PGA Tour halting construction on monopole adjacent to Bolles School


Following controversy over concerns regarding a recently constructed cell tower’s health safety, the PGA Tour has released a statement announcing its suspension. 

The monopole was recently relocated closer to the Bolles Lower School Ponte Vedra Beach Campus in conjunction with the PGA Tour’s construction of its new headquarters. Concerns from residents cited the possibility of frequencies emitted by the tower that could be dangerous for children, particularly from the possible switch to 5G. 

Kirsten Sabia, Vice President of Integrated Communications of the PGA Tour released the subsequent statement to the Ponte Vedra Recorder.

“Following conversations with the leadership of The Bolles School over the cell tower concerns last month, the PGA TOUR hit pause on the construction plans/activation for the tower in order to allow third-party experts (civil engineers and RF consultants) to revisit the process and determine if there are any other options that present themselves today that were not apparent when we began the permitting and subsequent approval two years prior. While there is a good chance no other viable option exists, we plan to leave no stone unturned and consider every possible solution moving forward. The findings are expected to be delivered in August of this year.

“As of last Friday, at the request of The Bolles School administration, we have agreed to a standstill through the 2019/2020 school year. The old cell tower that remains on PGA TOUR property, 200 yards away from the new tower, will remain active during that time. This decision is in light of numerous considerations including the impact of the development of the new PGA TOUR headquarters, our commitments to the county and the impact on the tower leases in place.”


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