In the last paragraph of the December 16 article “Tower Plan Draws Fire,” regarding a proposed cell tower on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Planning Board Vice Chairman Dennis Finnerty refers to a similar cell tower erected in Bridgehampton several years ago, describing it as “a monopole that was erected on Foster Avenue behind the Bridgehampton train station.” He goes on to state, “We have found these poles to be more visually benign.”
As a resident of Bridgehampton, I can unequivocally state that there is nothing benign, visually or otherwise, about that ugly, intrusive and potentially harmful pole. It appeared out of nowhere without one notice to the neighboring community. The lack of transparency around that particular “monopole” feels shady in a very different way than what might be provided by the ridiculous fake branches that are often used to disguise these towering transmitters.
To now propose another cell tower so close to our hamlet, and in the environmentally sensitive area of the Long Pond Greenbelt, where real trees grow and where wildlife thrives, shows a tremendous lack of vision, concern and respect for those who live nearby.
The last thing this area needs is another ugly monopole.
One fine body…