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Cell tower opponents plan to keep an eye on Pasco plans

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November

PT_314104_FITT_protest_2 Meadow Pointe mom Susan Cali took her battle against a new cell phone tower at John Long Middle to the school's PTSA this week, but didn't gain much traction.

The group thanked Cali for her views, but took no action either for or against the tower, which is rising in a field behind the school. "We don't take a stand one way or the other," said PTSA president Stacy Krous, who added that she personally had little problem with the tower.

Cali left disturbed but undeterred.

If the PTSA knew about the tower long ago, she said, it should have alerted all parents. It might be late in the game, she added, but now that she and other opponents are aware of the tower, they'll keep fighting it.

"They can be stopped and they can be shut off and contracts can be broken." Cali told the Gradebook. "I'm hopeful this will be the case here."

If not, consider this the warm-up round for future cell tower disputes at Pasco schools.

"If we feel like we've lost this tower, we're going to do whatever we can to stop the next one," Cali said. "This is what they're going to have to put up with every time they do this."

(Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:41am]

    

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