Beacon Bits: Blue Angels, business awards, and parking issues

The Blue Angels fly directly over North Beacon Hill during Seafair. Photo by Wendi.
The Blue Angels fly directly over North Beacon Hill during Seafair. Photo by Wendi.
It’s almost Seafair time, so it’s time to be prepared for the noise and distraction of Blue Angels flying directly over Beacon Hill.

Here’s the schedule of Angels’ practices and performances:

  • July 29: Blue Angels arrival
  • July 30: Blue Angels practice times:
    • 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • July 31-August 2: Blue Angels performances:
    • July 31: 1:20 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
    • August 1: 1:20 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
    • August 2: 1:20 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • August 3: Blue Angels depart

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Last week’s commentary by Frederica Merrell about small business owners and the planning process generated some interesting comments, including information about how local businesses can apply for the 2009 Mayor’s Small Business Awards, and discussion about how local businesses can get their concerns heard.

Neighbor Brook commented, “In most other neighborhoods, they’d get a fair say because at least some of them would be involved in an active neighborhood chamber of commerce that would contribute to planning, go after development grants, and such. I’m sure it’s a challenge in a neighborhood as diverse as ours, but everyone is losing out without an organization like that.” The Beacon Hill Blog has commented on this concern previously.

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In the BHB forum, Gracie P writes:

Has there been any discussion among folks about how to cope with the RPZ when going on vacation? We’re taking a road trip in one car, trying to figure out what will happen with the other one while we are gone… Yes, we could tackle the issue that multiple cars is a bit excessive, but we’d be in the same boat if we had one car and took link to SeaTac.

Not that it wasn’t illegal to leave a car for more than 72 hours before the RPZ, but… with actual parking patrols happening up here, we are realizing we can’t just blissfully leave a car on the street while we travel.

Have any ideas or suggestions for Gracie? Please post them in the Forum.

4 thoughts on “Beacon Bits: Blue Angels, business awards, and parking issues”

  1. Thanks for publishing the times. My household hates the Blue Angels. Time to run the fans & radios and keep all windows closed A friend sedates his dog. It sure feels like more than a weekend…

  2. I concur especially since they fly directly over my house that is at the top of the east side of the hill…for heaven’s sake I can see the distinct rivets in the planes. The entire house shakes and since it’s so old I always get a little concerned. I would definitely sign a petition to forgo the Blue Angels as a feature of SeaFair! What a waste of taxpayer $$ especially in the current climate!!

  3. Does anyone know how I can get involved in a petition to stop the Blue Angels? I’ve lived in the Seward Park neighborhood for 2 years and despise Seafair every year because of the Blue Angels. It’s 4 days of noise and air pollution as far as I’m concerned. Not to mention a drain on taxpayer money. My cats freak out every time they hear one of those stupid jets go over my home. It seems hypocritical for an “environmentally conscious” city like Seattle to put up with this year after year. What a headache (literally) and a waste of resources… Please someone let me know if there is any movement to end this tradition.. Thank you, Danny March

  4. Just moved to Seattle and experienced the Blue Angels for the first time. Once was enough. I’d be happy to join a movement to stop this. It’s outrageous.

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