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House candidate Stacy Frank wins zoning victory, ruffles feathers



State party leaders see Democrat Stacy Frank as one of their best hopes of wresting the District 57 state House seat away from Republicans. Faye Culp is term-limited out of the seat.

But Thursday, Frank faced dozens of angry people from her own south Tampa neighborhood in City Council chambers. They turned out to fight Frank's application for a permit to install a 150-foot cell phone tower in south Tampa. Two neighborhood associations voted unanimsously to oppose the project. But Frank's company, F&L Towers, emerged victorious by a 4-3 vote.

Frank already has a history of irritating the parents of school children who object to her company's work putting cell towers on school property. “She’s seeking to represent the people from these homeowners associations," said Lisa Williams, one of the most ardent anti-cell tower activists. "These are her voters."

Williams says Frank's continued work for cell towers despite the clear opposition of people who live near them shows she doesn't really care about her consitutents. "She's not doing this for the people of the community," Williams said. "She's doing this for her pocketbook and her business."

Janet Zink, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:26pm]


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