FCC Reduces Tower Fencing Fine Due To Gator-Filled Swamp
February 1, 2007 at 11:27 AM (PT)
A RADIO COMPANY INC. gets the FCC to reduce its fine for antenna enclosure, public file, and power violations at its WEGA-A/VEGA BAJA, PR from $15,000 to $14,000. The licensee pointed out in its petition for reconsideration that one of the towers that was not effectively surrounded by a locked enclosure was instead surrounded by a foot-deep swamp filled with alligators, leeches, and runoff from a sewage treatment plant. The Commission agreed that the swamp created a semi-permanent barrier to tower access but noted that the swamp did not totally bar access, citing an engineer's report that the station's ground radial system was missing and may have been stolen.
The Commission also fined FLAGSHIP COMMUNICATIONS $3,500 for public file and antenna ownership change notification violations at WNWF-A/DESTIN, FL and fined the operators of seven FM translator $1,500 each for late license renewal filings while nevertheless granting the renewals.