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. �'� 11/7/95(or_a\tower>ovx <br />ORDINANCE N0. 96- 22 <br />AN ORDINANCE OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, FLORIDA, <br />DECLARING A SIX-MONTH MORATORIUM ON THE <br />ACCEPTANCE OF APPLICATIONS FOR WIRELESS TELE- <br />COMMUNICATIONS TOWERS AND ON THE ISSUANCE OF <br />PERMITS AND APPROVALS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF <br />WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS TOWERS; PROVIDING <br />FOR EXCEPTIONS] SETTING FORTH EXPIRATION AND <br />EFFECTIVE DATES. <br />WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 1(f), Article VIII, of the Florida <br />Constitution and Chapter 125, Florida Statutes, Indian River County is <br />authorized and required to protect the public health, safety, and welfare and <br />may exercise any power for a governmental purpose except when expressly <br />prohibited by law; and <br />WHEREAS, pursuant to this authority and Section 163.3202, Florida <br />Statutes, Indian River County has enacted land development regulations <br />consistent with its adopted Comprehensive Plan which protect the quality of <br />life in Indian River County, and <br />WHEREAS, according to recent information provided by the news media, the <br />number of cellular antennas in the country could grow by more than six times, <br />from 18,000 to 115,000, by the end of the decade; and <br />WHEREAS, good land planning and concern for the quality of life in our <br />County dictate that such a massive number of tall structures not be placed <br />haphazardly or allowed in a greater number than need be, and <br />WHEREAS, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 makes it clear that, as long <br />as local zoning requirements satisfy certain conditions, the authority of <br />local governments over the placement, construction, and modifications of <br />wireless telecommunications towers ("towers") is neither limited nor <br />affected, and <br />WHEREAS, the County has only a limited number of potential sites which <br />would be acceptable for the installation of towers; and <br />WHEREAS, the County is cognizant of the need for modern communications <br />and for effective competition in the field and also desires that the County <br />residents receive adequate wireless telecommunications services, provided <br />that the facilities are designed and located to minimize safety and aesthetic <br />concerns; and <br />WHEREAS, information received from the industry and from other <br />governmental agencies that have studied current technology establishes that <br />towers can be designed and installed in ways that will minimize safety and <br />aesthetic concerns, and <br />