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Portable toilets coming to Surfer’s Beach

Three-way deal brings relief, temporarily

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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:59 am | Updated: 11:02 am, Thu Jun 13, 2013.

The city of Half Moon Bay, the San Mateo County Harbor District and KN Properties have struck a deal to erect portable toilets near Surfer’s Beach. The facilities will be paid for and maintained by the city and should be in place in time for a pair of city-sponsored surfing camps this summer.

Those at the Harbor Commission’s June 5 meeting all seemed to agree that a restroom was sorely needed in the area. Some, including Midcoast Community Council members Bill Kehoe and Lisa Ketcham, complained that the portable toilets were only a temporary solution and that opening the fixed restrooms at the adjacent recreational vehicle park would be a better long-term answer.

Commissioner Sabrina Brennan noted that the rest-rooms were built in 1972 and had been open to the public prior to a lease of the property with KN Properties. Since then, she said, beachgoers “use the willows when the need becomes urgent.”

Harbor Executive Director Peter Grenell resolved to visit the property and make sure the restrooms were open to paying customers of the RV park per the lease agreement.

Grenell hinted that the toilets may remain after the surf camps are over.

“We’re prepared to be flexible,” he said. “The city might decide to keep them there year-round.”

City officials, however, said last week that there are no plans to keep the toilets in place after the city-sponsored surfing camps are finished.

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