Crane to Train Residents of Indian River Shores on What 135’ Really Is

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Standing in the presence of an average NBA player, the typical basketball fan would have a tough time guessing the player’s exact height. And it’s probably even harder to guess how high a 135-foot tower would be sticking into the sky. But the folks in Indian River Shores, FL will get a better idea around midday today. Town officials say a crane will be extended 135-feet into the air from 12:30-to-2 pm at the electric substation at the west end of Fred Tuerk Drive. The crane then moves to the north side of the Town Hall complex, 6001 State Road A1A, from 2 to 3:30 pm.

“We encourage all interested residents to be sure to view the crane at these locations,” Town Manager Rob Stabe told tcpalm.com. “This will help them gain a reasonably accurate idea of what it would look like if a tower were to be installed.”

As Inside Towers reported last week, the Indian River Shores Town Council recently approved extending maximum height of a tower from 50 feet to 135 feet. A 135-foot tower could accommodate up to four cell companies.

Some residents expressed displeasure at the height of the tower, saying its “looming and colossal presence” would be seen everywhere within the town. But Councilman Tom Slater, according to tcpalm.com, said the tower is necessary to insure that cell users have service, particularly in emergencies. “We don’t want to compromise aesthetics and we don’t want to compromise performance. I think we should stop playing ping-pong, get together with our residents, and figure this whole thing out.”

February 9, 2016 |
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