Letters to the Board

October 24, 2019

Dear Fellow Member of Harbour Ridge,

We are writing to update you on the status of the litigation involving the Board’s plan to build a cell tower adjacent to the clubhouse, and to clear up some misunderstandings about that litigation.  We recognize that some of you feel that it is wrong for members to involve the Club in a lawsuit.  Please understand that this was not our intent; we too are saddened that it has come to this.  At the same time, we strongly believe that construction of a twelve-story tall tower next to our clubhouse and waterfront would be detrimental to the entire community, and we firmly believe that the litigation could be greatly beneficial to all of us.

The proposal to build a 124-foot tall cell tower adjacent to the clubhouse required two variances from St. Lucie County, because the County’s zoning regulations prohibit the construction of cell towers within 750’ of any residence.  Last spring the St. Lucie Planning and Zoning Commission held a hearing on the proposal, and voted 8-0 to DENY the requested variances, citing concerns that the proposed tower would be less than 300 feet from some residences.

Thereafter, Vertex (the cell tower development company) and the Harbour Ridge Board of Directors lobbied the St. Lucie Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to overrule the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve the variances, which the BOCC did after the HRYCC Board President claimed that the proposal had the “full support” of the Harbour Ridge community.

Soon after the BOCC ruling, an electronic petition asking the Board to hold an official vote on the cell tower proposal was circulated within the community.  Over half of the membership signed the petition, but the Board still refused to hold a vote.  The Board said that it was contractually bound to Vertex, and that Vertex was unwilling to discuss any changes in the construction plan.

After the petition calling for a vote on the cell tower was ignored by the HR Board, a group of Harbour Ridge members sued the BOCC, alleging that it failed to follow its own regulations when it overruled the Zoning Commission and granted the variances.  We understand that many of you are under the impression that these members “sued the Club”.  While the HRYCC is involved because the Club made itself a co-applicant (with Vertex) for the variances involved, the litigation is NOT against the Club, it is against the St. Lucie Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).  The plaintiffs are NOT seeking any action from the Club and are NOT seeking any money from any party.  They simply want the BOCC to apply the same standards of review to the clubhouse site proposal as they did to the Gilson Road site proposal, as is required by law.

As previously stated, we understand the concerns about the litigation, but we truly believe that it is in the Club’s best interest.  If the court rules that the BOCC granted the variances improperly, the Club will be able to end its contractual relationship with Vertex without penalty, and it will then be free to implement other technologies or negotiate relocation of the proposed tower to a more suitable location. 

There has been little activity in the litigation thus far.  An amended complaint has been filed, but there are no motions pending and no hearings are scheduled at this time.  No trial date has been set, and there has been no construction activity on the site.

We appreciate the support that many of you have expressed, and we encourage all of you to carefully consider the negative impact that the proposed tower would have on aesthetics, property values, and healthful living in our community.

Respectfully,

People Against the Cell Tower (PACT)

If you have questions call Bill Austin

June 14, 2019

I have been maintaining a low profile during the fray but am hopeful that there is a solution lurking beneath the surface somewhere.  We appear to have dug in on positions as far apart as Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren with no apparent attempt to reach a compromise.

If we continue down either of the two roads outlined in recent emails, it will, no doubt, be costly and serve to only fuel the fires of tearing the community apart.  Neither make sense.  Is there no middle ground?  Is it possible to have the cell tower erected somewhere in the Eagle Preserve where it will not be as conspicuous as the clubhouse?

 Yes, that suggestion comes very late in the process. But is it POSSIBLE? Not necessarily the preferred solution from the Board’s point of view but possible?  If it is, yes it will cost us something, penalties, etc., as a community to reconstruct a deal with Vertek but I have confidence that the current Board (and maybe with some help from the other side of the issue) can effectively negotiate a reasonable compromise with them and, yes, it will take more time than proceeding on the current plan but it will cost a lot less than the extreme factions are going to spend on injunctions, lawsuits, etc. and it would bring the community back together.  The division in the community now is the worst it has ever been and that should be paramount in driving toward a solution.

The Board and many of the members have very different perspectives of how we got to where we are today, the history, all the work done by multiple Boards, the authenticity of the pulse survey, and so on and so on but none of that matters right now.  Many of us, myself included, signed the petition because we believed that the program had gained too much momentum on its own without truly getting a sense of the community on whether or where we should have a tower.  Most of us would not, however, support what appears to be the extreme measures recommended by the opposing faction.  However we got here, we need to fix it.  IT is the division this whole situation has created in Harbour Ridge that must be the number one priority or problem to be solved, no matter the cost, because no other conclusion is acceptable.

I beg you to consider having representatives of both sides of the cell tower issue meet to discuss what might be possible, however distasteful those alternatives might be, to try to bring us back together again as a harmonious, mutually respectful community.

Best Regards

Tom DeFazio

June 13, 2019

Good morning Members of the HR Board,

We were heartbroken to receive your email of June 13, 2019 stating that you have decided to push forward with the Vertex contract to allow a tower at our clubhouse.

Your membership, the people you represent, doesn’t support it.

Some of us didn’t realize until the situation was presented more clearly by Bill Austin/Dave Hill.  But we do now, and we can’t believe that if we had been properly informed we would have gone along with a location that required VARIANCES from the County commissioners- Variances because people are not supposed to be living within 750 feet of a tower.  Where was that mentioned in the communications you sent to members?  A location that affects 17 homes!

And, what is going to happen to property values?  Will the Board continue to support money being spent on programs to increase real estate traffic?  Why?  We know that the value  of the 17 homes are going to plummet.  All the work that has been done, and the time that has been spent to try to “fix” our real estate situation, might as well be tossed out the window once we have a huge cell tower in the most visible part of our community.  Would you buy one of the 17 homes within the 750 feel of the tower?

We are truly disappointed that you are refusing to listen to those you represent. 

Vertex seems to be running the show and their refusal to look at other locations certainly makes one wonder about what kind of “neighbor” they will be in the future. 

Please, we beg the Board to reconsider the decision to press on. Let’s take a step back and work together to ask Vertex to please consider another location.  There are so many who are so upset.  We need to put the brakes on this so that all of HR can work together to do what we can to restore our friendly, caring, cohesive community.

Respectfully,

Judy and Gil Zanchi

June 11, 2019

Taxation without representation must stop – time to have an elected board represent Harbour Ridge.

Otto Vitale

A Message to all Members of The Harbour Ridge Community:

Dear fellow members of Harbour Ridge,

Our Board needs to hear from you about the Vertex plan to build a 12-story cell tower at the clubhouse.  In its May 31 letter about the project, the Board accuses those opposed to the clubhouse site of being too slow to voice their opinions, and implies that it is now too late to halt the project.  I have been trying to understand the Board’s actions, and its refusal to hold a true vote on the matter.  The following is my perspective.

When we bought our home in May 2018, no one mentioned that a cell tower was under consideration.  When informed about the project in November, we did attend the tours, which were clearly orchestrated to promote the Board’s preferred site at the clubhouse.  I requested that balloons be flown at both proposed sites.  Peggy Epperson told me flatly that the contractor was unwilling to do that. Others questioned the need for a tower, and expressed concerns about its visual impact and effect on property values. Those concerns were dismissed; Michael Salerno said that once the tower was built, nobody would notice it.  There were no photo simulations available, and there was no mention that the tower would be 6 feet in diameter at the base.

Yes, the members were slow to oppose the clubhouse site, but that is because information was withheld and because Vertex was driving the process.

Prior to the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, over 100 members wrote emails expressing their opposition to the clubhouse site.  All of those emails are part of the public record, and the Board was copied on many of them.  Board members attended the P&Z meeting, heard us express our concerns, and heard the P&Z commissioners vote 8-0 to recommend denial of the variances. 

Still, our Board did nothing to halt the process.  On the contrary, they lobbied the County Commissioners for passage, and used club employees to solicit support for their position.  Why?

I believe that our Board members are good people who want what is best for the club.  Therefore, I presume that our Board thought that it was acting on behalf of a “silent majority” of members at that time.  I don’t believe they were acting in bad faith, but I do believe they were misled by Vertex, and felt that because a great deal of time and money had already been invested in the project, it should continue.  The Board must have thought the opposition was vocal, but small.  (I can only guess, because they are not communicating.)

The County Commissioners then approved the variances requested by Vertex.  Why?  Based on my meetings with the Commissioners, I believe part of the reason is that they were afraid of being sued by Vertex, which has sued other counties in the past under a federal statute that prohibits local governments from “prohibiting the provision of cell service.”

Now our Board is citing legal threats from Vertex as a compelling reason to continue the project.  This is sad. We need to tell our Board that we understand they meant well, but that it is time for them to stand up to Vertex and halt the project, at least until such time as a true, fully-informed vote of the membership can be taken.

As of June 9, over FIVE HUNDRED people have signed the petition calling for a vote.  This is compared to 286 people who the Board says chose the clubhouse site over the Golden Marsh site last November.  It should now be clear to the Board that the opposition to this runaway project is community-wide.

Please click here to sign the petition calling for a vote.

For more information and letters to the Board, click here:  www.harbourridgecelltower.com

Our community has the resources to deal with Vertex, whatever the legal difficulties may be.  In view of the degradation of our property values and potential adverse health effects on residents, employees and guests, it would be irresponsible to allow this project to continue.

Respectfully,

David Hill

Letters To The Board

June 10, 2019

Visually it will not be in sync with the rest of beautiful Harbour Ridge.

Linda L Miller

June 10, 2019

This entire episode gives me great pause. This is my fourth controversy in living here two years. Both sides have now fractured the most valued part of Harbour Ridge…..our friendship towards one another . Now that we have drawn sides I can’t say I want to be part of either contingent. There is so much misinformation on all sides as it relates to real estate values, emissions and the true height of this tower I find myself really at odds with both sides but willing to sign if for only having some definitive measurement of sentiment If anyone feels smug and relishing victory they are sadly mistaken. We have all lost something here and it will be tough to get it back Put up the damn balloon for more than an hour. Mark out the footprint Then have a vote and let the chips fall. I am beyond saddened by all of this.

Ted Kenny

June 10, 2019

As a 6 month resident I have been impressed with the family and friendly environment at Harbour Ridge. Not knowing the history of the cell tower issue I was surprised how divided the owner/residents are on how the process has gone. I believe the best thing to do is stop and reevaluate the process and come up with an informed and intelligent decision. I would like better cell coverage but it is an inconvenience I would not want to see the community so clearly split over.

Dennis Wallrath

June 10, 2019

I believe that it is inherently wrong for any members to suffer significant loss in property value for the benefit of the rest of the community. There is no question that the cell tower at the clubhouse location would have a significant adverse affect on the property values of a number of members properties in the immediate area. If the decision is to move ahead regardless, the rest of the community should provide fair and just financial compensation to those members affected. I dare say that the fair compensation to those affected members would be considerably more than any settlement with the cell tower company, Vertex.

Bill Marshall

June 9, 2019

I understand the need for quick communication for health and security reasons and therefore have been in favor of the cell tower, but I have never liked the location near the clubhouse. Given the recent, loud outcry from numerous members and the possibility of alternative solutions with improved technology, I believe we need to halt our installation of the cell tower near the clubhouse, at least temporarily, while we look for alternative means to provide safe communication for our members and seek more information regarding what advancing technology may offer.

Patsy Bussard

June 9, 2019

I have virtually no cell reception in my house despite having a booster in the attic. I really want and need better cell coverage to make both my US and foreign cellphones work. However, I would rather forego better coverage than see a 120 foot monster tower destroy the visual aspects of the Clubhouse. A tower this huge is to mainly serve the the interests of the cell companies in gaining wider coverage from a single site. I believe it is quite unnecessary for a tower of this scale in order to serve the Harbour Ridge community.

Sincerely,

Roger Harding

June 9, 2019

I had previously asked the board to have a vote to insure the members supported a cell tower at the clubhouse. Since then we have learned that there would be monetary consequences to cancelling the tower. I believe the members should be advised of the nature and amount of those consequences and a vote scheduled to see how many informed voters would vote yea or nay on the cell tower. I hope the board does not feel it is being treated unfairly. Many opposed to the cell tower have expressed the view that the board believes it is acting in the best interests of HR. I agree and personally feel that the members bear some responsibility for the current controversy by not acting sooner. However, none of that should excuse the board from finding out what the members, fully informed, want.

Larry Senn

June 9, 2019

I am in favor of the cell tower, but I think there should be a Member vote.

Bill Lichtenberger

June 9, 2019

Rethink your position Should be a membership vote.

Lawrence LaMaina

June 9, 2019

An unimaginable choice for a cell tower site. Are we going to mar the area of our lovely clubhouse? Unbelievable the board would even consider it.

Andrea Lutz

June 9, 2019

I can’t imagine the beautiful Harbour Ridge Golf Channel commercial being viewed positively with a cell tower structure such as this proposal.

Tim Dagg

June 9, 2019

While the data that I have read about potential health hazards is suspect, I believe that the aesthetics and the potential for 5G to make cell towers obsolete suggests that a cell tower in the proposed location is a bad idea.

Mike Henderson

June 9, 2019

This issue has proved much too divisive to move ahead. It is clear that a majority of residents are against the project for a variety of valid reasons. It is time for the Board to investigate alternatives for those who lack sufficient cell coverage.

Anne Zehner

June 9, 2019

To the Harbour Ridge Board Members and Management,

I have read with great interest the many comments regarding the cell tower installation near the Clubhouse. The passion and caring that our members have for making Harbour Ridge a better place to live is so evident and a strength that we should continue to build upon.

Before commenting on the specifics of this particular proposed solution, I chose to take a step back and think about the real outcomes I wanted at the end of the day. It goes beyond the size and location of a steel structure located somewhere on our property. The 4 outcomes below are prioritized in personal importance and used for my evaluation. I would encourage you to think about what matters most to each of you going forward and not just settle on a solution to put it in the rear view mirror.

