Bayfront Convention Center lights to honor Orlando victims

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Iconic towers throughout the nation and around the world are lighting up in support of the recent terrorist attack in Orlando, Fla., but many people wonder why Erie’s Bicentennial Tower is not following suit.

It appears old lights and lack of manpower are in the way of the lightning up the Bicentennial Tower at Dobbins Landing.

Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority Executive Director Brenda Sandberg said it takes eight hours of labor for an employee to climb the Bicentennial Tower and physically change each lightbulb.

“It usually takes two individuals to go up and it usually takes four hours to change over all the lighting we have to actually unscrew old lightbulbs, put new lightbulbs in with the right colors to go for whatever holiday or event we are honoring,” Sandberg said about the Bicentennial Tower.

But that doesn’t mean there will be no support displayed in Erie for the largest terror attack on American soil since Sept. 11.

The Bayfront Convention Center has updated its lighting system with new fiber optic technology that is controlled by a laptop.

The Bayfront Convention Center will be lit red, yellow, green and blue in honor of the LGBTpride flag and to support those lost in the Orlando tragedy beginning Tuesday night.

“So now with this new system and fiber optics, we have the capability of just changing these right from the computer system,” Sandberg said about the convention center lights. “So now it’s saving us on electricity and maintenance so it’s a lot easier for us.”

The lights at the Bayfront Convention Center will be lit until Thursday. 

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