Ponte Vedra Hits One Into the Rough

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A new cell tower occupying an outlying area of a PGA Tour property has attracted unwelcome attention, reports WJXT-TV. The golf property in Florida abuts the Bolles Lower School Ponte Vedra Beach Campus and parents say they are concerned about health risks.

No bogeyman, School President Tyler Hodges responded, “Any concerns or questions regarding the construction of this tower or the merits of its location should be directed to officials with the PGA TOUR and St. Johns County. 

This is a concern for the Bolles Ponte Vedra Beach community. We will continue to work through this issue with our neighboring partners the PGA TOUR. The health and safety of all Bolles students, faculty and staff are our number one priority.”

The new tower was constructed to replace an obsolete one approximately 600 feet away from the current site. PGA officials noted that the outdated tower was occupied the course for over 20 years. Plans to replace it have been in the works since 2017 and unanimous approval has been granted by the Palm Valley Architectural Review Committee, the Planning and Zoning Board, and the Board of County Commissioners.  

While some residents were surprised to spot the replacement tower in their skyline, county representatives confirmed that notices were mailed to citizens and posted in public locations and local newspapers. Although 5G services are not yet available, the tower does host the county’s emergency communications system.

May 23, 2019

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