1. A strong Sense of Community: In the 3 years that Bev and I have been at Harbour Ridge, the quality and quantity of wonderful relationships, along with the strong sense of community, were fundamental in us choosing this place as our full time and permanent home. Having 4 bars instead of 2 bars on my cell phone means little if we fracture the foundation of what Harbour Ridge is all about. I want to be part of a network of many wonderful friendships in an aligned, supportive, vibrant and well-functioning community.

2. A Member-Centric approach by the BOD and Management: I do appreciate the time, effort and sacrifice of each of our board members and the leadership of HR management. I know it is a difficult and sometimes thankless job, so thank you very much. I continue to trust and support that you are the leadership we need in place. With that said, I want a board and management that always operates in a highly transparent manner and truly listens to the collective input of all the individual equity members in an open and public forum where we are all together in one group. The decision making power must be seen as collaborative with the membership. This is extremely important not only with this cell tower issue, but as we tackle other hot button challenges going forward like membership structure.

3. Aesthetic natural beauty of Harbour Ridge: We live in a very special, one-of-a-kind place. Sometimes you don’t realize what you have until it is gone. I want us to do everything possible to maintain and showcase the incredible natural beauty of our community. This should be used as a litmus test for all proposed actions.

4. Improved Cell Service: I want a solution that improves the long term quality of our cell service using the best available technologies. As I reflect and evaluate the process of placing a cell tower at the clubhouse location with my desired outcomes above, there is much room for improvement. I believe we should expect great outcomes in the end and if we don’t have a great outcome, we’re simply not done with the work. Thanks for listening, and I’m still hopeful for an ultimate solution that pulls the community together in a transparent leadership process, while maintaining the incredible natural beauty of Harbour Ridge and providing improved cell service for many years.

Sincerely,

John Martin

June 9, 2019

Surely the board is aware that the majority of HRYCC residents oppose the clubhouse location for a cell tower and for many good reasons. To continue this process is very divisive and is not worth any of the questionable benefits that a cell tower next to our clubhouse would bring.

Carl Davis

June 9, 2019

If the issue is coverage in Harbour Ridge, in-home boosters tied to the WiFi work. 5G is almost here and its beam forming will improve reception. Riviera and Tesoro have plenty of open land. Plenty of options need to be discussed.

Desmond Sean ONeill

June 9, 2019

Cell tower would be an eyesore that the membership will regret if it occurs.

Martin McLaughlin

June 9, 2019

I chose not to vote for either of the two locations that the board had put forward; this to me was a NO vote for either location. I hope that we as a community can have further analysis of need, location and discussion with our abutting Veranda developers.

Mary Hutchinson

June 9, 2019

12 Stories? At the Clubhouse? Who needs it!

Paul Cotugno

June 9, 2019

I believe a vote should be held on whether a cell tower is requisite and, if so, where should it be located other than near the clubhouse. Even if a majority approve the need and location, if the opposing minority is substantial, e.g. 25-49%, such preferences should be considered as this is a community as opposed to a winner take all complex.

Robert Ried

June 9, 2019

Roger and I have been members of Harbour Ridge since February 1985. The wonderful developer of our community, the late John Dodge, must be turning over in his grave at this horrific decision by the board without a vote from our membership to construct an unnecessary cell tower adjacent to our beautiful clubhouse. I refuse to sugarcoat my opposition with insincerely nice words. This is an insanely tyrannical decision by a few demagogues.

Ann Peoples

June 9, 2019

Please do not destroy the beautiful view of our clubhouse with a massive cell tower looming over it!

Linda Bertrand

June 9, 2019

I urge the board to put the tower to a full membership vote, which will prove that they have always had the good of our community at heart.

Gordon Lamb

June 9, 2019

I understand the Board’s and management’s position on the cell tower and its benefits for our community but believe we should continue to seek another more suitable location for the tower. The many reasons for opposing it as voiced by the membership should not be overlooked or disrespected.

Emily Adkins

June 9, 2019

Have always supported a cell tower at other locations, especially near the 15th tee on Golden Marsh.

Eleanor Hydok

June 9, 2019

The cell tower is pitting friend against friend and neighbor against neighbor. it is time to stop the erection of the cell tower.

Susan Russell

June 9, 2019

The proposed location of the cell tower will be viewed as an eyesore from our beautiful Clubhouse.

Josephine Palmer

June 9, 2019

This may be the location of least resistance, but it is not the best location as far as its appearance at the new clubhouse. There has to be somewhere in all the acreage we have in Harbour Ridge to put it where it affects the least number of people instead of all of them.

George Porter

June 9, 2019

When we voted on the cell tower location I did vote for the clubhouse location rather than the 15 th hole. And of the people who bother to respond it was 63%. The cell reception problem has been an issue as long as we have been Members (7 years). I had major problems trying to run a global business when I was here for the season. So I assumed during this whole frustrating process that the membership was totally behind this effort and it was only a matter trying to get approval from the county so we could finally get this project done. I only learned of any serious objections from members as we were leaving for the season May 1, right after the Planning and Zoning Committee voted against it. I realize the BOCC did subsequently vote unanimously for it. So I believe we do need a full vote of the membership to avoid causing a major division in our outstanding community. I still believe we need better cell reception. We need to honestly discuss what are any other serious technical alternatives now or shortly in the future to th proposed cell tower and have that as part of the education process before we vote. The last few days I was in residence this season I did enable my I phone to use WiFI calling and it did seem to help when I was in my house. But that was only a sample of a few days and of course it didn’t help when I was out and about in the community.

Greg Warner

June 9, 2019

On the original survey, which was only a choice between 2 locations, I chose the clubhouse parking area over the 15th hole. I was not aware so many residents did not want a tower at all. The issue of having better cell phone coverage has been in discussion longer than we have been members. I thought it was only a matter of choosing where it would be and getting it approved by the county. I was shocked to learn how many residents were opposed to the idea after it was finally approved. I feel it is unfair to force the construction on people who do not want it. Also with the way technology is advancing, I believe the tower will soon be obsolete. At this point I would not support the construction of the tower.

Beth Warner

June 9, 2019

Do not ruin the peaceful vistas at Harbour Ridge PLEASE!! We love the fact that nothing at HR is more than 2 stories high. In another year the technology will not warrant the need for this cell tower/eyesore!

Kate Morris

June 9, 2019

I did not know until very recently that the cell tower was a self-inflicted wound. It was beyond my scope of comprehension to think that a club which views itself as being first class in all respects would seek to have a cell tower on campus. Rather I assumed the club was exerting it’s efforts to get Verizon and AT&T to expand their capacity in our favor.

Art Williams

June 8, 2019

We probably could use a cell phone tower that would be a benefit to us and our neighbors. But not near the clubhouse. It would diminish the value of the Club and the surrounding houses. I can’t think of a worse placement in the whole community!!

Pam Burke

June 8, 2019

As I have been saying for 8 months, the Board needs to use “common sense” which hasn’t been used concerning the tower, forcing the 70,80,and 90 year old members to read the beautifully printed HR News online when not in residence. The problem with “common sense “ is that it is not common!

Harry Rohrer

June 8, 2019

I originally thought a cell tower was a good idea, however one that is so high and so distressing to so many in our community is a bad idea. There must be another way to get reception to those who don’t have it at Harbour Ridge. One of our members, at the zoning board hearing offered to help with this. Since alternative technologies will be available we should not ruin our community with this unsightly and potentially dangerous tower. Please put this to full vote of the whole community.

Laura Vennard

June 8, 2019

As much as my wife Eleanor and I believe we need a tower, we are strongly opposed to building the tower next to the clubhouse. We have always been in support of the tower near the 15th Tee on Golden Marsh, the maintanance area or the eagle preserve.

Joseph Hydok

June 8, 2019

My reason for signing is not so much to oppose the cell tower, but to urge the Board to reopen this discussion, and to put a temporary halt to further action. There is too much internal strife and division as it stands, so more time has to be given for open discussion of views. I had thought that members had had ample time to consider, but since hundreds of my neighbors feel differently, it is clear that another consideration of the board’s decision is needed.

Darcy Weir

June 8, 2019

This whole process has completely come apart. There are so many questions I wouldn’t know where to start. I agree 100% with the comments made about the unanswered questions and the lack of transparency. Hooray for those who e-mailed these comments.

George and Lori Meaney

June 8, 2019

To put it near the clubhouse would devalue the club and all the houses that would be looking at it!! There couldn’t be a worse choice!!

Richard Burke

June 8, 2019

Please put this issue up to a vote by the Membership!

George Prince

June 8, 2019

Please submit a proposal to members and advise them of the potential liability of not proceeding.

James Mondello

June 8, 2019

You’re not acting in the best interest of our Community and the residents you were elected to represent.

Gail Garda

June 8, 2019

I oppose the cell tower sight and feel the membership should have a vote.

Albert Brockob

June 8, 2019

I have Sprint service and always have service on both golf courses. I find cell towers extremely unsightly. Veranda Gardens, as a new community, should be doing this. Not our built out and established community.

Lynn Graff

June 7, 2019

I am sad for this entire community.

Linda Loewenberg

June 7, 2019

Who benefits the most from the cell tower? I admit that some people will get reception or better reception but no one in Harbour Ridge needs a 130 foot tower to accomplish that. Now consider who benefits the most from the cell tower. Our neighboring communities do . They ALL fought putting the cell tower in their back yard including the 3, 500 families soon to reside in Veranda Falls. How about the cell tower owners. They fill in their coverage where they will need it most as Palm City continues to grow. Our board can spend $75,000 in a minute so I don’t consider this a benefit. Lets talk about the “yes vote”. This vote was taken when the cell tower was to be located at the maintenance compound. Since then, a long time ago , there has not been another yes/no vote taken. I think it would fail if voted at this proposed location. The silent majority has been silent too long. Let’s have a vote.

Donald Laffert

June 7, 2019

There are too many unanswered questions and unaddressed concerns. I believe significant additional evaluation and discussion is essential before the project proceeds.

James Hilboldt, Jr.

June 7, 2019

I do not feel that the entire membership has been properly briefed on all of the issues related to the cell tower. Based on what I have heard, many members have numerous concerns that have not been addressed.

Wendy Hilboldt

June 7, 2019

This has become so divisive to our wonderful community. There needs to be a fair vote of the entire membership.

Graham Spencer

June 7, 2019

This proposition is preposterous. Why would this even be considered? Technology is moving so rapidly, towers are probably going to antiquated in the near future. Besides that, the rents received are a drop in the bucket compared to the devaluing of the property values. This should be terminated immediately.

Steve Greenman

June 7, 2019

The Board’s decision to move forward with a cell tower is reckless and irresponsible to, not only the residents near the proposed tower, but the community at large. The board should be embarrassed by their reluctance to represent their constituents appropriately.

Michael Buoncore

June 7, 2019

Listen to the overwhelming majority of the members who oppose the construction of the cell tower next to the clubhouse!

Alicia Brophey

June 7, 2019

It is totally not needed.

Gilbert Cool

June 7, 2019

POOR CONTRACT—NO CELL TOWER REQUIRED WITH THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE.

Earl Sherman

June 7, 2019

Bob and I are totally against the cell tower!

Nancy Dunn

June 6, 2019

Believe this issue is important enough to be voted upon by the whole membership. First to decide whether a cell tower is wanted inside HR and if approved, at what location. I am against the clubhouse location. Full disclosure is needed in order to understand whether the drop in property values exceeds the ” very significant financial consequences for the Club and our members,” threatened by a Vertex lawsuit.

Gary C. Burke, D.O.

June 6, 2019

Alternative technology is available to solve any perceived issues with cell phone coverage. We do not need a cell tower anywhere in Harbour Ridge.

Errol Stafford

June 6, 2019

Strongly Oppose to erect a cell tower at the location of the Clubhouse and demand that the board halt construction.

Michelle Myers

June 6, 2019

Please review your decision. The company may be willing to move the tower location, as long as they continue to have the contract. Certainly worth a try.

Edward Saltzman

June 6, 2019

Why on earth would you destroy the aesthetics of this beautiful community with this eyesore?!!

Linda Sinkula

June 6, 2019

I do not believe that a cell tower near the club house is the appropriate place for its location. The BOD has done a wonderful job of helping to increase the value of our homes. I doubt very much if a cell tower in view of Royal Fern will enhance the value of our home.

Marilyn Sages

June 6, 2019

When I first read about the project to build a cell tower in HR, I assumed it was a combined matter of demand for better cell service (not a problem in our family) and revenue generation. I believe the community’s invitation to visit/inspect the clubhouse site took place in early November–outside the months considered “high season” in Florida. If it had happened in January or February, I believe more members would have understood the enormity of the situation. Reading from home in Massachusetts, I thought “the Clubhouse parking lot???!!! Surely that will be rejected as a favorable site immediately.” I wonder what the comments of the attendees were. Having survey results that indicate the membership is “in favor of a cell tower” is hardly a go-ahead to build a 13-story tall, 6-ft wide (excuse me if these are not exact) tower in the Clubhouse parking lot. I appreciate that all involved (Board and committees) volunteer their time and have the best interests of Harbour Ridge in mind at all times, but I think the wrong decision was reached in this case.

Kathleen Alperin

June 6, 2019

Harbour Ridge is an unusually beautiful community. The Board and the residents have worked to keep it as such. The cell tower would have a devastating effect on the entire community. Please reconsider.

Josephine Royle

June 6, 2019

Cell tower decisions are too important to be made by a few members of the Board. The Board is not infallible, think Eagle Preserve! The entire membership should be allowed to vote on this matter.

Austin Royle

June 6, 2019

This should be voted on by the Harbour Ridge membership.

Sherry Pierson

June 6, 2019

Good morning Board and Michael:

One more observation that you should be aware of.  Lest you think this cell tower will not impact real estate values and sales: 1) two of my friends from New Jersey who came for Be Our Guest weekends this winter (both 54 years old and 2 handicaps who would be incredible additions to HR) and who both planned on buying condos this fall in time to use for the winter BOTH decided to put their plans on hold as neither wants to move to HR if there is going to be a visible cell tower right in the middle of the property.  They both said there are too many other places to choose from down here that do not have a cell tower right in the middle of their clubhouse; and 2) I heard that a long time HR resident of more than 2 decades is putting their home up for sale this morning as a direct result of the decision to build the cell tower.  Now that is really tragic.

