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Republican House candidate makes cell towers an issue



About two dozen people turned up at a south tampa strip center today to protest a 150-foot cell tower that Stacy Frank, a Democratic candidate for the District 57 state House seat, wants to build there. They wore t-shirts that read "Obey Zoning Laws" and chanted "No thanks, Stacy Frank." They site health, safety and aesthetics as their concerns. "No big ugly cell towers!" Marlin Anderson shouted to the cars passing by.

Among those milling about: Republican C. Todd Marks, who also wants to represent District 57. "I'm really here just to support the neighborhood," said Marks, who lives in West Chase. He said that the Tampa City Council should reconsider its preliminary approval last month of a height restriction waiver to allow the tower. A final vote is scheduled for Thursday. "I'm trying to understand why the City Couincil would ignore so many people who are so passionately against it," he said.

He also took the opportunity to point out that one of his opponents in the Republican primary, Dana Young, has also represented wireless companies.

"Todd is confused," Young said when asked about the topic. She said she did represent a cell phone company when she worked in the Fowler White law firm's regulated industries department. But she said she never permitted a cell phone tower.

Janet Zink, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:28pm]


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