New Showers, Changing Stations and Restrooms Planned for Oceanfront

The new facility will be built this winter near existing public restrooms at 2nd Street.

rendering of new shower facilitiesThis much needed amenity at the south end of the Boardwalk is going to be the architectural model for new Oceanfront restrooms over the next several years. This first phase of the $2.2 million capital improvement project to upgrade Resort Area restroom facilities will have shower stalls with changing stations and surfboard lockers and carries a price tag of $174,000. It will be built on City property next to the Boardwalk ramp. 

There are public restrooms located on 2nd, 17th, 24th, 30th and 31st streets with portable restrooms filling in the gaps. Later phases of the project will include renovating existing restrooms and constructing up to three new 400-square-foot facilities to better serve all 40 blocks of the resort with clean, modern restrooms, and more shower and foot washes. The plan is for all of them to also appear architecturally similar to create a recognizable presence in the Resort area. Five potential sites are being explored, and will be subject to community input before planning and construction begin.

Money for the project comes from the City’s Tourism Investment Program fund which is comprised of dedicated taxes generated by tourism industry partners (hoteliers, restauranteurs and entertainment venues) imposed specifically to help pay for tourism-related projects. 

Logically, day-trippers are more likely to stay for dinner and entertainment after a day in the water if they have a place to wash and change. If they stay longer and spend more, it would add to the $59.6 million in tourism revenue that went toward general government and schools in FY2019 – funds that pay for residents’ enhanced quality of life and help keep taxes low by adding funding for essential City services like police, fire, emergency medical, schools, stormwater and roads.

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