Jeffrey Steinberg, CFP®, CLU, ChFC, JD

June 6, 2019

This is an extremely divisive project that is unnecessary. I do not believe that it should be constructed on this site.

Joyce Williams

June 6, 2019

Always in favor of the maintenance area and Gilson Road! But all members and visitors will see this tower and possible buyers may not like that! Results would be that they would not buy! Would not like our guests to see it!

Barbara Dragon

June 5, 2019

When I purchased my house in August 2018 I was not informed of the potential to add a cell tower. If I was informed (which I should have been), I would have waited to see the final decision before I purchased the house.

Donald Weeks

June 5, 2019

Surely this cell tower idea is a joke. There is no need and none has been demonstrated to us. It appears that we are so desperate for revenue that we are trying to become a commercial enterprise rather than a country club community. If we need revenue this badly, raise the dues! I don’t know when we became a dictatorship. Do you?

Peter Maglione

June 5, 2019

The installation of a cell tower will cause a devaluation of all our properties It will be seen from all properties……Please do not contract this tower! It will be a short time before all cell usage will be 5G….no use for a cell tower in the future!!!

Carol Whitelock

June 5, 2019

We do not believe the cell tower belongs near the club house.

Thomas and Mary Green

June 5, 2019

It would lower the value of our home. Would not like to see it in that location!

Ina Lou West

June 5, 2019

We bought our home in May of 2018, at which time, there was never any mention by the Harbour Ridge staff that cell service was either a problem or that the construction of a new cell tower was being planned, let alone 525 feet from our front door. Unbelievable!

Sarah Hill

June 4, 2019

For the Board and Management to make such a poor decision on the location of the cell tower is beyond belief! Your previous attempts were casual in nature and no great emphasis was ever felt by the membership. Then to give the right for the cell tower to intrude on the most active part of the club, both visibly and health wise, is unthinkable. For the Board, Management and hired attorney to negotiate a contract that gives the right to the cell tower company to tell the club where to build it and that they have the right to sue the club if there are changes in the location is totally irresponsible on the part of all who represent HR. Please allow the membership to vote on a new location.

Sandra Ebling

June 4, 2019

This is a no-brainer. We do not need a tower at the Club house. A tower will take away the natural beauty of the Clubhouse facility.

Robert Harrison

June 4, 2019

Why would an elected board hire an attorney and a cell tower contractor before the membership voted on a location. And why does the cell tower company say where the club can and can’t build! And now a lawsuit if we change our location. This is incompetence of the highest degree! Too bad the St Lucie Board couldn’t fire you all instead of giving you a whip lashing!!!!!!!!!!!

Walter Ebling

June 4, 2019

There are answers to this problem other than a cell tower, such as strategically placed boosters in dead zones around the property. And/or solar powered/battery backed-up phones in dead zones on the golf courses. This issue is highly divisive and should be abandoned for the health of the whole community.

Peter Grimm

June 4, 2019

You need to sign the petition that the cell phone tower should go to a
membership vote and the Board needs to disclose what the financial
penalties are to break the contract so we can make an intelligent decision.

Otherwise I feel this is going down a very ugly path of litigation pitting
neighbor vs neighbor to the detriment of the Harbour Ridge community.
The decision needs to be made on facts not on emotion or rumours. Here is
what I believe:

The survey happened too early in the process.

 A survey is not a vote.  A survey is a polling of preferences of various options. A
vote is on a defined site and structure.

 Early on the membership was not really involved in the cell phone process because it wasn’t real enough for them. I was involved early since they wanted to build it in my backyard in the dog park.

I don’t buy the argument Harbour Ridge needs a cell phone tower. I am not a
hypocrite, I believed this when they wanted to build the cell tower in my
backyard and I believe it just the same now at the Clubhouse site. 

We had a work around with a booster installed in the house and I have an iPhone on a Verizon plan and while I admit I am not a heavy cell phone user on the golf course, I have never had a problem.

Would I like better cell phone service, of course, but at what cost?

 Harbour Ridge does not need a 12 story cell tower to service the HR
community. Vertex needs a twelve story tower to service the surrounding
community and accommodate multiple providers, yet the surrounding community
contests every site because of the 750 proximity rule. 

The only group who could contest the clubhouse site would be the membership at Harbour Ridge, but the membership isn’t even given the opportunity to vote on it. Now how crazy is that?  

I am not a lawyer but have dealt with a lot of legal and ethics issues in my
career.  Letter of the law the bylaws read the Board did have the right to
not go to the membership for a vote on the project based on dollar cost.
The bylaws were written before anyone could have conceived of ubiquitous
cell phone usage and 12 story structures. The bylaws are based on cost as
an expenditure to limit the Board’s powers, but cost today should be more
broadly recognized as any damage or forgone opportunity.

There is an argument to be made there could be impacts from the cell tower on residents health, their property values, and their enjoyment of the natural
environment.

Good business judgement would dictate the bylaws were antiquated and not relevant in this case. To use the bylaws as justification to move ahead on the cell phone tower without membership ratification at the very least is bad business judgment.

I want the argument to be fact based. I obviously have not been inside the
tent at the Board level but have tried to follow the issues as a concerned
resident. I will be the first one to correct the record if I have misrepresented or
misspoke or omitted any of the facts.

Regards,

Michael Horrocks

June 4, 2019

We realize and understand that everyone has their own opinion regarding the cell tower being built near the clubhouse (if at all) and we would never tell anyone they were right or wrong about it.  

As much as we are against it and think it is a bad idea for many reasons, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and we do recognize there are reasons in favor of it as well.  

With that said, we have recently consulted with a few real estate agents, and have done some research on our own, which you all can do yourselves by simply typing into Google or any other search engine “home values when a cell tower is built.”  

Doing so will reveal two things:

1) the vast majority of home buyers (79% of them) said they would NOT buy a home within a few blocks of a cell tower; and

2) home prices drop an average of 20% when a cell tower is built within a few blocks of a home. 

We are sure you can and will find other statistics and research indicating lower percentages than this but it is clear that home values will drop AND the potential buyer pool will shrink by some number. The last thing HR needs right now is yet another drop in home prices AND a reduced pool of potential buyers. 

Furthermore, so much information is out there about cell towers possibly being rendered obsolete by the year 2023 with the advent of 5g. 

We urge you to reconsider your decision.  But as we have maintained from the beginning, if the majority of the membership wants a cell tower built by the clubhouse, we will respect that decision.  

Thank you for your time and efforts, we are sure this is a trying time for all of you, we know that you only want what you think is in the best interest of the Club, and we appreciate all you do. 

Jeff & Ruthie Steinberg

June 4, 2019

I wonder if the Board realizes how badly divided our community has become over the plan to put the cell tower adjacent to the club.   It appears (contrary to Vertex’s expert testimony) that the loss in real estate values will far exceed any negotiation with Vertex.

It is illogical to blame the members for this serious fissure.  It is the Board which should take the blame!!

We have spent many millions of dollars building a great infrastructure….how in the name of “common sense” could you not realize that you have put this all in jeopardy.

How in the name of common sense could you not have insisted upon an official vote …that should have been discussed in a town meeting.

After 29 wonderful years in Harbour Ridge, my remaining time here is relatively short and sadly I wonder how it could happen that the members have seen that the by-laws have been compromised to the point that something like this could happen!

It is never too late to put this “project” on hold and this fall have a town meeting to first and foremost bring our club back together and then and only then can and will we solve the cell tower situation.

Bob W

June 4, 2019

With potential medical problems, why take the risk to our members? There are alternative solutions.

Frank and Edwardine Tasco

June 4, 2019

Supported construction of tower when it was supposed to go in the maintenance area and the dog park. Would support construction in the eagle preserve, not next to the clubhouse or in the open on our beautifully renovate Golden Marsh..the only choices we were given.

Robert Dragon

June 4, 2019

I agree HR needs a cell tower or access to a cell tower. The location , and the height are my concerns and I would appreciate more information to make an informed decision on this matter. I also would like more detailed information as to costs/possible revenues and why the contractor is reluctant to make further changes to the current plans if the membership so voted.

Barry Cathcart

June 4, 2019

This will hurt RE values for an important segment of our community.

Pari Foroughi

June 3, 2019

This project is short sighted and the installed equipment (not to mention the tower) and environmental impact of servicing, maintaining and operating that equipment will negatively impact our enjoyment of everything that makes our community exceptional.

Diane Schachter

June 3, 2019

It is a horrible sight to see at the clubhouse and should not be put there. We will be making an eyesore be visible from a beautiful clubhouse. Find another place or do without.

Leslie Karp

June 3, 2019

Harbour Ridge is not the place I thought I moved into. Practice democratic principles and let the members vote!

Cathy Witaczak

June 3, 2019

In the 33 years I have been at Harbour Ridge, this is the worst decision I have seen the board make. What an eyesore this is going to be at the most visited area of the club. Special events, weddings, marine guest, and most importantly, members will all see this real eyesore. They might call it a stealth tower, but it isn’t going to be invisible. I really feel sorry for my friends that have it in their backyard like Lore, Mac and Caryl, Bill and Peggy to name a few. I wish the board would pursue information from the resident that says we don’t need a cell tower to get acceptable reception. If that person is incorrect in his evaluation (appears this is his business specialty) then check with Veranda Gardens owner to see what can be worked out. At the commission meeting, it sounded like this might be acceptable to them. A cell tower closer to their property would benefit more of their future homeowners in that area. To let Vertex control our future is totally unacceptable. Fly a 123 foot red balloon at the clubhouse for a week and see what our members think.

Fred Grimm

June 3, 2019

This issue is tearing apart the fabric of Harbour Ridge. My wife and I moved here 7 months ago and based on my lifetime friends (The Crotty’s who have been Harbour Ridge residents for at least 15 years) description of this community we find it incredible how this cell tower issue is being handled by the board and management. We can not understand how a club which has so many rules concerning appearance( keeping cars out of driveways; keeping garage doors closed; personal apparel rules ( like no blue jeans and requirement for men to wear shirts on the boat docks);paint color of houses ;etc. would EVER consider an ugly cell tower next to the clubhouse. In my mind this cell tower at the clubhouse is akin to putting a junk car on blocks in my driveway. NO OTHER SURROUNDING COMMUNITY WANTS OR WILL CONSIDER THIS EYESORE- WHY SHOULD HARBOUR RIDGE RESIDENTS HAVE THIS RAMMED DOWN THEIR THROAT. THERE NEEDS TO BE A PAUSE AND RESET ON THIS ISSUE WITH A FULL MEMBER VOTE OF SUCH A DIVISIVE ISSUE. I AM FAIRLY CERTAIN THAT A FULL MEMBER VOTE WILL BE A LOT LESS PAINFUL AND DISRUPTIVE THAN POTENTIAL PERSONAL OR COLLECTIVE LEGAL REMEDIES. PROBABLY MOST IMPORTANT IS THE EFFECT THIS SITUATION WILL HAVE ON PROSPECTIVE HARBOUR RIDGE PROPERTY BUYERS. IF I HAD HAD KNOWLEDGE THAT THE BOARD AND MANAGEMENT OF THIS CLUB MAY MAKE A MAJOR DECISION AFFECTING THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY WITHOUT ASSESSING MAJORITY RULE OPINION – I WOULD NOT HAVE PURCHASED IN HARBOUR RIDGE- AND I AM VERY CONCERNED FUTURE POTENTIAL BUYERS WILL FEEL THE SAME WAY! PLEASE HAVE A SIMPLE MAJORITY VOTE AND BASED ON RESULTS EXPLORE THE OPTIONS – IT IS THE WILL OF THE MEMBERS THAT MATTERS MUCH MORE THAN THE WILL OF THE BOARD! IT IS ALSO THE RIGHT AND FAIR THING TO DO!

Sincerely, Mark Witaczack

June 3, 2019

I have previously written to the Board outlining my concerns regarding the esthetics of the tower and attendant equipment. I would only add here that since we were never given details of the contract the Board entered into or renderings of what the cell tower would look like until it was presented at the BCCC meeting, we had no idea that it would be so hideous and take up so much ground space as well as beautiful air space. Now that we know, we oppose this move by the Board.

Ginger Provost

June 3, 2019

I feel this issue is splitting a wonderful community and as much as I was in favor of it originally and if it could have been in the dog park area I am now very much opposed to any place other then the maintenance area or the eagle preserve. Please come to your senses and see we must stop this. If we have a contract, find out the terms to break it and let us know. I wonder if we offered them an alternate spot and they turned it down, then maybe they are breaking the contract.

Paul Karp

June 3, 2019

Transparency of Harbour Ridge management to its residents has always bothered me and now this example is definitely beyond my comprehension and comfort level.

Nancy Schwartz

June 3, 2019

Old technology and detrimental to property values.

Terry O’Hare

June 3, 2019

I have already signed the petition but wanted to add the comment that I voted for the clubhouse in the pulse survey, but did not understand the size and scope of the proposed tower. So please remove my positive vote. And I hope you can find another location for the tower if it decided to be necessary.

Bambi Wood

June 3, 2019

The site that would have been appropriate, was in the dog park area, NOT NEXT TO OUR CLUBHOUSE.

Jeanette Pignataro

June 3, 2019

Why would the board choose a site that is best for VERTEX. The board should be choosing a site that is best for Harbour Ridge!! Easier and less expensive for VERTEX sounds like our priorities are in the wrong place. BTW – I had difficulty with my phone until I flipped the wi-fi setting ON and now I have excellent cell service. We are CRAZY to do anything that might hurt property values. Why risk it since that is HRYCC’s only real problem. Seems foolish. There must be a better way. Pitting neighbor against neighbor and hurting fellow club members does not seem like the Harbour Ridge way.

Kenny McKay

June 3, 2019

I’m in favor of NO cell tower at this time. Form an informed committee to help those with problems resolve their issues. Provide club golf carts with rooftop boosters and make purchase info available for interested members.

