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BOCA RATON TOWERS UNDER CITY SCRUTINY

BOCA RATON, Fla.-Cellular towers constructed on the property of schools in Boca Raton, Fla. are receiving increased scrutiny by city officials.

The Palm Beach County School district apparently thought it could bypass county and municipal zoning regulations when it leased land for the 150-foot cellular towers at Boca Raton and Spanish River high schools and Galusa Elementary School last year. The district said the towers would also be used for educational purposes.

But Florida ordinances state that any antenna tower, mast or satellite dish may not exceed 50 feet unless approved by the city council after a public hearing, and City Attorney Frank Bartelone now is saying that public schools are required to comply with local zoning ordinances of the community where they are located.

A six-month moratorium on new construction has been implemented by the Board of County Commissioners while the council reviews the siting policy.

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