DULUTH - Some Park Point beachgoers will be surprised this summer when their usual path to the water is blocked by a new radio tower.
It's happening on the 2100 block of Minnesota Avenue, behind the old Duluth Fire Hall, which was recently purshed by residents.
City of Duluth officials tell FOX 21 they're taking down the outdated radio tower, which was built in 1934, because it's dangerous. A stronger, modern tower is going up next door, which happens to be a path heavily used by beachgoers
But Joe Miller, the city's operation supervisor, says the new spot is the most cost-effective for taxpayers at roughly $250,000. Miller says if the city were to re-locate the tower, it would cost nearly three times that amount for things like researching how it would affect the nearby airport at the end of the point.
"Sooner or later, it's going to fall over. It's just getting too old to continue to stand, especially here on Park Point with the high winds. So from our perspective, it's just time to do something with it," Miller said.
Miller said the new tower will be free standing without cables holding it up, and there won't be any flashing light, which Miller says will be safer for birds flying in the area.