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Cell tower at Hillsborough's Buchanan Middle School rejected

Among those opposing the school cell tower are Ellen and Lee Vaughan, who erected a large sign against it outside their Woodbriar home that abuts Buchanan Middle School.

STEPHEN J. CODDINGTION | Times

Among those opposing the school cell tower are Ellen and Lee Vaughan, who erected a large sign against it outside their Woodbriar home that abuts Buchanan Middle School.

CARROLLWOOD — A Hillsborough County land use hearing officer has denied an application for a cell phone tower to be built at Buchanan Middle School.

The 160-foot tower was being proposed for the school at 1001 W Bearss Ave. Collier Enterprises II, the company that seeks out potential tower locations for cell carriers, handled the lease agreement.

But the request was met with much opposition by people in the neighborhoods surrounding the school.

Ellen and Lee Vaughan hired an attorney and a former planner to fight the request. The couple's Woodbriar home is 75 feet from the proposed site.

James Scarola, the county hearing officer, heard from Collier and those residents at a public hearing last month.

Scarola denied the request earlier this week, saying it was inconsistent with the county's future comprehensive plan.

Jim Porter, the land use attorney representing Collier, said his client was reviewing Scarola's decision and "will decide how they want to move forward."

"We're very pleased," said Ellen Vaughan, adding she won't stop here.

"We are still interested in working with the Board of County Commissioners," she said. "The setbacks for these towers need to be changed so they're more in compliance with the state and nation for safety reasons."

Cell tower at Hillsborough's Buchanan Middle School rejected 01/07/10 [Last modified: Thursday, January 7, 2010 11:21pm]
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