The Third District Court of Appeals is siding with the county in regards to the construction of a cell tower in the Lake Wildwood area. The process began several years ago when Verizon Wireless and American Tower Corporation applied to install an 88 foot cell tower on an NID tank property above Lake Wildwood. The adjacent property owners, Peter Lockyer and Juliet Erickson, objected to the construction of the tower. Special Counsel Appointed for County, Michael Colantuono, explains the applicants revised the plan to address issues presented by Lockyer and Erickson.
However, according to Colantuano, Mr. Lockyer and Ms Erickson were not happy with the adjustments.
Judge Sean Dowling heard the arguments and ruled in favor of the County.
At that point, Lockyer and Erickson appealed to the Third District Court of Appeals which generated the most recent decision.
Technically the case could be appealed up to the Supreme Court. However, Colantuano does not feel the case would go forward.
Colntuano acknowledges it’s a hard job to balance aesthetic desires of property owners, developers, community members, along with public safety issues regarding cellular service.
Coulntuano says the county is pleased with ultimate outcome of the process.
Two additional law suits regarding Lockyer and Erickson against the County are still pending.