Published: Nov 07, 2013 3:59 PM EST
Updated: Nov 07, 2013 4:55 PM EST

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - "My heart sinks every time I see it, every single time," said Catherine McGovern.

After months of fighting to tear the tower down, it's owner, Sprint, said it's not going anywhere.

"But it really kind of showed me, big business will run over families, over residences over children and it was really disheartening," said McGovern.

Parents and residents said the tower went up on Poinciana Elementary school without any notice. In October, the Collier County School Board gave them three weeks to convince the cell phone company to move the 75 foot tower.

"We had been hoping that we could work with Sprint to have the tower moved to a more appropriate location," said Ellen Goldman.

One that would be father away from the school and homes. Ellen Goldman lives less than 200 feet from the tower, she said residents were even willing to consider paying their own money to move the tower.

"Will you at least work with us towards that goal?" said Goldman.

But finally this week, they got their response - Sprint respectfully declined. One reason, the immediate need for wireless coverage in the area. The tower will become operational on December 15th, while students are gone for Winter Break.

"Very discouraging, very disappointing," said Goldman.

Neighbors are hopeful the school district will work to disguise the large tower but they will continue to fight it being so close. The issue will be discusse at the next school board meeting on November 12.