Ann Morgan

June 3, 2019

Please reconsider the clubhouse site for the proposed cell tower. It is unsightly and negatively affects the beauty of our community gathering place. It can’t be overlooked that no other community was willing to have it within eyesight. Doesn’t that prove that it will negatively effect property values!? Let’s be honest… Not one of us would be willing, if asked, to have it in our own yards! As a new resident of HRYCC I feel strongly that we must consider the harm it will do to property owners, especially those within close proximity to the clubhouse and the negative impact it will, and is, having on the community.

Beth McKay

June 3, 2019

The placement of the tower couldn’t be worse….IF we need a tower. We need to vote on this. Why did zoning vote unanimously against it? Why didn’t the Board tell the members it had already signed something? This doesn’t bode well for Harbour Ridge.

Diane Greenawalt

June 3, 2019

The board continues to act as if restating their position is a valid way to convince the non-convinced. It’s time for the board to take a step back, and reassess its position. The cell tower decision will have a long lasting effect on the community, and having the board dig in its heels about this or any other matter is counterproductive. What is wrong with doing the right thing, having a full discussion of the pros and cons of all potential mobile communication solutions, and gaining the support of the membership as a first step?

Allan Fugate

June 3, 2019

I believe the Club House is a terrible location for the tower and would rather do without improved cell reception.

Barbara Marshall

June 3, 2019

The handling of this project by the Board has been a disgrace.

William Gallagher

June 3, 2019

Very concerned about my health being near tower, plus obvious detraction from beautiful settings of HR.

Sharon Snider

June 2, 2019

We are not in favor of the cell tower going up in the parking lot at Harbour Ridge. Can’t this be put on hold for a bit until more research is done on alternatives. It sounds like there are other ways to get what we want. We get terrible reception at our house on Cinnamon Way, but I think having that thing right there by our club house right in the middle of everything would be a mistake.

Anne Brett

June 2, 2019

Demand is a strong word. I strongly urge the board to reconsider a tower within our gates.

Lynne Kiss

June 2, 2019

Penny and I are vehemently opposed to the cell tower location by the clubhouse and the process that was undertaken by the board to get where we are. It must be halted for so many reasons, and in spite of any financial consequences.

Paul Rubincam

June 2, 2019

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE DATE THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED.

NO INFO, NO VOTE, THE ONLY CHOICE I HAD WAS A SURVEY WERE TO PLACE THE TOWER.

THE BOARD DID THE COMMUNITY A TERRIBLE INJUSTICE. WITHIN 2 YEARS CELL PHONE AND WI-FI COMMUNICATION WILL CHANGE, THEN WE CAN PAY TO TAKE THE TOWER DOWN. I CAN SEE AN ASSEMENT IN OUR FUTURE….

Joel Lovett

June 2, 2019

It is unconscionable to erect a tower on any HR location without an official membership vote. The Clubhouse location is a critical site to all members. The Question should be kept straight forward: Do you agree to the construction of a 120 (?) cell tower adjacent ( ie xxx feet from the Clubhouse cart barn)?

Bill Apted

June 1, 2019

Why, as members of HRYCC, we cannot get access to the cell tower contract?

Lack of transparency from the Board members.

Has the Broad exceeded its authority without a membership vote?

Should the members hire an outside attorney?

Prompt action is required since Board got the approval from the county. Time is critical to minimize termination costs, if any.

Seth Shapiro

June 1, 2019

I just reviewed the latest Board Communication and their enclosed timeline for the cell tower. I don’t recall a vote on whether residents wanted a cell tower at all. The Board’s timeline confirms that a vote never took place. It only states that the Gilson Road site , which is basically off property, received 320 votes. Therefore, I am in favor of halting construction pending a vote of the membership.

Barbara Barton

June 1, 2019

In my opinion , The damage done to the aesthetics of the landscape at Harbour Ridge by the erection of a cell tower far exceeds any benefits related to improved cell phone reception.

Robert Long

June 1, 2019

This location is causing our community great stress and the board will destroy the goodwill we now all enjoy.

Stephen Necel

May 31, 2019

Why should Harbour Ridge provide a cell tower that benefits all of the nearby neighborhoods that voted against it? The gained revenue is not worth it. If our neighbors want the benefits of the cell tower, then an alternative location should be found that doesn’t diminish the views or provide health safety concerns around our clubhouse. Why not wait a couple of years until the new Veranda homeowners realize they need better cell service? Perhaps then we can compromise on a location less intrusive to Harbour Ridge residents and members. If all of the nearby neighborhoods will benefit from the tower, why are we the only community that will feel the negative impacts? It seems to me that the benefits of better cell service, diminished views, and perhaps potential revenue should be shared by our neighbors.

James Derrington

May 31, 2019

Technology at any price is not as valuable as community.

Marg Drumheller

May 31, 2019

Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club is a private gated residential community with a plethora of wonderful amenities, enjoyed by all residents. Everyone who moves to the community is looking to enjoy a lifestyle of quite peaceful relaxation. There are 695 members inside our gates and we are a family. Lately it would appear that the community is taking on a life of it own. I feel that it is being run more like a “business”, developing the eagle preserve, assuming condos and renovating them, and taking in more outside members, so we can expand. Let’s return to being a family. I cannot support the construction of a cell tower particularly in a location that I know will hurt real estate values, especially for those who live close by. I applaud the construction of this website and those who are expressing their opinions. I think this is a very good means for members to communicate with the Board, management and each other.

Kathy Stein

May 31, 2019

I vehemently oppose the erection of a cell tower at the clubhouse.

Robert Finnerty

May 31, 2019

I am amazed that this tower is supposed to be 120′ tall. I had no idea that such a height was being proposed. I also did not know that it would be 6′ in diameter. Had i known that I would not have been for it. I also think that this should come before our membership for approval before it goes to Port St. Lucie Boards. I’d also like to know what areas are deficient in coverage. The coverage on Sweet Bay is not perfect but I can work around it.

Lee Prince

May 31, 2019

To the HR Board, I am absolutely against the cell tower project. I am very relieved that so many other members are opposed as well since I’ve been against it from the onset. Cell towers should NEVER be anywhere near homes, people or animals as I’ve been aware of the dangers of the EMF radiation for many years. This is not to say that beauty, property values, and the very necessity should not be considered. All of it matters. The concerns of the members have not be heard and have actually been hushed and discouraged. It happened to me more than once. I agree with many others that information on this project was mishandled and confusing from the beginning. My frustration hit a boiling point at the St. Lucie Board meeting when their vote to allow the variance which would infringe on several member’s properties. My respect for their decision making was completely questionable. But the worst part of that evening was the division of our own community sitting on opposite sides of the room with tremendous tension between us. We were strangers that night which was something I never saw since we moved to HR. Extremely disconcerting. I am asking the board to stop all cell tower progress and listen to the members’ concerns and possible resolutions before putting it out to a member vote.

Jean Daniels

May 31, 2019

Dear Members of the Harbour Ridge Board of Directors:

I firmly believe all of our Boards work extremely hard to serve Harbour Ridge to the best of their ability; and therefore, I am confident that your decisions regarding the cell tower are the result of carefully thought out and considered study. However, I do hope you will take another look at this problem. The chosen site for the tower is of great concern for many members who would otherwise be for the erection of a tower. We are extremely proud of our lovely Clubhouse, and many of us feel this “Eiffel Tower” will diminish the beauty of the approach to the entrance. It’s simply too large and ugly. I also am convinced that, at the rate technology is advancing, such a tower will be redundant within five years. Could not members with poor cell service install boosters until that happens? In fact, it would be an easy fix for the Club to pay for such boosters in the few homes which need it. Surely such items could be bought in multiples at a discount. If nothing else, I firmly believe we should undertake a membership vote on this issue. Why take the blame for something opposed by so many members? A membership vote would result in a decision mandated by the membership, and you, the Board, could then just follow the wishes of the majority. Who could argue with that? Everyone involved, pro and con, has spent an inordinate amount of time on this issue. It could be resolved immediately by a vote. I urge you to make your membership happy and allow us to do so.

Sincerely, Katharine Senn

May 31, 2019

Build the Cell Tower at the Maintenance Yard, but Not where it is proposed now.

Marianne and George Hartnett

May 31, 2019

If even 1 member is negatively effected by this board’s decision, I am opposed.

Vicki Valley

May 31, 2019

I am not in favor, nor have I ever been in favor, of erecting a cell tower on the property of Harbor Ridge Yacht & Country Club. I am profoundly disturbed that a decision as momentous as this, can be made without the consent of the members, property owners, and residents of Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club. It is time for change!

Penny M. Steele

May 31, 2019

I have concerns about health risks.

Gay Ann Zammit

May 31, 2019

We share an email so this is a petition for two. I have previously emailed the Board of Directors and urged them to NOT construct a cell tower at the clubhouse.

Richard Kurts

May 31, 2019

Tower should be by #15 if at all.

Peter Broms

May 31, 2019

The process on how HR Board members are selected should be changed to a more democratic process. The plan to erect a cell tower should be submitted to the entire membership for a decision.

Terence Bischoff

May 31, 2019

The tower would be a travesty to HR on several levels. It’s unsightly, unnecessary and detracts from the natural beauty of our community. Please-don’t install it.

Charles Whitelock

May 31, 2019

The cell tower would be detrimental to the good of Harbour Ridge!

Lore Dodge

May 31, 2019

Will destroy our property values.

Martin Yarvis

May 31, 2019

To mar the beautiful clubhouse and surroundings would be a travesty. Please reconsider and find a better location or not at all . There are apparently measures to take that can enhance coverage.

Andrea Lutz

May 31, 2019

The construction of a cell tower next to our club house and in such close proximity to many of our neighbors must not happen. A more feasible site has to be identified. The board has completely ignored the 9-0 vote against the tower at that location by the Planning and Zoning Board of St Lucie County back in April. A meeting where that board told both Vertex and the Harbour Ridge Board to find another location on the property for the tower.

Additionally, and more importantly, our Board of Directors needs to listen to the people of our community. Stop refusing to discuss the issue with certain members. Stop ignoring letters and e-mails written to both you and management. Stop trying to quietly push this thing through no matter the sentiment of the community. And please, stop talking about how we need to come together as a community on this issue. It is your lack of transparency that has created the divisive feel in the community.

Finally, in a letter (author unknown) sent to the community by Ms. Duffy on May 6th, there were a couple of points I found most interesting: 1) The letter claimed that Veranda had said no to a variance agreement for the location of the tower back in the maintenance compound. This claim was contradicted by Vertex’s lawyer present at the P&Z meeting. She said that Veranda had not said no. She implied that talks could continue. That is documented in a video of the meeting. 2) The letter addressed the issue of the tower being voted upon by the entire community. It stated that “a vote is not required to be held since there is no cost to the members.” So, because the by-laws might allow the board to go ahead with such a project, the rest of the community should just sit back and accept it? It might be a valid technical argument but what about the spirit of that statement? Where’s the morality in such an exclamation? This thing isn’t a new sand trap. It is a 124 foot edifice that the people at Vertex have the audacity to call a “stealth tower.”

PLEASE ABANDON THIS LOCATION

RICK SAYRE

May 31, 2019

Harbour Ridge is a beautiful place to be and a cell tower in the club house area is beyond horrible. For all the money in the world – it is not worth it.

Eileen Baxter

May 31, 2019

I totally agree that having the tower in such close proximity to the clubhouse would be extremely detrimental. I’m also concerned about the effect it would have to the resale value of our property being so close to the proposed site.

Sandra Olson

May 31, 2019

I am in favor of the tower but not the location.

Judy Tilliss

May 31, 2019

There are better places to put it.

Theodore Gaeta

May 31, 2019

As I mentioned in my written comments to the county, my greatest concerns include the negative effect to property values and potential health risks. The speed with which technology changes makes me think there won’t be a need for this tower in the very near future.

Claudia Jackson

May 31, 2019

The Board is ignoring the wishes of a large number of members. This should not go ahead without a vote.

Pat Hoshino

May 31, 2019

“I had a call today from a XXXXXXX who currently lives in Harbour Ridge.  He is buying a larger place and is scheduled to close next week.  He wanted me to call Tim Powers.  He said he is giving serious consideration to not closing if the cell tower is erected in the Clubhouse parking lot.  He already signed the petition.

I told him to call Salerno, e-mail Tim Powers and copy everyone on the Board directly.  His opinion will mean more than mine.” 

May 30, 2019

HR must pursue alternative means for cell service, ie boosters in homes.

Elizabeth Walker

May 30, 2019

Before proceeding, the Board should have persuaded the membership to vote in favor of the clubhouse location. Failure to do so has the effect of unnecessarily burdening one neighborhood with the addition of a tower that soon might be technologically unnecessary. The case for that burden was not made. Actions by the leadership of the board over recent years have cost the Board goodwill that boards with better judgment would enjoy.

Douglas Moxham

May 30, 2019

I hope the board will listen to to the opponents on the placement of this cell tower. It is very clear that the majority of members are against it.

Linda Jones

May 30, 2019

The problem could be solved in many other ways that would not effect real estate values and throw a wrench into the progress we have made in selling our remaining unsold real estate. The lack of leadership sensitivity if the tower goes where planned will effect the ability of future boards to govern. Wake up its not too late, even if we have made legal commitments.

Paul and Shirley De Luca

May 30, 2019

Find another location for the cell tower that will not directly impact our fellow neighbors. Also, the pictures of the structure provided by Vertex at the St Lucie Board of Commissioners’ meeting make it look more like a commercial smoke stack. It does not resemble a flag pole, as previously stated by the Board.

Colette Sayre

May 30, 2019

We were never asked whether or not we wanted a cell tower, we were only asked what location we preferred. Technology will make the need for a tower obsolete within the next few years and we will be stuck with this eyesore which will ruin our real estate market making our properties worth less than they are now.

Marilyn Greenberg

May 30, 2019

We feel that the location is wrong for the proposed cell tower.

Thomas Green

May 30, 2019

I agree with the petition. Kathy and I have written E-ms to the County Commissioners opposing the location of the proposed tower to no avail. The Board should seriously consider the opposition of so many members. At HR Properties we have a buyer who has informed us that he intends to cancel his very expensive purchase and possibly lose his substantial deposit if the location of the tower is not moved. Further, it is our experience that any vote MUST be counted by an independent third party because in the past Board Members have called Members who oppose them to coerce them into changing their vote. This practice is OUTRAGEOUS!

