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Compromise possible on utility tower

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LAND O' LAKES (FOX 13) -

So many people have used the argument, it now has it's own acronym -- NIMBY, or not in my back yard.

When people living in the Sunset Lakes subdivision saw construction equipment working at the entrance to their neighborhood, some were tempted to make the NIMBY argument.

"The argument of not in my back yard wouldn't float," said Sunset Lakes homeowners association president Al Marano. "We were just hoping it wasn't going to be in my front yard."

Marano is worried about a new 275-foot-tall communications tower Progress Energy started building within a stone's throw of the neighborhood's front gate.

"Typically we see these structures located more toward commercial sectors."

Indeed, the tower Progress wants to replace is located at the corner of U.S. 41 and State Road 54, which is heavily commercialized.

"We don't have a problem with the tower. What we have is a problem with the placement."

Residents want Progress to relocate the tower to the southern edge of a 20-acre tract of land owned by the company. The willingness to accept the tower, at least in their back yards, may have worked with Progress.

"The project has been suspended. It's under internal review," according to Progress spokesman Rob Sumner. "We are aware of the concerns of residents."

The utility company hopes to have a new tower up by December. Sumner said it would decide whether to relocate the project within the next several weeks.

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