|Published:||Oct 15, 2013 11:59 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 16, 2013 12:01 AM EDT|
NAPLES, Fla -- A big push to tear down a potentially dangerous cell phone tower in Collier County continues.
Parents were told Tuesday night that they have three weeks to convince Sprint to move this tower somewhere else. Otherwise, it will be turned on in December, just feet from where kids are in class.
A new sign now now sits at the base of the 75 foot tower. It warns children, teachers and neighbors to stay back because radio emissions may exceed exposure limits.
"My sons classroom is directly in front of the cell tower, says Elizabeth Radi. "I feel helpless. I'm forced to take my child to a school that will be unhealthy for him."
Tuesday night School Board members said they can't do anything because Sprint, which operated the tower, doesn't want to move it.
If the district tries to do that, it could face legal ramifications.
Board member Kathleen Curatolo says, "we must follow the guidelines in the contract. I feel compelled ethically to move forward based on what we've received from sprint."
With a December deadline looming, the board is now putting a ball in the communities court.
Board member Roy Terry says, "I don't feel comfortable not giving parents a chance to work with us to get this worked out."
Parents now have three weeks to contact sprint and change the company's mind about moving the tower.
"We'll take anything we can get. It's just were fighting the telecommunications industry. That's no easy battle," says Sam Savage who lives 150 feet from the tower.
If Sprint does agree to relocate the tower, there is an issue of price and who pays for it. It's estimated to cost at least $200,000 to move the tower.
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