The Southampton Village Board is considering a cell phone tower proposal that has the potential to bring the village $5 million over the course of 30 years. Suffolk Wireless is hoping to lease a 2,500-square-foot parcel for the construction of a "stealth" tower. The village would receive half of all revenues collected by Suffolk Wireless from cell phone service providers using the tower to bolster their service in the area. Service that, for anyone familiar with the East End during the summer months, can be abysmal.
While some dissenters will complain about the health risks associated with cell towers, we expect the biggest fight to be where the tower eventually ends up. Currently, Suffolk Wireless is considering Dune Beach, Cooper’s Beach and Flying Point Beach?all highly popular areas that are sure to inspire a very vocal opposition if they are selected.