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With 400-foot tower approved, what’s next?

The 400-foot city and county first responders’ communications tower got the go-ahead. So, what’s next?

Construction will start in late fall, deputy city manager George Brown said after Palm Beach County commissioners paved the way Thursday.

The city’s current 180-foot tower will be dismantled once the new one is ready, Brown added. But permitting hasn’t started yet.

The tower will go on a slice of rezoned public land on the southeast corner near Florida’s Turnpike. The site sits on the border of the city’s golf course off Glades Road.

City council authorized spending as much as $3 million on the tower space, shared only by city and county first responders.

But the open latticework structure probably won’t cost more than $2 million, Brown said.

The county will build and maintain the tower, but the city will own it afterward, according to Brown and speakers at the commission meeting.

Spending the money sparked objections by some residents. A few handed out flyers at the start of the 9:30 a.m. commission meeting. But no residents spoke against the tower when the commission voted after 4 p.m.

The attorney and the president of a private company that owns a nearby commercial tower were the only speakers against passage Thursday.

“We will have to look at all our legal remedies,” Dan Cohen, president of Sunshine Wireless Co., said afterwards.

The city is about to close on the sale of the municipal golf course. The reconfigured 193.5-acre site was rezoned for residential development by GL Homes. The proposed closing date of Oct. 31, 2020 will be on a city council agenda later this summer.

By Marci Shatzman

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