Alfred Stein

May 30, 2019

Basically, I am opposed to the cell tower completely, however, since many have poor reception, I can go along with erecting a tower. I am, however, totally against erecting it so near the clubhouse and in a location that impacts everyone. I don’t feel the monetary gain is enough to ruin our beautiful landscape.

Emily Fineburg

May 30, 2019

I believe a community vote for an expenditure of this magnitude should have put to the members. We are an equity community and the board is supposed to serve in what is the best interest of the members. It appears to me that our concerns have not been taken into consideration. I strongly suggest that the board reconsider their decision.

Stephanie Barnard

May 30, 2019

A vote of all members is needed.

David Brigham

May 30, 2019

I am opposed to the cell tower and the other projects (the eagle preserve), which have been rejected repeatedly and yet keep reappearing on the board’s agenda.

Peter Maglione

May 30, 2019

I personally have never agreed with the need for a cell tower and certainly not with the decision that the best location is by the clubhouse. But what we are in the middle of is a discussion about the content of the decision AND the process of how the decision(s) got (get) made. I have been at hr for over 20 years This has contributed to two beliefs- Members,by and large, want to support their friends and neighbors who make up the board. We all know how thankless the Job is and how much time it takes The second belief is that When there is this much noise from the members, the board should listen. The board took a position on this issue early and gets more dug in with every discussion. I easily get why and how that happened. But maybe it is now time to hit the “pause”button We have given the right to the board to make this decision. But just because you have the right to do it,doesn’t necessarily mean you should.

Respectfully, Eeve Metsisto

May 30, 2019

I am tired of being an equity member with no say in important decisions. We had no vote on outside members, the in-house real estate office, and now the cell tower. Our Board is “selected” by a nominating committee appointed by the Board. There is no diversity and it’s obvious members opinions don’t matter. We need to change the way the board is elected/appointed with more consideration and input given to the members.

Gretchen Maglione

May 30, 2019

Not against the cell tower, just it’s location at the clubhouse. In my opinion the eagle preserve would be the best location for the tower.

James Hughes

May 30, 2019

I would like to start by thanking those who volunteer their time to be on the board and I am very saddened to see what this issue is doing to our wonderful community. I have not been involved in this process as I am a new member so I am not aware of the research that has been done to come to this decision. Before a huge structure is built on our beautiful property I would like to see the research. For example, within the next year it is my understanding, limited as it may be, that when 5G comes out it will work off antennas that are being constructed around communities in the light posts. Is this not a good alternative? We have never had a cell tower before so why do it now when the advances in technology may eliminate the need for one? Perhaps there are good answers to these questions which I would be very interested in hearing. Until I have a better grasp on our need specifically for a cell tower, and the research that has been done, I will not support one being built on our property.

Ruthie Steinberg

May 30, 2019

I Believe the cell tower should be erected somewhere in the eagle preserve. It wasn’t too many years ago that the membership voted down any residential development at that site and I would assume were a vote taken at this time the vote would be the same.

Eugene Francolini

May 30, 2019

E Mail sent to the Board May 28: I will keep this simple as many well constructed and detailed e mails have been sent to you, the Harbour Ridge Board, sharing beliefs and reasons why the cell tower proposed sight is not acceptable to many members. I too am opposed and spoke at the last county hearing sharing one or more reason. I implore you as responsible board members and community friends and acquaintances to read every explanation and look for an alternative solution.

Sincerely, Harriet Vogel

May 30, 2019

We have been members of Harbour Ridge since Feb. 1985, first as residents in Greenbriar Village, then Sweetbay Village since 1988. If our old by-laws allow the Board to authorize construction of this cell tower without putting the issue to a vote to the membership, then our by-laws need to be reviewed and changed to give us a say in this extremely divisive matter.

Respectfully submitted, Roger and Ann Peoples

May 30, 2019

If feel that this is the first time I had a chance to vote on this important subject.

Francis Baxter

May 30, 2019

The voting was confusing at best.

Mark Palmerino

May 30, 2019

This proposed cell tower is too close to many members and employees. It is potentially a health hazard and it definitely will be an “eye-sore”.

Carol Weissman

May 30, 2019

While the Board has been dealing with this for a long time, that doesn’t mean that rethinking the need, problems (if any), and both near term and long term (5G) solutions should be avoided. I have Verizon and have never experienced a problem with reception on any of the golf courses. We live in Bayhead without coverage issues.

Thomas Klug

May 30, 2019

I have the following concerns re the cell tower construction site at the club house:

1. I have been told we are doing this for safety and better service. I upgraded my cell phone to a newer generation, and hooked it up through wifi and get great service now when I did not before. Are we educating our members/users on what they can do to get better service??

2. I have heard there are ” dead zones” around the club and golf courses. Would be nice for the board to publish where those are. Is there a site map?? Members I play golf with are capable of getting service on the courses….so just where are the spots of concern. Have we explored other ways to help boost service in those areas assuming they exist?

3. There is an ongoing debate on the health effects of being located near a cell tower. Just go on the web and you can read any number of articles expressing concerns. ” The safety of cell phone towers is the subject of intensive scientific debate. There is a growing body of evidence that the electromagnetic radiation they emit, even at low levels, is dangerous to human health.” this alone is enough to give consideration to the tower as it is very near our employee work place, several residences and our clubhouse.

4. I don’t understand why we will not put this proposal to a full membership vote. As a member owned club it seems to me all members should have there voice heard through a vote, not just the few who sit on the board. It would be simple to do by email to all members and in doing that the board will have a true picture of how the membership feels. I have been at HRYCC for 7 years and this is the most divisive subject I have seen. It behooves the board to take direction form the membership at large on something this big and important.

Fred Barnard

May 30, 2019

My opposition to the cell tower is based primarily on my concern about the impact that the cell tower will have on those residing in close proximity to the tower. There can be no doubt that their lives and property values will be impacted in a very negative way. I do not care how many fall into this category. One is too many. Moreover, in my opinion, the cell tower will be detrimental to all of Harbour Ridge. I do not believe that the Board has made out a case, even a close one, that there are issues of reception and safety that outweigh the harm that will be caused. Harbour Ridge is a special place and, to put it simply, especially with respect to those close to the tower, I do not believe that we should treat our friends and neighbors this way.

Andy Russell

May 30, 2019

There has never been a compelling reason given for the need for a cell tower. Other options for improved cell coverage were never presented, and the question of “am I in favor of a cell tower like the one proposed and at the clubhouse” was never asked. Furthermore, no financial benefit to the club has never been explicitly stated, although there are numbers bandied about. If the board has studied alternatives for improved cell service, other than a cell tower, it has never been presented to the membership at large. The pros and cons of alternatives would be helpful to understand. In general, I was for a cell tower either at the maintenance shed, or at the dog park, but so close to the clubhouse, and in the center of the community creates serious drawbacks. I would never have been for the tower where it is currently being proposed.

Allan Fugate

May 30, 2019

My proposal: build two smaller units at fitness center and waste water plant.

Klaus Hrubesch

May 30, 2019

I recommend we look at another location especially with the Veranda neighborhood being built. It should be a joint effort to find a mutually beneficial location with this new neighborhood.

Gil Zanchi

May 30, 2019

The Board and management should turn to the membership for opinions and approval before making decisions of this magnitude.

Susan Peterson

May 30, 2019

My instructions in LIVING WITH YOUR PACEMAKER have specific precautions and warnings regarding electromagnetic interference. Specifically state EMI can be caused by (among several other cautions) COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT, SUCH AS MICROWAVE TRANSMITTERS, LINEAR POWER AMPLIFIERS OR HIGH-POWER AMATEUR TRANSMITTERS. In requesting a variance in the distance from residences and receiving that variance from BOCC can you be sure you have not and will not put your Harbour Ridge friends and neighbors at potential risk?

Note: Quoted from “Living With Your Pacemaker” handbook provided to Pacemaker recipients by St Jude Medical.

Barbara Grimmer

May 30, 2019

Please let the membership approve or disapprove the club house location.

Davies Tainter

May 30, 2019

I was originally in favor of the tower, but after learning more information about the project, I oppose the current location. I favor locating the tower in the Eagle’s Preserve.

Robert Beauchamp

May 30, 2019

With coming of 5G do we need a tower?

Michael Henderson

May 30, 2019

Do not understand the motivation to locate cell tower at the Club house. It simply is the worst decision Board could make for so many reasons.

John Palmer

May 30, 2019

I am concerned that this process is tearing at the fabric of HR.

Robert Bysshe

May 30, 2019

We have all, together, built a community at Harbour Ridge that serves as an oasis of lush green space that uniquely incorporates the natural beauty of the river, sculpted championship golf courses, respectful relationship with amazing wildlife. It’s a peaceful retreat from the commercial blight that while necessary for modern life is antithetical to our life here. While all impacts including EMFs, tower base infrastructure, razor wire fencing, noise, traffic, unsightly unnatural equipment in view from every aspect of the club have all been addressed in some way, it’s important to remember what makes our homes unique- those opposed are not Luddites, or shortsighted or passing up a dramatic source of revenue- we are conservationists and stewards of the land and proud of it.

Michael Schachter

May 30, 2019

Many will agree cell service is not at its’ best in Harbour Ridge, but a tower at the clubhouse would seem to be the LAST place where one should be constructed. We have 885 acres of property to choose from. Re-evaluation should be undertaken and the membership should then have the right to “vote” on such an important decision. The rights of this membership are slowly being diminished. I applaud all members who are finally speaking up for those rights rather than have them be decided by a “select few.”

Gwendolyn Deisler

May 30, 2019

I have already submitted a letter to the Board via board member John McDonagh who emailed Michael Salerno to pass it on expressing my opposition to the current cell tower plan. I have asked for information regarding the previous easement given to a neighboring community and have not received a response. I would like to know when, how and why the easement was granted and what HR received in return, all of which I understand precludes HR from now using the Maintenance Compound as a site for the cell tower. I believe that the current proposed site at the clubhouse is a detriment to the physical beauty of the clubhouse, the aesthetics of the surrounding neighborhoods and will impact neighbors’ real estate values. The current cell tower plan also raised related health questions for those of us using the driving range and living in proximity to the proposed cell tower. I have received not information about the latter as well. I would like to know the specifics of what neighborhoods or homes are experiencing poor reception on their cell devices. Also what effort has been made to accommodate those individuals with alternative technology which might be available to solve their service deficiencies without having to resort to a huge cell tower in our midst. Thank you. Susan Menson

May 30, 2019

Ugly and unnecessary.

E. Drummond King

May 30, 2019

I feel very strongly that this location is going to have a negative impact on our club. There has to be more exploration of locations & other options to satisfy our community members. This whole issue of location has created a dark cloud over HR.

Bonnie Messinger

May 30, 2019

I feel that this board of directors is not acting in the membership’s best interest. We are nearing our 17th season here at Harbour Ridge, and never has there been such a controversy. I wish our board was elected by secret ballot, but that idea was shot down years ago. The cell tower is another example of a few members getting their agendas through without approval. The “vote” was a joke. To have this much discourse over their decision alone should prompt a responsible board to take another look.. a transparent look. We all deserve that. At the very least, this tower will be an eyesore! We have to have ARB approval to change light fixtures on our homes or to add or take away landscaping, yet the board is okay to have an ugly pole smack dab in the middle of the community. Seriously, what are you thinking?

Nina Crotty

May 30, 2019

THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 1200 MEMBERS AT HARBOUR RIDGE. 286 VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE PARKING LOT SITE OR 24%. THE BOARD’S FIGURE OF 63% IS BASED ON 286 OF THOSE WHO VOTED. WE NEED ANOTHER VOTE!

CHARLES LAFORGE

May 30, 2019

There are other options that have not been presented to the membership, and NO explanation of why this is the only solution to something most residents do not feel is a problem, and most strongly disagree with.

Dennis Garda

May 30, 2019

Not the right location. Too many oppose this action to be ignored.

Richard Munn

May 30, 2019

For the sake of our community this issue must be presented to the membership both pros and cons. Only then will a fair and correct decision be reached. Any other resolve will be viewed as a total disrespect towards our members.

Respectfully, Tim Crotty

May 30, 2019

First of all let me state I don’t believe in a conspiracy theory or any ulterior motive by the Board I believe they are intelligent responsible people doing a volunteer job to the best of their ability in the best interests of Harbour Ridge Having said that I think a combination of early complacency and uncertainty as to what the actual location and structure of the cell tower has caused a monumental shift in sentiment from the vague yes I would like improved cell service to a unbridled rejection of the cell tower given the aesthetic, health, environmental and potential economic cost of the location and size of the proposed structure I believe Harbour Ridge is better to wait for improved technology or wait out Veranda who has greater cell phone issues than Harbour Ridge to come to the bargaining table with a more active compromise solution Finally I believe it would be an abuse of power if the Board were to go ahead and jam the cell phone tower through using antiquated by laws that could have never envisioned ubiquitous cell phone use and issues concerning construction of 12 storey towers I believe this is a huge issue for the membership and needs to go to a vote. If the vote proves out the majority are in favour at least we will be satisfied a democratic process had be followed.

Michael Horrocks

May 30, 2019

It seems like many residents are not in favor of building a cell tower. I DO NOT have a land line and my cell phone is my only means of communication. However, dropped calls are NOT life threatening, just a minor inconvenience. That being said, I’m willing to make that small sacrifice and fully agree with health factors should always be the priority. So I’ll do what’s best for HR and the residents that this tower may affect. I’m now opposed.

Sincerely, Dom Gallo

May 30, 2019

Find another location or give up.

Barbara Warner

May 30, 2019

Bad location and bad selection process.

William Lambert

May 30, 2019

I am not in favor of the new cell tower by the clubhouse. If we truly need a new cell tower it should be placed in the maintenance compound. That is the least intrusive area. It already is a huge eyesore when driving from #15 to #16 on the Marsh. A cell tower won’t make that area any less attractive whereas it will ruin the aesthetics near the clubhouse and surrounding area.

