A new cell tower disguised as a flagpole has been constructed by Verizon on Sanibel Island, located in Florida. Most residents are welcoming to the addition, as a lot of them do not have landlines, making poor wireless service a hazard. According to CaptivaSanibel.com, “There are definitely more people on Sanibel now who have given up their landlines, but that’s not unique on Sanibel. The problem that some islanders experienced was a lack of reception and no other means to contact the outside world, which became problematic if they worked from home or needed to make an emergency phone call.”

The property where the tower is located is owned by the City of Sanibel. An important question is whether the City has received an optimal lease for the use of their land to house the telecom equipment. Vertical Consultants can work to negotiate terms that establish rights that are beneficial to the landowner while limiting the obligations that same party may have under that same agreement, or more to the point get the most and give up the least. A property owner’s first step will need to be to establish “True Value” of its site and go from there.