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Date of Issue: July 29, 2009

Perico cell tower before county board

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Manatee County Commissioners were scheduled July 28 to consider a request from staff authorizing negotiations on a cell tower on Perico Island.

The meeting at the county administrative building in Bradenton was to take place after The Islander’s press deadline this week.

 Bradenton Beach officials also have fielded proposals from companies interested in constructing a cell tower on city property near the police station.

Bradenton Beach commissioners have taken no formal action on a proposal, but have asked city attorney Ricinda Perry to review existing codes and ordinances pertaining to telecommunications, specifically the construction and operation of cell towers.

Meanwhile, on the county consent agenda is an item identified as “Perico cell tower,” which is a request from the commission to enter negotiations with Vertex Development LLC for construction services.

A memo to the county board from the county property management department states that the county is interested in leasing county-owned property off Manatee Avenue to a wireless carrier for a cell tower.

The tower, according to the memo, would be a monopole at least 199 feet in height.

County officials explored a cell tower option on Perico with 11 companies and then narrowed the field to two before recommending Vertex, which is based in Tampa.

The memo further indicated that the county is not pursuing a proposal to lease property for a tower at Coquina Bayside, where it plans to build a marine rescue headquarters.

Other items of interest on the agenda include a proposal to accept $8,000 contributions from Holmes Beach, Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach for trolley services and a proposed extension of the license agreement with P.S. Beach and Associates for the concessions at Coquina and Manatee Public beaches.