Mayor to Antenna Company: Plans to Add Poles "Offensive"
A company's plans to add five freestanding poles in front of Crystal Cove State Park, the Cameo Highlands neighborhood and other locations along East Coast Highway "is about as offensive to as many people in the city as it could possibly be," Mayor Keith Curry said at Tuesday night's City Council meeting.
The City Council voted unanimously to deny the company permission to add the poles.
Officials with the NextG Networks company declined to comment after the meeting. They had testified that they would prefer to use existing city poles for the antennas they use to boost connectivity among wireless service providers, but they want to pay $500 per year, not the city's fee, $1,500 per month.
A few residents of Cameo Highlands testified about health concerns from the antennas that would be added to the poles.
"I do know of problems from this kind of stuff," said Linda Primrose, who described herself as a "little grandma in tennis shoes." She carried an oversized purse that she said was filled with 20 years' of research on the health impact of low-energy emissions, including cancer clusters, immune system issues and more.