ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - If you want to keep a massive
cellphone tower from going up in your backyard, you'd better try to stop it before it's built.
Investigative reporter Christopher Heath uncovered just how far one company was prepared to go to build a tower, and how residents were able to stop it in its tracks.
West Orange County resident Rozanna Hernandez was skeptical when a representative for a cell tower company asked for her signature to build a new tower.
"They couldn't do the original plan that they had because they would need our signature," Hernandez said.
She thought by saying no, it would stop the tower.
Instead, the company moved the tower a dozen feet, legally, no longer needing her
"This is not a commercial area, industrial area, this is a residential area," Hernandez said.
But residential areas are where
Facing cries of "not in my backyard" companies have gotten creative, disguising towers as flag poles,
The reason so many towers are being built is due to
William Cierebiej helped lead the fight against a west Orange County tower, which eventually was voted down by planning and zoning.
The state is under pressure to build more
It means while residents in one neighborhood kept their view unobstructed, as populations grow, it may only be a matter of time.