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Committee to study rules governing cell phone tower locations



A mixture of concerned activists and industry representatives will serve on a new committee that will advise Hillsborough County commissioners on whether to change rules that affect the location of cell-phone towers.

Al Higginbotham called for the committee back in June after a series of disputes, particularly relating to proposed cell phone towers at schools that have drawn concerns from parents over whether the towers raise health concerns. It took awhile to get a decent mix of people to serve.

The committee will include: Bill Cook, a resident concerned about the possible impact of towers; Laura Belflower, a land-use attorney who has represented cell-tower interests; Will Bissitt, a real estate broker/developer; Michael Brooks, a land-use attorney who has represented citizen interests; Richard E. Davis, a land-use and real estate lawyer who has served as a hearing master for local governments; Carrie Grimail, a citizen advocate; Lisa Williams, with Responsible Tower Placement of Tampa; Manny Perotin, another citizen activist; Jim Porter, a land-use attorney who has represented the school district on tower citing issues; and Michael Rothenberg, Lee Vaughan and Denise Verrill, citizens with tower concerns. Interim County Administrator Mike Merrill also added Stephanie Agliano, a representative of TECO, and David Smith, former attorney for the city of Tampa. He's also trying to get two experts from the University of South Florida to participate.

-- Bill Varian, Times staff writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 6:05pm]


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