Sarah Manus

May 30, 2019

We would like to know why a previous letter from Harbour Ridge stated that good cell phone service is only available to homes along the river. Clearly this is untrue as our home is not on or near the river and have received excellent cell phone service for many years.

Lou Romano

May 30, 2019

The Board has crammed this down the members throats to say the members unanimously requested this tower is a total fabrication of the truth and the original question asked of themebership yes members may want the cell tower but not in this location as reported by our president this practice of “spinning” the facts is becoming more and more common as a result I have lost total faith and confidence of this board the next petition should be to hold a “democratic” election of new directors the current practice of the nominating committee is a joke similar to a third world country!!

David Ahner

May 30, 2019

We have been Members of HRYCC for 30-1/2 years and have marveled at the JOY of friendships and comraderie present here. HOWEVER that has changed since great DIVISION has occurred over this issue of where to place the Cell Tower at HRYCC. Relationships are more important than cellular reception!!!

MaryEllen and Richard O’Hara

May 30, 2019

We purchased in Harbour Ridge for the reason that this was the only gated community we looked at that had gone to great lengths to maintain the natural surroundings. HR developers carefully carved this beautiful community out of a pristine location and property owners since development have cherished this environmental delight. The cell tower proposal near our club house is a flagrant violation of everything that we identified in coming here in 1994. Stop this project now!

James Pierson

May 30, 2019

I am not convinced that the cell tower is either necessary or desired by a majority of the member/owners. I will not be convinced until a simple up or down vote of the members has been taken.

Robert Mowry

May 30, 2019

I am strongly opposed to the installation of the proposed cell tower for both health concerns, as well as the unsightly appearance of this monstrosity right next to our beautiful clubhouse. I also resent the fact that we were never given the chance to vote yes or no on the tower, but only where to put it. Please put a stop to this tower now.

Dennis Daniels

May 30, 2019

As a former Board member, I know that you work to represent the entire membership to keep our beautiful community a place of which we can all be proud. In the case of the cell tower, you are not listening! I was in favor of a cell tower, but certainly not near the clubhouse. After hearing from others, I now question the need at all.

Diane Graczyk

May 30, 2019

Any vote must be done by an independent third party.

Daniel Cremins

May 30, 2019

Please consider the importance of this matter in regards to our beautiful community and for the members whose lives will be affected in all the ways stated in the many letters attached. Thank you.

Cindy Heath

May 30, 2019

Our beautiful and classy clubgrounds would be ruined forever by this huge and ugly structure! There are other ways and places to accomplish coverage and the Board and Management owes it to us, the paying members, to make this critical decision about the scenery, reputation and look of our Club. This issue has been crammed down our throats by the Board and as a result they have lost the trust and credibility of the majority of our members. Please do the right thing for the members and the future of our gorgeous and wonderful Club, and stop the Cell Tower!

Laurie Ahner

May 30, 2019

I believe the radiation from the cell tower will affect All members of the community; whether you are at the driving range or at the cart barn or going to the club house. I , personally, do not want to increase my chances of getting cancer. I , also, believe that those looking at properties in Harbor Ridge will be deterred from buying because of such a threat. We risk losing our community. Please consider other alternatives!

Connie Necel

May 30, 2019

I agree with the analysis and sentiments expressed by Andy Russell in his email to the Board regarding the proposed cell tower. I think it would be a grievous error on the part of the Board if they proceed with the project without having given residents the opportunity to vote up-or-down on the erection of THIS tower in THIS location. Among my friends and neighbors at HR I have not heard a single individual express his or her support for THIS tower in THIS location.

Sandra Fugate

May 30, 2019

As a relatively new owner, I feel it is important to emphasize that one of the main reasons I chose HR was the natural beauty of the property. Particularly attractive was the approach to the clubhouse & its magnificent setting along the river. It now appears that this is being jeopardized by an ill advised, unilateral decision by the Board in direct contravention of its main goal to increase property values. The construction of a cell tower in this location will be a horrendous eyesore & a major detriment for both current owners & prospective purchasers. I strongly concur with the call for an official yes or no vote of the full membership.

Ellen Browne

May 30, 2019

The Tower will have more of a negative impact on Our Community, then a positive one. That should be the only reason WHY the tower project should be withdrawn.

Angelo Pignataro

May 30, 2019

I am the daughter who is in charge of my dads property and I think the board should be voted out. Great place, great amenities and we can’t give our house away! All of Florida has increased in the past 5 years and HR has decreased by like 70%. All due to few structures, rental structures, lack of transitioning from active member to very old people to inheritance by families who can’t live there for more years to come but can only rent with many many restrictions. Who wants to buy?!? More financial management and the board has too much power that is influencing property values. This should be placed where the dog park is and make it a tiny bit smaller. Or bird location or not at all. Lots of property outside the complex. Is someone getting a payoff for all of these decisions?

Bonnie Fairbrother

May 30, 2019

As a relatively new owner, one of the main reasons I chose HR was the beauty of the property. Particularly attractive was the approach to the clubhouse and its setting along the river. Now it appears that this is being jeopardized by an ill advised, unilateral decision by the Board to construct a concrete monstrosity in full view of anyone approaching the clubhouse, walking on the beautiful river path or utilizing the practice range. Since increasing property values has been a major focus of the Board, I believe that construction of the cell tower in this location will be a horrendous eyesore and a major detriment for both current owners and prospective purchasers. I strongly concur with the call for an official yes or no vote of the full membership.

Fred Chernin

May 30, 2019

Put the cell tower in the “eagle preserve”.

Ted Wasserman

May 30, 2019

The location of the proposed cell tower has not come before the residents for a vote. I share the feelings of many residents that the current chosen location will present a blight to our beautiful and gracious clubhouse. When my late husband and I chose Harbour Ridge, it was because of it’s natural beauty and charm. The present location for the cell tower is a deterrent to the natural element. It will certainly present the wrong influence on any prospective buyers here. We need to vote on this and any other proposed location before going forward.

Donna King

May 30, 2019

I had been in favor of the tower but have changed my mind and think it is unfair for anyone’s property to be impacted by the tower and will damage the beauty of our clubhouse.

Barbara Marshall

May 30, 2019

I am very opposed to the cell tower especially at its current proposed location. The need for improved cell service will be obsolete in a year or two.

Eugenie Fleming

May 30, 2019

I am 100% in favor of erecting a cell tower on property. 100%! But believe there are much better locations for it than anywhere near the clubhouse.

Chris Barr

May 30, 2019

The Board and management have been less than forthright on the facts and circumstances surrounding the decision to put the cell tower at the clubhouse. In fact, the lack of ethics are readily apparent once you understand the way this was handled by Management and the Board. They did no want members to understand so did not give them all the facts to make an informed decision. They chose the clubhouse location on their own based upon a survey where only approx. 400 out of 1,000 voted and out of the 400 only 1/2 were in favor of clubhouse location and told the members 63% voted in favor of clubhouse. They never informed the members when Vertex was flying a balloon at each location so members could see it. The balloon at clubhouse was flown on Dec 18, 2018 for about 1 hour. Most people were not here to during the Holiday season. There are other locations that were available that they never explored. Management and the Board never spoke to the owners of Veranda with regard to moving the cell tower closer to Veranda or putting it on Verandas property. They never informed the members that they were asking for variances from the county to put up the cell tower. They never asked members within 750′ of the cell tower if they were ok with it with putting it near their house. They took away the property rights of homeowners within 750′ of the cell tower by signing a letter to the county stating the HR POA fully supported the cell tower at the club house location. Peggy Epperson fraudulently signed a county variance form under penalty of perjury in order to tamper with the voting to the county regarding the variance forms. Management and the Board would not provide the contract with the Cell tower company, Vertex, when requested by members ,which is against the Florida Sunshine laws. A board member said at the BOCC meeting that the Board had the right to put a cell tower wherever they wanted since it was similar to providing garbage and cable service. Nothing could be further from the truth If you want further factual information, please give a call.

Bill Austin

May 29, 2019

Good morning HR Board,

First off, I would like to thank you for the time and energy you spend looking out for the well being of Harbour Ridge, this wonderful place that we have been coming to since 1987 when Gil’s parents bought one of the first homes.  We love it here and are looking forward to spending a happy retirement here within the next few years. We realize that you put much time and effort into your duties on the Board, and we respect what you do.

However, we would like to ask that you seriously consider the harm that can be done to our community with going ahead to place the 12 story cell phone tower smack dab in the middle of our community. We feel that the entire membership should be made aware of what could be coming with a cell phone tower at the clubhouse-the eyesore, the health risks to us members AND all the clubhouse employees, the negative effect on property values-just when it seems that real estate is picking up and the thought that Veranda will need a tower to accommodate all their new homes

Going forward with a  cell tower adjacent to the clubhouse where numerous people work,  in close proximity to many residential properties, is a questionable decision when other sites exist.  Are we as a community willing to risk the health of our Residents and Harbour Ridge staff? Research shows that cellular phone tower lawsuits are rising at an alarming rate. This could potentially put our Harbour Ridge community in a serious liability risk.

Yes, we, like many, were asleep at the wheel on this matter over the past years, but we don’t feel it is too late for us and other members who were also asleep to get involved now, and see if we can come to a resolution that won’t create such divisiveness and detriment to the HR community.

We too would like better cell service in HR, but not at the cost of a cell tower in the heart of our community.

Do we really want every boater passing by, every person attending a wedding or banquet, every guest golfer and every potential home buyer to see a 12 story tower in our most prime location?

 What will they think of our judgement and care and keeping of our beautiful, nature loving Harbour Ridge?

Let’s take a poll of members and ask if they truly want better cell service if it means a 12 story tower at the clubhouse.  Could we consider again other alternatives? The 15th hole of Golden Marsh, and possibly others, or a deal with the Veranda neighborhood?

Please, can we all work together to come to a reasonable solution that will work better for us all?  We are happy to discuss, attend a meeting, help poll members, whatever is necessary.

Thank you for taking the time to consider our thoughts expressed here.

Judy & Gil Zanchi

May 28, 2019

Dear Members of the Board,

First let me thank you for all of your hard work regarding the cell tower. I can only imagine how difficult the process has been and the amount of work that you have invested for the benefit of our community. All of the arguments have been made on both sides and we have listened and thought about it a great deal and like so much in our political arena today the arguments of one side will never convince those with an opposing view point. We are most upset with the discord that this project has developed within our community. This project has disrupted the absolutely wonderful Campus Environment that we all enjoy and for this reason alone but also for all of the other reasons so passionately described by others we want the BOD to abandon the clubhouse site. Our community needs to return to a peaceful and fun environment. Proceeding with the proposed cell tower project at the club house will not go away once it is completed. This is the type of discord that will continue to breed discord and discontent among the membership especially with so many of the members within sight of the tower’s location not wanting it there. It is truly a bad idea to proceed against the wishes of those that are truly affected.

Doug Sages

May 28, 2019

To:  Board of Directors,

In the 17 years we have been at Harbour Ridge,  our community has never been so divided. 

While we understand the need for improved cell phone service, we agree with so many others that the site selection is unacceptable. Additionally, the way this has been handled is very disappointing.

Peter Grimm’s appraisal of the situation is spot on:  a time out and a reevaluation are necessary to prevent this from spinning out of control.

Harbour Ridge is a very special place.  We hope you will listen to the community you serve, and act accordingly.

Sincerely,

Lou & Ann Romano

May 28, 2019

Dear Michael,

       Your statement (or the boards statement) which claims you have been working the club house site for months is meaningless. It is obvious the process and methodology in which the board reached it conclusion is flawed.

It is clear to me, as it is to many, many other members, most of the membership did not fully review or understand the tremendous negative impact this massive tower will have on their property values, health and overall esthetics of the club. I can assure you the majority of membership is vehemently against building a 124 foot tower close to our club house . The boards fiduciary responsibility is to use their best efforts and judgment to make decisions on behalf of the majority of membership. To act otherwise is irresponsible and might I say egotistical. I know if we work together we can come up with a solution that will please the majority of the members. I pledge my support to help the board and the membership improve the communication process and get this done quickly. Believe me it is as simple as working the phones talking to each member getting them to pay attention. Emails are too easy to ignore.

In fact, I did not realize Michael’s email was in my inbox until now.

I implore any of you to give me one reason why the board would want to continue down this path without one more attempt to fully vet this out. If there is a cancelation fee in a contract you signed, then disclose the amount and let that be part of the decisions we must make going forward.

I can work with any member to improve their Wi Fi connections if they are having a problem. In addition, in the short run place VHF radios in water proof boxes at any of the golf holes that don’t have reception. Have the radios tuned to a specific station which security will monitor.

Please let’s work this out.

Sincerely

Christopher R. DeNisco

May 28, 2019

Hi Tim & Michael: Hope you both enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend.   Ruthie and I are not in favor of a cell tower being built by the clubhouse.  It may already be a fait accompli but if it is not we think that other options should be looked at before proceeding.  The thought of seeing a 125 foot tower every time we drive to the clubhouse is just off putting.  I know you are claiming there are safety reasons for the tower but 1) perhaps another location would be better; and 2) how did HR manage the last 30 plus years without a tower?  All of a sudden safety issues have arisen that were not around the last 3 decades?

We also hate the fact that the 3,000 plus homes being built on Becker Road will benefit from our tower.  If we don’t put one in let’s see if Veranda or Lennar (or whoever it is) puts one in when people move in and they get no reception.  And if we are only servicing the homes and property inside HR, which is all we should care about, do we really need such a tall tower or might a smaller one suffice?  Though I imagine Vortex would not pay for it then.

Also, with the exponential advances in technology being made might cell towers be rendered obsolete in the near future? If so, we will have this eyesore on our beautiful property forever even though it may someday be useless.   

More disconcerting to us than this whole tower issue is the lack of civility being displayed by both sides and the vitriolic comments going back and forth in emails, social media and at clubhouse functions we have attended.   We are so dismayed at the way people are acting with respect to this issue.  Not a good impression on new members like us.  Perhaps other solutions need to be thought of in order to quell this lack of civility so at least people fair they were given a fair shake.  


