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Cell tower policy debate heats up

Cell tower policy debate heats up

Two issues in play: how to best craft an ordinance to achieve the Commission’s intent of not allowing a cell tower on the Key and if the revision must go to the Planning & Zoning Board for re-review.

May 4, 2014 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

2013 Year in Review: Stories that shaped Longboat Key — The Colony, Cell Towers, Pension reform, Hilton, Planning with the ULI, Elections & more…

2013 Year in Review: Stories that shaped Longboat Key — The Colony, Cell Towers, Pension reform, Hilton, Planning with the ULI, Elections & more…

At the end of each year, Longboat Key News reviews the events and issues that shape the town and its future. Many events are ongoing and have been debated over several years and multiple commissions such as structural solutions to North End beach erosion, whether there should be a cell tower, as well as the […]

December 31, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Longboat Key Commission says ‘no’ to cell towers

Longboat Key Commission says ‘no’ to cell towers

‘The community says the preferred solution is not a tower, the ULI said to avoid a tower, I would like to see towers removed from this ordinance.’

November 16, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Town ready to debate cell tower policy

Town ready to debate cell tower policy

The rules that will be replaced if the ordinance is adopted have been in place for years and allow towers only in Institutionally-zoned properties with a collapse zone of 200 feet.

November 10, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Spanish Main considers cell tower

Spanish Main considers cell tower

Cell tower considered at site of existing 65-foot abandoned concrete television tower.

June 24, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Commission tells manager to pursue telecommunication hierarchy approach

Commission tells manager to pursue telecommunication hierarchy approach

Sarasota attorney Mike Furen asked why the Town has not hired a telecommunications expert in developing its code. Furen said staff had admitted it does not have the expertise to evaluate applications.

June 18, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Town tangos with telecommunications

Town tangos with telecommunications

The new code proposes to allow a cell tower of up to 110 feet on all sites on Longboat Key, except for town owned property which will have a limit of 100 feet.

June 17, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Town removes cell tower height controls

Town removes cell tower height controls

The Commission decided not to put the restrictive language in the Comprehensive Plan, but instead decided it will adopt land-use regulations down the road.

June 12, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Mar Vista debacle latest in damaging decisions

Mar Vista debacle latest in damaging decisions

We have now squandered so much energy on bad land-use processes and decisions that every grandchild of every land use attorney in the Southwest Florida region has college, their first car, first two weddings and house paid for by our mistakes.

May 27, 2013 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Longboat Key: Will our future be as bright?

Longboat Key: Will our future be as bright?

Today we have a cell tower policy so strict it is the legislative equivalent of saying you can only have a child by virgin birth. Unfortunately, that, too, is under assault.

May 4, 2013 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »