A 'Win-Win' Plan - 27 East


Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 1710617

A ‘Win-Win’ Plan

On June 26, there was a representative of Homeland Towers present at a Zoom meeting with the Planning Board of Southampton Town, for a “pre-submission conference.” I wasn’t aware and thereby was unable to attend, although I have lived on North Magee Street for 31 years.

This is a terrible location for a 125-foot cell tower. The street is densely populated, even compared to other nearby roads.

Here’s the “win-win” plan I have submitted to both the Planning Board and Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman for further discussion:

There are four seasonal golf courses located in this immediate area, and all four enjoy “special dispensation” in the form of a lower tax rate assessed upon golf courses, as compared with other land in the town: Southampton Golf Course, Sebonac Golf Course, Shinnecock Hills Golf Course and National Golf Links.

I understand that the cellphone companies or their licensing companies pay a high premium to the owners of such rented property. This, in turn, would allow the golf courses to lower membership rates to golfers! Win-win!

This type of arrangement has worked very well in other progressive communities around the country. Golf courses are already zoned commercial.

We must also take into account that there are no small children or pregnant women sleeping on golf courses, as there are in residential areas where the EMF (electromagnetic frequency) radiation is a real health concern, especially for the most vulnerable in our community.

It’s time for golf courses to “give back” to the community as they share our beautiful local amenities, neighboring roads — and also cellphone coverage. This is a reasonable expectation, for sure!

Mary Nanos



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