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New Public Restrooms Are Popping Up Along Galveston’s Seawall

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Earlier this year, news spread stating that permanent public restrooms would be placed along the Galveston Seawall. At first, construction issues within the Seawall pushed back the restroom installation, but now, Chron.com reports that the first bathroom has been put into its place at 29th Street and Seawall Blvd (about half a mile from the Historic Pleasure Pier.)

The restroom, called a Portland Loo, is the first of five as part of a beautification project. The other locations will be installed at 19th, 39th, 45th and 61st streets. Portland Loos are known as the crème de la crème of public toilets due to their sleek design, plumbing, graffiti-resistant surfaces, and overall durability. But nice public bathrooms don’t come for free. Click2Houston says that each restroom costs $90,000, though the city has a budget of $6 million for the beautification project.

But tourists will have to wait a little longer for relief along the Seawall. The Portland Loo isn’t open quite yet. “We are as excited as the public is to see this project coming to a close,” said Jaree Fortin, PIO for City of Galveston told Chron.com. “And we are looking forward to the day when we can open these up to the public.”