Council approves portable potty plan

Special to the PRESS

The South Padre Island City Council considered action on the issue of restroom solutions for beachgoers during a meeting last Wednesday. Shoreline Management Director Brandon Hill provided a review of the recommendations approved in a joint meeting between Council and the Shoreline Task Force held on Sept. 26. The recommendations included moving forward with plans for a permanent facility at White Cap Circle, placement of portable restrooms at three locations on the beach during peak seasons, and a proposal for year round facilities to be placed in the cul-de-sacs of nine additional beach accesses.

The locations were chosen for their accessibility by service trucks, as well as availability of parking space, Hill said.

He estimated it will cost $168,060 a year to service a total of 20 portable restrooms at those locations.

“One thing I like about what you’re proposing is that it gives us a solution — an acceptable solution right now — for not a lot of money, and it buys you some time to evaluate other options,” commented Council member Theresa Metty.

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