Dim the Lights and Help the Bats: Why Your Outdoor Lighting Matters

Evenings are a beautiful time to relax on the patio or enjoy a cup of coffee on your porch. But the bright lights we use for security and ambiance can have unintended consequences for our nocturnal neighbors – bats.

Bats are fascinating creatures that play a vital role in our ecosystem. They're incredible insectivores, consuming vast quantities of mosquitoes, moths, and other flying insects that can be bothersome or even harmful to humans.

Unfortunately, the bright lights we use around our homes can disrupt bat activity in several ways:

  • Disrupted Night Vision:  Unlike the image of a blind bat, most bat species have good eyesight, but it's adapted for low-light conditions. Bright lights can be disorienting and make it difficult for them to navigate and hunt effectively.
  • Delayed Emergent Time: Bats are most active at night, emerging from their roosts to feed after dusk.  Bright lights near roosting areas can delay their emergence, reducing their foraging time.
  • Habitat Abandonment: In extreme cases, persistent bright lights can make an entire area unusable for bats. They may abandon roosts altogether, seeking darker areas for raising their young and resting.

Simple Solutions for a Bat-Friendly Environment 
There are some easy steps you can take to minimize the impact of your outdoor lighting on bats:

  • Use Motion-Sensor Lights:  These lights only turn on when they detect movement, providing security while minimizing unnecessary light pollution.
  • Shield Your Lights:  Choose fixtures that cast light downwards, preventing it from spilling out into the surrounding environment.
  • Use Warmer Light Bulbs:  Cooler, blue-toned lights are more disruptive to wildlife. Opt for bulbs with a warmer color temperature, like yellow or orange.
  • Reduce Light Intensity:  Consider using lower wattage bulbs or dimming existing lights where possible.

By making small changes to your outdoor lighting, you can create a more bat-friendly habitat. Remember, a healthy bat population helps control insect pests and contributes to a balanced ecosystem in your backyard.

Together, we can help bats continue their valuable work while still enjoying the beauty of our outdoor spaces at night!

SeaTac Prepares for Additional TOD Projects Around Angle Lake Station

Over a decade ago, the City of SeaTac set the wheels in motion for transit-oriented development (TOD) in the Angle Lake Station area, aiming to leverage the existing light rail station and major commercial road [1]. This prime location is ideal for high-density housing projects.

One specific area poised for transformation is the former "The Firs" mobile home park, situated directly south of the Angle Lake Station on International Boulevard, next to the International House of Pancakes (IHOP).

Plans surfaced last fall proposing a mixed-use development on this vacant land at 20446 International Blvd. This proposal hinges on a zoning change from the city, which recently issued a determination of non-significance under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).

Local hospitality investors own the roughly 6.5-acre, L-shaped property. UIL Architects, on their behalf, formulated a plan to section the property into new development parcels on the northeast and west sides.

The northeast portion, facing South 204th Street, could potentially house a seven-story apartment building with 85 units and a parking structure with 157 stalls.

Meanwhile, the western section on International Boulevard could see the construction of a seven-story, 160-room hotel with a surface parking lot offering 234 spaces.

Nestled within the former Firs property, behind the IHOP and Sleep Inn, lies a separate vacant lot at 20406 International Blvd. This nearly 2-acre property is under separate ownership by DevCo and Heartland Construction. While a seven-story, 155-unit apartment building was once envisioned for this space, Peak Commercial Partners recently listed it for sale at $5 million.

With the zoning change seemingly on the horizon, the possibility exists that the owners of The Firs may put their northeast parcel on the market. This could pave the way for a single developer to undertake both apartment projects concurrently. 

Source: 2013 Commissioned Study for recommended TOD planning.

Good Things Come To Those Who Bait!

Howdy, neighbors! Sharpen your hooks and dust off your tackle boxes because Saturday, May 4th is the day for our community BBQ and fishing extravaganza you won't want to miss!

Here's the scoop:

  • Date: Saturday, May 4th
  • Time: 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Get that sunrise start!)
  • Location: Angle Lake Manor Beach Lot on 3417 S. 194th St. 
  • Flyer: MORE DETAIL HERE

Reel in the Fun:

  • Fishing Rivalry: Test your skills to see who catches the longest fish! Prizes will be awarded in several age-related categories. (Must present a valid fishing license when measuring)
  • Delicious BBQ: All you can eat BBQ lunch is included with your ticket purchase. Come hungry!
  • Raffle Extravaganza: Every ticket holder is automatically entered into a drawing for fantastic raffle prizes!

Tickets:

Join the Fun!

This is a fantastic opportunity to spend a morning outdoors with your neighbors, enjoy some delicious food, and maybe even win a prize, too. It's the perfect event for the whole family!

