not belong in residential areas, parks and schools, and should be placed in alternative, less obtrusive locations. Our Pinellas County Commissioners and/or Board of Adjustment have the power to regulate the placement and appearance of cell towers, and the residents of Crescent Oaks request that our local officials adopt an updated or new wireless facility ordinance that protects homes, schools, parks and nursing homes.
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