Frankly my life will not change either way so I am not as big an advocate as many others are.  I will still use the golf, tennis and fitness center, enjoy my house and pool, and my beer will still be cold and my cigars will still be lit, regardless of a tower or not.  But if this is such a divided issue, with such strong opinions going both ways, perhaps it needs to be looked at again before proceeding.  

With that said, Ruthie and I think Tim, and the Board, does a great job and we sincerely appreciate the time and efforts you all put in on our behalf.  We truly believe you have the club’s best interests at heart.  And Michael, I cannot imagine a better club manager anywhere, we are lucky to have you.

Bottom line is this whole thing stinks and it is sad to see the community being divided like this.  No matter what is decided many people will be unhappy.  We just think before making so many people unhappy that all resorts should be exhausted before deciding.  If after doing so the Club and the Board determines that is the best option, then we will live with that and respect that decision, like it or not. 

Thank you for your time.          

Jeffrey Steinberg

May 28, 2019

Dear Board Members,

First let me say that I realize that as Board Members you will never be able to do your job and please every member.  However, there is a huge difference between a few members disagreeing with a Board decision and the Board unilaterally taking an action that will negatively impact every single member while improving cell phone reception for a minority of members who may really need it 

We, like most members, are here living alongside the St. Lucie River because we want to be surrounded by natural beauty. Most members pass by the clubhouse multiple times a day and will soon be faced with a 124 foot eyesore along with the attendant surrounding equipment and chain fence sitting virtually next to the clubhouse…A clubhouse that was so carefully designed to compliment its natural beauty surroundings. How can you possibly think that making it look like the Washington Monument would camouflage it; that it would blend in with the sky?  I was flabbergasted when I heard the presentation at the Commissioners Meeting and saw the actual renderings. Plus, the renderings that showed its proximity to several houses made me wonder how long it would take for those members to require the Board to reimburse them for the devaluation of their property. In fact, all of us will suffer as we will no longer be able to showcase our clubhouse without the eyesore next to it. We don’t need a real estate appraiser to tell us as we do have common sense. 

I know that this issue has been on the table for some time, but I am now hearing that there are other solutions. Marty and I would join in with the many members who have so far voiced their opinions that this matter must be halted, that an exploration of non-cell tower solutions be undertaken over the summer, and that the members actually be given a chance to vote on how to achieve the objective of cell coverage for all Harbour Ridge members. 

Thank you for what I hope will be careful reflection and reconsideration of this decision. 

And we also join in the request to provide details of the easement that was granted to Veranda. 

Ginger Provost

May 28, 2019

Dear Harbour Ridge Board Members,

I am writing to suggest and support that you change your decision to advocate for and approve the building of a cell tower within the Harbour Ridge community. 

I know there was a lot of support for the cell tower in its original location ( Gilson Road) but once that location was not approved, due largely to the opposition of some of our neighbors, HR should have stopped their support for any other locations within HR. The decision to continue the process and trying to find another location within the HR community was a mistake. There can’t possibly be a need for the cell tower within our community that is so great to support the Board’s current advocacy for the cell tower. 

For those that complain about poor cell phone coverage, there are currently many technologies available to boost cell phone coverage for those problem situations. Maybe some education for some of our members would be helpful and should be supported by the Board.  Plus with today’s rate of change in the communications industry and new 5G technology on the horizon any apparent need for better coverage today will surely be resolved in the not too distant future. This is a better answer for HR than building a new cell tower that will never go away within our community!

I know the Board has done a lot of work on this issue and believe it is the best solution for our community. But when circumstances change, great leadership must change also. I am sure you will find a better solution than building a cell tower Please stop this project now!

Thanks 
Gary Wilbur

May 27, 2019

Dear Harbour Ridge Board Members

Whether one is for or against the cell tower, what seems obvious to me is that there is a group of residents who are vehemently against the cell tower at the clubhouse.  They believe they have good cause to feel as they do for a variety of seemingly legitimate reasons: proximity: possible health concerns; real estate values, and so on.  These residents are as much a part of your constituency as those who are in favor of proceeding as is.  Those against appear to be growing in number—evidenced by the e-mails that are circulating—and seem determined to continue their objections.  

I believe it would be a real tragedy for us all if outside counsel becomes involved and the split in member opinion becomes trench warfare through litigation.  The schism in the membership is pretty wide now, and would only become wider and possibly more belligerent as time goes on.

Seems to me that a pause and reexamination of where we are, where we’ve been and where we might go is called for.  Only you, our Board, can cause that to happen.

My hope is that you will initiate a pause at this time. I urge you to do so.  Seems quite possible to me that , with discussion, cooperation and compromise, we could arrive at another solution that might unite rather than further split the membership.

Respectfully,  

Peter Grimm

May 26, 2019

Dear Harbour Ridge Board Members,

I understand that you are in a difficult position regarding the cell tower.  I believe that you have good intentions and want to do what is best for the community as a whole. 

The Vertex solution to the cell phone reception problem would have worked on Gilson Road, but it is not fair or prudent at the clubhouse site.  Your current course of action is not only divisive, it is potentially disastrous for the club.  There is increasing evidence that living and/or working in close proximity to cell towers causes cancer and other diseases.  Research is ongoing.  Litigation is increasing, and juries have already awarded substantial sums to plaintiffs in some cases.  Because of the flawed process with which you have exercised your authority, the club itself (not just the cell providers) will be vulnerable if employees or residents choose to sue.

Therefore, I urge you to consider two alternatives:

  1. Terminate the agreement with Vertex and stop trying to build a tower within Harbour Ridge.  If you do that, Veranda will be forced to accommodate one in due time.  Meanwhile, there are far less intrusive technologies available to address service problems within our borders.  If there would be a cost to the membership to do this (for hardware and/or due to contractual obligations to Vertex), inform the members and put it to an official vote.
  1. Put the tower in the center of the former eagle preserve, which is more than 750 feet from any dwelling and thus should not require variances.  I understand that this site presents problems, but not long ago some of you were advocating that it be developed for multiple home sites, so it seems that those problems are not insurmountable if the members approve.  Fly a balloon there for at least one week in November, inform the members of any incremental costs that would be incurred, and put it to an official vote.

Good leadership requires humility and a willingness to consider alternatives when circumstances change, even when egos are invested in a certain course of action.  Please halt the project now, at least until the membership can consider these alternatives and take a fully-informed vote.  

Sincerely,

David Hill

May 25, 2019

To the Harbour Ridge Board of Directors:

I read with dismay the various correspondence on the subject of the cell tower decision by the St. Lucie Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) .I have a proposal to make to the Board.

The most disturbing aspect of the cell tower dispute is that, by the erection of the cell tower, the Board is inflicting great harm on many Harbour Ridge residents. Of course, prospective purchasers, especially of residences in the vicinity of the tower, will be well-aware of the presence of the tower. There can be no doubt that property values will be materially diminished by the tower. Even worse is the extremely negative impact that the tower will have on the lifestyle of many of our residents. I am at a complete loss to understand why the Board is so intent on a course of action that has such very harmful results. Moreover, the Board’s denial of an opportunity for Harbour Ridge residents to have an up-or-down vote on the cell tower violates elemental principles of due process and fairness.

The problem, as I see it, is that our Board, through ill-advised grants of authority in the past, has the power to spend huge sums of money with no restrictions on the projects that it can pursue and without any input from the constituents that it represents. Plainly, an abuse of this authority led to the current cell tower controversy and to what I see as a crisis of confidence in the Board. It is no exaggeration to say that the level of anger that I have observed is intense. Under these circumstances, I believe that it is important for the Board to carefully consider any measure that offers an opportunity to avoid the kind of rift that I see developing.

I have a proposal for the Boards consideration.  I urge the Board immediately to cease all steps toward the erection of the cell tower pending a review of an amendment to the Harbour Ridge By-laws.  The proposed amendment, to state it simply, would provide for (1) replacing the current Board with a Board elected by individual secret ballots voted by the people of Harbour Ridge; (2) a declaration holding in abeyance all pending plans or projects of the current Board, including the cell tower, pending review by the newly elected Bard; (3) a procedure for election of the new Board and future Boards.  Secret ballot elections are common in clubs and associations and the election process is very straightforward and easy, while our current process results in an almost self-perpetuating Board.  Although my proposal is a radical one, the current crisis created by this Board calls for a radical remedy.

I further urge the Board promptly to conduct a survey of Harbour Ridge residents to determine whether the above proposal is of interest to our residents.  If so, the Board then should proceed with implementation of the proposal.

Whether or not the Board gives any consideration to the above proposal, I urge those who feel strongly about the cell tower to express to the Board their views on the subject.  I also urge recipients of this letter, if they believe that my points are valid, to forward the letter to others.

Sincerely,

Andy Russell

May 25, 2019

Tim:

I appreciate having the opportunity to speak with you and Michael Salerno on the phone yesterday, although we didn’t accomplish much.

I am not interested in the ancient history of cell phone tower evolution at Harbour Ridge. We need to address the current proposed clubhouse location of the tower; a location that I believe the majority of members oppose.

I discussed the need for a membership vote on the proposed clubhouse tower location, and you never really addressed it. Before anyone goes in a direction that will be both costly and devisive , I would like your assurance that there will be a transparent membership vote this Fall prior to your proceeding with the tower project. If we don’t get this assurance in the next week or so, then we willl consider taking action that we feel is appropriate.

On the other hand, if you sanction a fair and impartial vote, and a majority of the members vote in favor of the proposed clubhouse tower location; so be it.
There should not be any further discussion; and you should proceed.

However, If the members turn down the clubhouse location, there are other solutions to the wireless reception problem, which do not involve a stand-alone cell tower. I pointed out a Small Cell Network solution from Crown Castle which addresses wireless coverage and and capacity issues and would have a low (or no) impact on the Harbour Ridge environment. 

If it would be helpful, I would be pleased to contact Crown Castle and have them explain this system directly to the Board and your technical advisors, including those from the St Lucie County’s office.

In my opinion you and the Board have made a mega decision, based on a flawed member poll and fueled by your frustration of several (or many) years of trying to solve the cell phone issue. Step back, take a deep breath, and let’s see if there is a more creative, less impactful way to do it.

Thanks again for your time.

Regards,

Bob Fish

May 25, 2019

TO THE BOARD OF HARBOUR RIDGE

The Board has stated that one of its primary objectives is to be more transparent to the membership. That objective seems to have been ignored when it aggressively pursued getting a cell phone tower.  I am unaware of any communication shared with members that it was actively seeking a zoning variance and conditional use permit to have the tower installed right next to the clubhouse and adjacent to many of our members residences (over 100 members own properties directly affected and less than 10% of those supported the proposal).  Normally one would expect their club to support the zoning restrictions that exist to avoid adversely effecting individual’s property values, not to actively seek to negate those legal protections. 

Unlike all of the photos and renderings shown to the members about the four way stop, nothing has been shown by the club to its members of what the finished tower and other buildings, and fencing would look like. Our picturesque campus is one of the unique assets that we as club members have and why many of us have joined.  We should have been given some indication of how this proposal was deteriorating those aesthetic values.  

No opportunity to vote on location or the need for a tower was ever given.  Yes, an opinion survey was conducted but there was no indication that that survey was being considered conclusive.  A survey without providing full details (photos, need for zoning variances, etc.) is worthless.

There have been statements made that most members supported a cell phone tower in the past, but those petitions of support were received for a vastly different project both in size of tower and in location.  I have also heard that there was an actual vote in favor of a tower but that was back in 2005, 14 years ago when many of our current members were not even here. That information has questionable value at best and was very misleading when presented to the County Commissioners. 

There is a lot of evidence that erecting a cell tower right in the middle of a residential development significantly reduces the value of the nearby properties.  That’s why the zoning restrictions exist. Our neighborhood in Fort Collins, Colorado is currently experiencing just that.  A cell tower was erected essentially overnight right behind several very valuable homes.  No approval was needed since the tower was in an unincorporated part of the county.  One property, for sale, has already lowered its asking price by nearly $200,000 and still has not sold because of the unsightly tower right in its back yard.  Because of the neighborhood outrage, the county is moving to revise its laws to preclude this from ever happening again. Here at Harbour Ridge our management and Board actively lobbied to take action that will produce the same negative market effect.  How does this fit with their fiduciary responsibility to the residential owners and members that they were elected to represent?

While the stated objective was to improve the safety of our members, there is no guarantee that will result.  Even if you have cell services, you may not be able to use those services if you have an accident or a medical emergency.  The most likely location where a medical emergency will occur is in one’s house.  All members should have very good communication access there because of Hotwire and the required land line phone service that the club requires.  If the emergency occurs on the golf course, the playing partners should be able to quickly get to a land line phone in a neighboring house if no cell service is available.  The reality is that our property is in a remote location, one of its primary attractions.  The downside that we all have accepted is that it takes a while for any service, medical or otherwise to reach us.  Furthermore, while not conclusive, there is a lot of evidence that continuous exposure to the emissions of a cell tower can cause serious long-term health issues in its own right. 

This issue has created a very serious tear in the fabric of our membership relationships.  To help minimize the damage, I encourage the Board to regroup, fully review all of the issues, environmental effects and alternative transmission methods, share information that fully with the membership and have a formal vote on the issue before proceeding further.  That could go along way towards reducing the tensions that are significantly damaging our club today.  The cell issues have been around for along time; you should not take a quick long term decision that severely devalues our properties and drives a wedge into the hearts of our members..  

Respectfully,

Daniel Schwartz

May 24, 2019

To the Board at Harbour Ridge,

I agree wholeheartedly that the cell tower should not be constructed at the clubhouse location.  The more I learn about the negatives the more I oppose the location chosen.  I believe that this is the position of many memberswho were not educated originally on the dangers of a tower being in suchclose proximity.  Also nothing was mentioned at the last meeting as to whowould pay for the removal of the tower when it is no longer needed. I am not opposed to a cell tower, but would prefer a location that would not be detrimental to the health of members, would reduce real estate values and be an eyesore.
Sincerely,

Jill Grimm

May 24, 2019

Dear Tim Powers, Leigh Garry, Joan Tipple, Joyce Marsilia, Doug DanZiger, Brent Fraser, Patrick Sheedy,  John McDonagh, Ken Thompson, Peggy  Austin, and Bill Holmes,

As a board, you are aware of the divisions emerging within the Harbour Ridge community over the location and need (or not) for improved cell service. Your decision to construct a cell tower at the club house location on the basis of a survey, not a membership vote, has left many members to question your trust and motive. Do you honestly believe that flying a balloon for a few hours at your chosen site was ample time for members to view and understand the ramifications of its location within Harbour Ridge? That you have succeeded in a solution to our cell service problems must be the myth that allows you to rationalize your decision to impose a cell tower in the center of our community where people reside and work. 

