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AT&T Cell Tower Against Sussex County Code

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BETHANY BEACH, Del. - A temporary 60-foot AT&T cell tower is in violation of Sussex County code after a special use exception for a 100-foot tower was denied.

The tower was approved by the Sussex County Board of Adjustments in 2009, but residents of the Sea Pines Village where it would be located appealed the decision. After a rehearing the tower was denied, but the temporary tower was already built.

Now, after three rehearings and denials, residents are frustrated that the temporary tower is still there. Sussex County officials cited AT&T, requesting the removal of the tower.

Barbara Gerk is the president of the Sea Pines Village Homeowner's Association and has been working for five years to remove the tower.

"It's dangerous, it's affecting property value, it's affecting rentals," she explained. "It's frustrating, our homeowners association has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on this, we have the law on our side but we're paying."

AT&T is contesting the decisions still and said the current location of the tower is the most viable in the area.

Some people who do not live in sight of the tower agree and think it is necessary.

"I think it's definitely important especially as the summer months are coming and more people are going be renting and more people are going to be living here," Brynn Doherty said. "Definitely an important thing for cell phone users."

Gerk's husband Ron Gerk however said it is not fair.

"We didn't buy this home here with this cell tower and they can fix it," he said. "They can do what's right for the community but them and the landowner decided not to do that and that's what we're really really upset about."

AT&T's next appeal will be filed within the next few weeks and the company expects a decision from the court sometime after July.

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