Mayor: No Public Restrooms on Ship Bottom Beaches

‘A Promise Is a Promise’
By Gina G. Scala | Oct 30, 2019

Ship Bottom — Ship Bottom officials are looking at more permanent solutions to address the need for access to public restroom facilities in the gateway community to Long Beach Island, which historically sees most day-tripping beachgoers during the busy summer season.

“Not on the dunes or the beaches,” Mayor William Huelsenbeck said in response to concerns from residents after a suggestion at the Oct. 22 council meeting about placing next-generation mobile restrooms on the flat part of some oceanfront beaches.

Huelsenbeck said the borough and other agencies promised oceanfront homeowners who signed over easements for beach replenishment work there would be no boardwalk or bathrooms built on the beaches. He hasn’t forgotten the pledge that was made.

“A promise is a promise,” he said. “There will be no bathrooms on the beaches or dunes.”

Still, he said increasing access to public restrooms is a good conversation to have. Currently, the borough provides access to public bathroom facilities at town hall, the boat dock, the bay beach and a next-generation mobile restroom facility on Sixth Street near the tennis and pickleball courts.  G.G.S.

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