Your decision to infringe on the rights of safety and health of our members is unfair. If you truly believe that exposure to cell tower electromagnetic radiation is not a central issue with your location choice, then I beg of you to update your views with current research. The FCC is working on outdated data from 20+ years ago. 

Cell towers are being constructed at an alarming rate today because everyone wants better service, and many people want this immediate gratification without a deeper understanding of what is at stake. I do not dispute the idea that there is room for the improvement of cell service for a number of residents in HRYCC. However, the fact that there remain other viable sites, not only within Harbour Ridge, but outside as well, that would not require a special variance for cell tower construction, leaves many of us seriously questioning the criteria you based your decision on. What has Vertex promised you?

It is a known fact that cell phone towers emit harmful RF (radio frequency) radiation also known as microwave radiation. The closer one is to a tower, the greater the risks. Installing a cell tower adjacent to the clubhouse where numerous people work, and in close proximity to many residential properties, is an imprudent decision when other sites exist which would not place people in such close proximity to electromagnetic radiation. 

Please take a moment to examine the attached document and websites below. Thank you.

“Citizens and municipalities often ask for firm setbacks from towers to guarantee safety . . . Deployment of base stations should be kept as efficient as possible to avoid exposure of the public to unnecessary high levels of RFR. As a general guideline, cell base stations should not be located less than 1500 ft (500 m) from the population, and at a height of about 150ft (∼50 m).

https://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/full/10.1139/A10-018#.XOArvC_Mx-V

“People who live near cell towers and antennas are in jeopardy,” Dr. Robin Bernhoft, president of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine.

Is Cell Phone Tower Radiation Harmful? – Get The Facts!

“The majority of published studies in different countries have shown a relationship between distance from base stations and a variety of health complaints.”

EMF Dangers Cell Tower Radiation Dangers – Be Aware of Where You Live and Work!

A groundbreaking study shows the strong connection between cell phone towers and cancer . . . industry trumps science.

https://www.collective-evolution.com/2018/08/17/worlds-largest-animal-study-on-cell-tower-radiation-confirms-cancer-link/

Sincerely,

Sarah W. Hill

May 24, 2019

 Dear Michael,

When originally asked to vote on the cell tower location, I voted for it and didn’t even mind it being located next to the clubhouse.

I have changed my mind and would like to change my vote to NO for the following reasons:

–  After reading comments from many members, I feel that it divides the community in a way that does not breed good will among members.  That’s really what we are all about here, isn’t it?


–  The tower would be situated too close to some of our neighborhoods.  That in itself is entirely wrong.  It could (and probably will) impact the housing prices that we as a community have work so hard at raising.  

–  Technology is moving so fast that I am afraid that we will be saddled with a “relic tower” when new technology is available to us.  When I investigated, I found some changes that I could make TODAY to receive better service.  

–  Lastly, a tower the height of a 12 story building….you have to be kidding!  No way to hide that eyesore.  

I would like to call for a re-vote on the tower and it’s placement among our membership.  

Respectfully,

Joan Marsh

May 23, 2019

Tim Powers and Harbour Ridge Board:

I am in receipt of your email disclosing the approval of your plan to proceed with the construction of a cell tower in the middle of Harbour Ridge.

This plan has been in progress for the last 14 years, but  you have failed to update members of the exact details of this deal with a private for profit companyI am completely unaware of how many current members were members 14 years ago. We were not.

Apparently the Harbour Ridge community is now in a legally binding contract with an outside for profit company for an undisclosed period of time. The tenacity with which the board/management has pursued this deal  for the past 14 years is puzzling. It is well documented that you are pursuing “soon to be” obsolete technology without allowing current members to vote their wishes on this project. In addition, the main beneficiaries of this deal are the private for profit cell company and the surrounding new, more expensive developments who are also our competition for new buyers.

We purchased in 2018 and where unaware of your plan for Harbour Ridge. 

I insist that  a copy of your contact with the cell company and pertinent correspondence disclosing the specifics of your arrangement with them be sent to me within 10 days.

 We would have had second thoughts on our purchase, if full disclosure had been provided prior to purchase. As you are aware, property values in Harbour Ridge are  amazingly low. We did not buy with the intention of losing our shirts. 

I appreciate your prompt attention to this matter.

Sharon Hirshorn

May 21, 2019

Dear Board Members

This is to inform you that George and Bonnie Davis are NOT in favor of the proposed Cell Tower installation near the Club House, and for the following reasons:

1. VALUE. Why do you think our neighboring communities resisted the installation of the cell tower as originally proposed outside the Harbour Ridge gate(doggie park) and or the Maintenance Compound?

Clearly, our neighbors are aware that cell towers, near their property, are an eye sore and reduce the value of their real estate. There are a number of recognized real estate industry reports affirming that real estate values are negatively impacted by adjacent cell towers. Which brings us to our property on Royal Fern Ct. where we have invested over $550,000 in improvements after the original purchase. And, we plan on improvements of about $140,000 in 2020. The Board’s Cell Tower reduces the market value of our home and puts our investment at risk.

2. RECEPTION. The mobile phones in our household have good reception using either AT&T or Verizon.

3. HEALTH. We both have health concerns about the effects of high powered micro-waves in near proximity of our home.

4.HEIGHT. If the proposed cell tower is in fact to be 124 feet high, that is the equivalent of a 12 story building. The thought of this is incredible….it is ridiculous! Having a 124 foot high anything in sight of our home is not why we moved to Harbour Ridge. But, it may be a reason to leave.

5. TRANSPARENCY. The Board of Harbour Ridge has elected to erect a cell tower. Not the MEMBERS of Harbour Ridge. There are many unanswered questions that the members have about the cell tower. The members have not been allowed to vote on the matter and we think this is wrong.

6. REPRESENTATION. The Harbour Ridge Board has a responsibility to represent the needs and interests of the MAJORITY of the Harbour Ridge membership. We have no reason to believe that to be the case in this matter.

7. PLEA. Put the cell tower specifics and location to a VOTE of the membership.

George W and Bonnie W Davis

May 20, 2019

To all the Harbour Ridge Board Members:

The cell tower approval has caused a great deal of division at Harbour Ridge and I am requesting that  you ALL reconsider the location of this tower.  This location will have a direct impact on some of the residents living within a close distance to the site.  You have chosen to ignore their plea and went ahead with your agenda and you were able to convince the County to grant you the approvals needed to erect the tower.  

As much as you might believe that this is a victory and you have the right to construct the tower, you have divided the community and you will lose the trust of the members at Harbour Ridge. The process you used to come to your decision on the cell tower was flawed.  Your survey to the membership was crafted to only ask for a choice on two locations and even at that most of the membership didn’t respond.  Also, you sent the survey to each resident and not to the family which made it appear as if most of the homesites approved.  Lastly, the survey never asked if the members wanted the cell tower.

Personally, my home is not affected by the site since it is not visible from my residence, but I don’t believe a segment of our community should have to bear the burden of this structure for the good of the majority of the other residence.  That is not fair and not the way most Harbour Ridge residents want their neighbors treated, particularly, when other sites could have been considered and used (Eagle Preserve!).  

It is obvious to me that you are regularly making important decisions that have a significant affect on the membership without allowing the membership discussion.  We are a community that should be allowed to participate in the major changes such as the cell tower, the opening of our own real estate business and the new rental requirements.  You had close to 50 focus meetings to discuss real estate and memberships over the winter but you limited them to 10 to 12 members.  If a member made important points against your presentation at those meetings it was only heard by the limited members attending that meeting.  No question in my mind you designed them to be small for that very reason.  At the April meeting, members’ questions were not properly answered and discussion was shut down and in some cases the member was told that they would talk further in private……without the full membership hearing that discussion.  

There was a blog last year that received a good deal of attention and participation from the membership but the person who set it up was told by the HR Board President it must be shut down and he did.  If you allowed the membership the same forum used when the Eagle Preserve was being discussed, members would be able to present and discuss their views openly.  Presently, it appears that the 695 residents are at the mercy of 11 residents who serve as Board members.  Please reconsider the cell tower location…….it is not fair to our neighbors who are directly affected by this tower being built in their space.

Respectfully submitted,

Janet McGuire   

May 17, 2019

Hello Tim

I realize that at the hearing the other night that the Harbour Ridge request for a permit to construct a cell tower adjacent to the parking lot was unanimously approved by the County Commissioners.  And I accept  that decision.

The purpose of this e-mail is to state my view that more than half of the members do not want the cell tower to be located next to the clubhouse. Recently,there has been a “groundswell” of opposition to this location.

Should not something this important  be officially voted on by the entire membership and not justified by a survey that was difficult for many members to find the attachment with the survey e-mail?  I believe that only a third of the members actually filled out the survey.

Rather than continue to divide our community with this location, I would hope that the Board would continue to try for a better location. It will take more time and patience, but in the process, you will bring the membership together and in the final analysis this is more important.

You have a most difficult “job” and I realize that you will never be  able to please everyone, but in my view we must continue to seek  a better location.  As I wrote above, I accept the decision, but I would be remiss if I did not advise you how a good many members feel.

Bob Weissman

May 17, 2019


To: ‘Michael Salerno’ <m.salerno@hrycc.org>; tpowers203@gmail.com

I was shocked to learn that a cell tower in the very center of club activity was approved by the St. Lucie governing body.  While I support a cell tower to improve our service, never in my dreams could I imagine that a municipal board would go along with the HR Board’s horrible judgement to place the tower within close range of many members homes and next to our beautiful club house.  This proposal now puts a very negative exclamation point on our valuable residential area and community in general that will be the new first and last impressions of future potential home owners.  This tower belongs on property near our maintenance area and should be the result of thoughtful negotiations with the Becker Road Developers.  The current proposal gives BRD’s all of the advantages at no cost.  Dumb!  We have waited a long time for this so please slow down and get it right.

Jim Pierson

May 16, 2019

To the Board of Harbour Ridge:

I just want to add my “not in favor” regarding the cell tower. It will impose an eyesore on some members of our community and I am against that. Imagine if they were putting it in your backyard, so you could stare at it from your lanai.

I heard the argument that the board doesn’t seek community approval when it considers water and sewer service questions so why should they take the feelings of the community into consideration on this matter. In my humble opinion, water and sewer questions do not generally contain the ability to negatively affect any member’s view.

It is also my understanding that the size of the tower has grown substantially since the inception of the tower matter. When we met to view the tower site near the clubhouse parking lot, I am almost sure it was to be approximately 30 feet high. It is my understanding that the current proposal now includes a tower some 60 to 90 feet high. Huge difference.

“Safety” has now been proposed as a primary reason for the tower. I would like to know how many people have been unable to obtain emergency services as a result of poor cell phone service. This is a new first for me.

It would seem that a number of people at Harbour Ridge are not in favor of the tower, certainly not in the location that has been selected. It also seems that the size of the project and the reasons have morphed into a monster tower for safety reasons instead of a small tower to improve cell reception.

It is my request that you re-survey the membership and proceed only if a clear majority approves.

In conclusion, I sat at lunch one day recently with a board member and a question was raised as to why the board wants to redo the four-way stop area. The director present said, “I am not at liberty to discuss that matter.” If the Board truly seek transparency, any item on the Board’s plate should be available for discussion. The response is not the way to engender support for the Board’s decisions.

Richard Clarke

May 7, 2019

Good morning Harbour Ridge Board of Directors and Club Management,

Due to the postponement of the Harbour Ridge variance request by the St. Lucie County Commissioners until Tuesday, May 14, we all have time to become better informed as to the real need of a 124 foot tower located near our “signature” clubhouse and both the positive and negative effects of such a structure, in the proposed location, on our community, our safety, lifestyle, property values, and overall wellbeing. The original poll, not vote, per the club email yesterday, was taken in 2005, 14 years ago. I think that everyone can and will agree that our cellular services and technology in general has changed significantly since that time and will continue to change and improve. I believe that the 2005 poll was referencing either the dog park or the maintenance area of Harbour Ridge and a site adjacent to the club house was on no one’s mind at the time of that poll or any subsequent polls regarding the subject of a tower. Most of us envisioned a tower the approximate height of a tall pine tree, not a 10-story building. With the delay in the hearing, I respectfully request that the board send a poll to the membership via email to get the current feelings of the community and members regarding the both serious and the long-term esthetic effects of this tower on the entire Harbour Ridge community. While this poll will not and should not be official, it will give both the board and the members an opportunity to be heard in 2019 and not 2005. I cannot argue that to have total phone coverage in the community would be a nice thing and would provide a layer of safety on the golf courses in the unlikely event of a major health issue in an area that has limited to no phone coverage. How many times in the last 2 years has there been a problem on the courses that security or help could not be summoned because of the sporadic cellular service? I don’t know and I don’t think that the membership knows. If the only reason to even consider the tower in the current proposed location is safety and security, please let the membership know how many times in recent years has this lack of service adversely affected someone. How long is our proposed contract with the agent for the tower (how long will it be there?) If people have poor service in their homes, that can easily be corrected within the home without a 10-story tower in close proximity to the clubhouse. There is an old saying that: “It’s okay to be wrong, but it’s not okay to stay wrong”. Until a quick poll is taken of the membership and the above questions answered, I personally think that the board and the management are wrong and are not looking at the technological changes that are on the horizon that will make this tower and the current cellular service obsolete in short order and we the membership will still have this eyesore to contend with. I and the community appreciate the board and the many hours that you spend trying to make Harbour Ridge a wonderful, sought after community. I personally think that you are wrong in pursuing this project and hope that you will reconsider going forward with this in its current, proposed location.

Sincerely, Ron Solomon