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City officials dismantle illegal tower in Puerto Morelos

Puerto Morelos, Q.R. — In response to a citizen complaint, staff of the Puerto Morelos city council have removed a 20-meter tall antenna that was placed on the roof of a three-level residential building.

The antenna was removed from the building in the Villas la Playa subdivision after officials found it lacked permits. Members of fire and Civil Protection worked for more than four hours to disassemble and lower the heavy structure that was anchored in concrete bases. According to officials, the antenna belongs to a company that offers internet service, but they failed to approach the city to process permits for its placement.

Municipal coordinator of Civil Protection Guillermo Morales López explained that on March 13, a citizen complaint was received regarding the placement of the antenna, so an inspection visit was made to subsequently draw up the notification act, outlining the deadline for the owners to settle procedures with city council.

He added that the case was followed up on May 15 when the health emergency allowed it. A new act was drawn up and the structure closed after the expiration of the term to process the permit for the tower.

Morales López says the tower was dismantled not only because it lacked permits, but also because it posed a hazard due it irregular installation, noting that hurricane season is about to begin and the tower was installed without security protocols.

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