The Astoria Column will not turn pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October this year. 

The Astoria Column will not turn pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October this year. 

Colin Murphey/The Daily Astorian

For the first time in five years, the Astoria Column will not glow pink in October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The City Council voted on Monday to deny the request from Columbia Memorial Hospital and the Friends of the Astoria Column, the nonprofit that maintains the landmark. City councilors opted instead to keep the Column lit with the usual white lights until the Friends finish developing a policy for how and when to light the Column.

The city had limited the use of colored light effects on the Column to twice a year — teal for sexual assault awareness in April and pink for breast cancer awareness in October. City councilors made an exception to the rule this year, allowing the Column to be lit with rainbow colors to honor local gay pride celebrations in June.

Around that time, the City Council asked the Friends to develop a lighting policy after the group offered to take over the work. Councilors remain divided about whether it makes sense to light the Column at all.

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