Balloon test planned for AM cell tower height

Florida Tower Partners plans to conduct a balloon test for the planned height of its cell tower 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at Anna Maria City Hall.

If weather prohibits the June 21 test date, another attempt will be made 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, June 24.

FTP and Anna Maria have signed an agreement for the company to build a cell tower at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.

The city is to receive a fee of $350,000 from the company when construction of the tower is finished, and a percentage of the monthly revenue FTP receives from the tower’s cell carrier leases.

The tower could be ready for use by late 2014, company spokesperson Ken Burile told commissioners in April, when the agreement to construct the tower was signed.

Carriers such as Verizon and AT&T will be FTP clients on the tower, Burile has said.

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