FCC Fines Florida Tower Owner $3K; Suspends $231K Fine

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Johnson Tower Corporation of Seminole, FL, has been charged $3,000 in civil penalties after admitting it violated antenna structure rules. The commission, working with the Federal Aviation Administration, reached a Consent Decree with sole operator, Dan L. Johnson, who demonstrated it would be a financial hardship to pay a larger $231,000 fine. The FCC originally assessed the higher amount on November 1, 2013 when it first charged Johnson.

Johnson admitted it failed to install lights on two antenna structures in Pinellas Park, FL, and update registration information with the FCC to reflect the dismantlement of a third antenna structure. After being charged originally, Johnson installed proper lighting on one of the towers, reduced the height on a second tower so that it was not tall enough to require lighting, and produced proper documentation for dismantling the third tower. It also produced evidence of its financial struggle. Johnson will have to pay the larger amount if it fails to make three, $1,000 installment payments to the FCC by January 15, 2016 and if it again violates FCC/FAA rules in the next three years.

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