Parents concerned over proposed 200-foot cell phone tower in Tampa

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A curious neighbor stumbled across a sign about a Hillsborough County meeting in his Westchase neighborhood.

“I looked it up when I got home, and I saw that there was a 200-foot cell tower going that was really surprised to find out about it that way,” resident Chris Evanich said.

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People who live in the area say Skway Towers is proposing a 19-story cell tower located right behind their homes, where their kids walk and bike to school.

“There have been plenty of reports of those 70-pound branches falling, and do I want that to fall on my kids? Of course not. So, I have a lot of concerns about it,” resident Anna Labet said.

Evanich said he and a few neighbors got together to visually try to mimic what the tower would look like.

“I tied some balloons to a 150-foot string to see to get that in the air, and it was unbelievable how imposing that object looks like in the community, Evanich said.

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Neighbors said the company was hired by the Philippine Cultural Center, just down the block from the neighborhood, but residents said the cell service works just fine.

8 on your side reached out to both the Philippine Cultural Center and Skyway Towers for a comment, and so far, have not heard back.

On Monday, there will be a planning commission meeting where residents said they will be attending to voice their concerns. It will be at 9 a.m. at 601 East Kennedy Boulevard.

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