Spread the Word!

Let your fellow fishing fanatics and BBQ enthusiasts know! Share this post and help us make this event a splashing success!

Gear Up for Some Serious G-Forces and Good Times

UPDATE: City officials have announced that they have been unable to locate any property owners who could produce a deed of title proving their frontage lot lines extend below the high water mark. Therefore, it is confirmed that the lakebed and waters up to the high water mark are recognized as public waters held in trust by the State of Washington. Consequently, the earlier decision to deny the park permit for race operations to the Seattle Outboard Association has been rescinded, and a weekend conditional use permit will be granted, as was previously allowed.
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Attention all thrill seekers and aviation enthusiasts! Mark your calendars! The iconic U.S. Navy Blue Angels together with the amazing Airforce Thunderbirds with be tearing up the skies over Angle Lake during the heart pounding Frank Hansen Memorial Regatta Hydroplane races hosted by Seattle Outboard Association. Mark your calendars for September 7th and 8th for this high-octane spectacle that combines the roar of the hydroplanes with the awe-inspiring precision of the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds!

That's right, get ready for a weekend of double the excitement as the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds perform their awe-inspiring low ceiling aerial maneuvers alongside the high-speed spectacle of the j-series hydroplane races. And the fun doesn't stop there! Seafair is returning as a prime sponsor of the weekend event and will be bringing back all your favorite elements.

Mingle with the wacky and wonderful Seafair Clowns who’ll be spreading smiles throughout the event, grab a bite from a variety of delicious food trucks, and enjoy a soundtrack of all-day live music on stage to keep the energy pumping. And on Saturday Night, the Shore Club will be producing a most amazing fireworks display launched from three separate locations on the lake, fired in unison for a pyrotechnic show not seen since Independence Day 2022.

Whether you're a die-hard hydroplane fan or simply looking for an unforgettable family outing, it's a weekend for the whole family and one that you won’t want to miss. So mark your calendars now for your chance to witness the magic of this Seafair Community Event! 

(Post Script: This article is an April Fools Joke)

Additional Comment from the Author: While the above post was created in the spirit of tricking the reader with fake news on April Fools Day, except for the Blue Angles and Thunderbirds flying overhead, imagine what a marquee event this could have eventually evolved into for the City of SeaTac and the region had it not been for a few selfish, short-sighted malcontents who opposed the idea. 

Replace the air show with Touch a Truck to bring more families to the park, increase the variety of food trucks, add all day music, and offer bouncy houses and games to keep families at the park throughout the day and what could have been created is a world class event offered to the residents of SeaTac and our neighbors throughout the South Sound area. But alas, it is now all for not. The Will of the select few has won out.

The comments above are solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Angle Lake Shore Club Board or it's members. Click the following link to revisit our past April Fools Posts: 

https://anglelakesc.blogspot.com/p/a-decade-of-playing-fool.html

An Angle Lake Resident Requests Your Support

The following letter was written by an Angle Lake resident and Shore Club member and requested that it be posted on our ALSC blog site. Any comments or questions relating to this article may be sent to anglelakesc@gmail.com and shall be forwarded to Josh. 
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My name is Josh Sweet and I have the privilege of being an Angle Lake resident, my family and I call the city of SeaTac home.

Many in our community may already be aware, the 4th of July fireworks celebration on Angle Lake is in jeopardy.  This week the SeaTac Blog published an online article noting that a complaint was filed with the city, specifically regarding the annual hydroplane races.  Unfortunately, the city’s legal interpretation of the referenced court ruling is being applied broadly due to fear of potential litigation and the fireworks show became collateral damage.

SeaTac Parks and Recreation is moving forward with $40,000 in funding to provide an aerial drone show in lieu of the long-standing tradition of supporting the fireworks display, which is also funded jointly by donations from the Angle Lake community.

The annual fireworks display, and 4th of July celebration is a mainstay of summer in SeaTac, drawing over 8,000 attendees in 2023, this event was a key factor in my family choosing to live on Angle Lake. In speaking with my neighbors who have been residents on and around Angle Lake since the 1950’s, they don’t recall a time in which 4th of July didn’t include a fireworks celebration apart from 2020/2021 due to Covid restrictions, it would be such a shame to see the celebration be diminished and fizzle out.

This event brings family, friends, and our broader community together and my ask to everyone is to sign and share our online petition; let’s come together and let the City of SeaTac know that we want the tradition of 4th of July fireworks on Angle Lake preserved and we are counting on the city’s sustaining contribution.

With thanks,

Josh Sweet
Angle Lake neighbor

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The content in this guest post does not necessarily reflect the views of the Shore Club Board or it's many members.