City officials disguise cell phone tower as a tree

- After multiple complaints about spotty reception by local residents in the Palm Coast area, the city council came up with a unique plan to correct the problem.

The city decided to create a cell phone tower disguised as a tree.

Many residents have said the new tower is odd and it reminds them of a bottle brush.

However, other residents have expressed they don’t care what the tower looks like, they’re just happy to finally have cell phone reception.

“I think that's a great idea for people that don't get service and from what I understand it's going to look like a pine tree so I think that's great,” said Debbie Mele who lives in the area.

There are plans to put the 150-foot tree-looking cell tower called a "monopine" up near the library on Palm Coast Parkway. The city hopes it will blend in with the tall pine trees in the area.

The city wants to lease the land for $24,000 a year with a 3% increase every year for 5 years to the towers 4 wireless carriers.

“Really the whole goal is to provide the services to residents. Data has become even bigger on the cell side, this again will hopefully alleviate any drops in coverage we've been having,” said IT Director Steve Viscardi.

The city is expected to approve the plan at their next meeting sometime next week. 

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