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Re: [TowerTalk] Zoning question - Putnam County Florida

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Zoning question - Putnam County Florida
From: "Paul Christensen" <>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2011 10:07:18 -0500
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As Mickey states, there does not appear to be a specific regulation for 
Putnam County.  I would be very surprised if they did.  That area is one of 
the least regulated in the state.  Also, note that Florida has effectively 
codified PRB-1 into the state statutes at both the county and municipal 
level under two separate statutes.

Recall that when I was Director of Engineering for MediaOne, we had multiple 
community system headends with tower heights between 120-240 feet scattered 
all over Putnam County (Welaka, Crescent City, Palatka, Satsuma) -- and 
never experienced an issue.  However, when folks want CATV/broadband 
service, things seem to magically happen at the city and county level.  The 
county also provides for extended heights for multiple users on a common 

Fred's book is an excellent reference, but I suspect you won't require any 
complicated strategies once you connect with the right people.  If you 
purchase the property, I can assist in that.  Besides, I'm looking for 
property in North Florida to establish a remote site with control from 

Although I am an attorney, a standard disclaimer applies:  In no event will 
this correspondence create an attorney-client relationship without an 
express, written agreement between parties.

Paul, W9AC

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To: "Mickey Baker" <>; <>
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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Zoning question - Putnam County Florida

Excellent - I'll read those and proceed accordingly - many thanks!!!!!


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Mickey Baker
  Cc: ; TowerTalk
  Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2011 9:03 AM
  Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Zoning question - Putnam County Florida

  You can fnd the applicable Putnam County code here.

  There's also the Palatka city code on the municode site.

  A quick looks shows no regulation for antenna height at the County level, 
but some at the city level - check it out, it appears to exclude amateur 
radio towers.

  If you live in the unincorporated county, you will likely have no problems 
erecting a safely engineer (to Florida Building Code, which includes wind 
survivability to EIA RS 222 specific to your area!!)

  You'll have no problem in Palatka in a residential zoned area for < 50'.

  Florida statute guides the cities and counties. Here's a search result 
that contain the state statutes:

  I am not a lawyer, this is not legal advice, just amateur radio advice!


  Mickey N4MB

  On Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 2:07 AM, John W <> wrote:

    Hi Tony,

    Zoning regulations are created by the town, not by the county.
    Secondly, anything anyone tells you, through list or otherwise, is not 
    Even what the town zoning officer tells you might not necessarily be 
    The only valid source for this information is the town zoning 
regulations themselves.
    You should try and find the complete set of regulations online, or go to 
the town hall and buy a copy.
    You will then need to either spend a significant amount of time reading 
them, or else find an attorney experienced in these matters to help you.
    Also, I believe there is an reflector similar to this one specifically 
for zoning issues, but I can't remember the name off the top of my head.

    If you haven't decided on a specific town yet, then when you have 
narrowed down your preferences to a few towns, you should check the 
regulations in each town and choose the one that is the most conformant to 

    After reading the regulations, if you can't find anything restricting 
the height of non-commercial antenna support structures, then either you 
missed seeing the restriction because it was buried somewhere you didn't 
look, or else you have been lucky enough to find a town that has no 
restriction. (There are still a few such towns left in the USA, although 
their number is dwindling. If you find one, buy a house there and put up 
some antennas!)

    Also, you should probably buy the book "Antenna Zoning for the Radio 
Amateur" by Fred Hopengarten.
    It will help you with your permit application if you need to file one, 
and chances are that you will need to file one.

    73 & GL,


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    I'm thinking of buying a home in Putnam County Florida - is anyone 
familiar with the tower
    zoning regulations down there?



    Tony Rogozinski
    Amateur Radio W4OI - W4AMR - HK1AR - HK1AR/4
    OJ0/N7BG, CN2BG, 5V7BG, TY5AR
    HK0/HK1AR and many others
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