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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Local company eyes Anna Maria cell tower

A cell tower similar to the one in Holmes Beach could be in Anna Maria's future - at least the plans for such a facility.

The ink was barely dry on Anna Maria's new personal wireless services facilities ordinance - don't call them cell towers - before the first company showed up for an application package.

The city's ordinance took effect at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, and bright and early Monday morning, Dan Sack of MarSac Development Inc. in Bradenton had a representative pick up the newly created application forms for a permit.

Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said it was her "understanding" that Sack wants to build a cell tower similar to the one in Holmes Beach at the Galati Marine on South Bay Drive.

She said she thought Sack wants to build a tower, then market locations on the tower to wireless communications companies such as Verizon and Nextel.

While marinas are a preferred location for a "personal wireless services facility" according to the city's new ordinance, cell towers higher than 37-feet are "discouraged."

However, added the mayor, what the actual proposal will be won't be known until the application is submitted.

"So, I think we should really wait and see the proposal before making any comment," she concluded.

Sack will also be the builder of the model home for the Villa Rosa subdivision project on South Bay Boulevard, according to the permit application at the Anna Maria Building Department.

Efforts to reach Sack for comment on his application were unsuccessful.

The Florida Division of Corporations lists the address for MarSac at 416 81st St. W. in Bradenton.