BREAKING NEWS: Possible re-hearing on tower case on Monday BoA agenda [UPDATED]

UPDATE: The Sussex County Board of Adjustments this week again rejected a request for a rehearing from opponents of a planned AT&T communications tower near Bethany Beach. Pick up next week's issue of the Coastal Point for more on this story.

The Sussex County Board of Adjustment announced this week that the agenda for its Monday, Jan. 4, meeting, set for 7 p.m. in the County Council Chambers, County Administrative Office Building, Georgetown, will include a request for a re-hearing on Case No. 10491 – the special exception previously granted to AT&T for a 100-foot-tall communications tower east of Route One and north of Jefferson Bridge Road, near Bethany Beach.

The re-hearing has been requested by attorney Rob Witsil on behalf of property owners in the neighboring Sea Pines Village community, who argued that the notice provide to the public about the September hearing on the special exception was flawed, since it did not provide mailed notification to all property owners within 200 feet of the site and since the physical posting of the notice that normally goes on the property in question was placed on an adjacent property.

The SPV HOA and other opponents have requested to provide additional evidence and testimony in the case that they say they could not provide given they learned about the hearing just a few days beforehand.

Pamela Scott, attorney representing AT&T in the case, in a response to the request for rehearing, this week said the request should be denied, as the board had already considered a request for a rehearing before making its 3-2 decision in favor of AT&T and had denied that request on the grounds that proper notice had been given.

Pick up the Jan. 15 edition of the Coastal Point or visit the Web site at next week for more on this story.