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Controversial tower in west Boca Raton approved by county leaders despite controversy

Boca Raton Municipal Golf Course, site of a proposed 400-foot communications tower in southern Palm Beach County.
Posted at 6:04 AM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 19:01:51-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Palm Beach County commissioners voted on Thursday to move forward with the construction of a controversial communications tower in west Boca Raton.

Commissioners voted unanimously to change zoning to allow the 400-foot emergency communications tower to be built on the Boca Raton Municipal Golf Course, located north of Glades Road and west of Florida's Turnpike.

More than 1,000 residents signed a petition against the proposal saying the tower is unnecessary, expensive, and bad for the environment.

But Boca Raton city leaders say the tower would be used exclusively for emergency communications and is vital for public safety.

The city would have to pay up to $3 million to build the tower, which would be managed by the county.

Up next, the plan goes to the Boca Raton City Commission for final approval.