Angel Island’s glowing again 

Angel Island’s December lights are glowing again after last year’s fire flipped the switch for the first time in more than 50 years.

The new solar-powered lights send out a 360-degree beacon to the Bay “dot-dash” then “dot-dot” -- Morse code for “AI,” or Angel Island.

The Angel Island Association first lit the lights on December 3 following its annual fundraiser with more than 140 sponsors and donors.

However, neighbors complained they were brighter than before, so they were turned off to make them dimmer, according to the association.

The association has posted on its Web site that they know the feelings are mixed so they’d appreciate feedback.

“Although saddened that the old lights were destroyed, some are thrilled that we ‘turned lemons into lemonade’ and were able to create a ‘green’ alternative to the old lights. Some miss the fact that the old lights were powered by the former Nike Missile control system, loving the cold war to peace and hope transition … Others find the blinking of the lights distracting and even annoying.’’

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