Residents on the north bank are reportedly upset about the bright lights coming from two buoys set in the north channel of the James River as it approaches a dam on the north side of Williams Island.
The buoys are there to warn boaters of the nearby dam, which is in place to divert water from the James into the City of Richmond Water Purification Plant.
The homes are situated on a bluff in a the pricy neighborhood overlooking the James River above uninhabited Williams Island, which is across from Pony Pasture Rapids on Riverside Drive.
There are two buoys on the south side of Williams Island as well, positioned to warn boaters of the Z-Dam. Those buoys are apparently not lighted. All four buoys were put in place by the Department of Public Utilities, which is in charge of the two dams and the 100-acre Williams Island.
Solution to the “bright buoys” problem? There are plenty of golf balls to be found along the north bank of Williams Island. Maybe the residents need to improve their aim?