Residents in Clinton, Washington are in protest over the possibility of a new cell tower proposed for the Port of South Whidbey. The telecom giant, AT&T, is only in the submittal phase for the cell phone tower and residents are already attempting to block the progress. One citizen even offered to purchase the land from the Port in an in effort to prevent construction. According to South Whidbey Record, “The Monmas offered to purchase the land of the proposed site from the Port in December 2012 to keep it as a public use park. Their offer was denied in favor of leasing the property to AT&T. The tower is intended to improve cell phone coverage in the area.”
Did the city of Clinton receive a fair proposal for the use of port property to house the cell tower? What is the true value to the tower company for the use of the port’s land? Vertical Consultants has worked with all types of property owners, including municipalities, who are being paid below-market value for the use of their property. The primary reason for this is the lack of information and representation provided for these entities. Ample information and representation from a true landowner advocate are key factors these industries need in order to optimize the use of their properties. Vertical Consultants has made its mission to provide our clients the data they need. While telecom companies have professionals on their side who know the true value of every tower site they control, property owners should have advocates working for them determining options to optimize their telecom assets.