Old Orchard Beach considering public restroom use fees

Posted June 21, 2011, at 9:36 a.m.
Last modified June 21, 2011, at 11:10 a.m.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine — Officials in Old Orchard Beach are considering charging people who need to use the ocean-side community’s three public restrooms.

The Town Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a proposed 25- or 50-cent fee to use the facilities on Milliken Street, West Grand Avenue and in Memorial Park.

Town Manager Jack Turcotte said that in the past two years the town has paid more than $52,000 to repair vandalism in the restrooms. The money would pay for attendants.

But owners say they’re concerned the fees would make the town less tourist-friendly.

Turcotte said the town has charged for the use of the facilities in the past, but stopped over concerns of making the community unfriendly for tourists.

 

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