by Janine Stanwood
November 27 2012
Pembroke Pines Passes
to Warn Residents of Health
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla.
city of Pembroke Pines wants
its residents to know that cell phones could be dangerous and linked
A newly-passed resolution was inspired
by a resident who believes his brain tumor was caused by his mobile
"A lot of scientific data has to be
done with it and the ordinance is kind of generic but it makes
people aware," said Pines mayor Frank Ortis.
Pines resident Jimmy Gonzalez had tumors
removed in his brain above his left ear, his left hand, and near his
All places where he said his phone was
pressed for long periods of time.
"I kept getting headaches," Gonzalez
said. "One day I realized I hold my cell phone with the same
hand, up against this ear and when I was done, I would put it in
to these pockets."
Gonzalez spoke before the Pines City
commission last month to encourage them to consider the resolution,
which passed unanimously.
Unlike an ordinance, the resolution does not impose rules nor issues
fines for non-compliance.
Part of the resolution encourages people to send texts or emails if
possible, and asks people to keep phones at least an inch from their
"I think that could be good," said
one Pines resident Monday night.
But the idea of a city asking residents
to behave a certain way did not sit well with everyone.
"I think that's crossing the line,"
said resident Shelly Grocher.
Ortis said the city can't legislate
human behavior, but encourages everyone to be informed.
In May, the
World Health Organization reported that there could be a
risk of cancer due to cell phone use.
"We worry about all aspects of life
in our great city," Ortis said.