Timing of beach restroom’s closure is astonishing
by GEOFF PAGE, Point Loma
Published - 08/05/09 - 05:48 PM | 3303 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I was running at the beach yesterday and discovered the restroom facility between Towers 3 and 4 in Ocean Beach completely fenced off and a series of Port-a-Johns set up outside.  I asked a city worker what happened and was astonished at the answer.  Apparently, a city engineer inspector looked at the building and condemned it in July, in the middle of the summer season when it is needed the most.  I cannot express the depth of my disappointment and anger at this city’s inability to serve the basic needs of its citizens.  There was no need to condemn the building now.

 The city worker I spoke with seemed to believe there was a problem with the roof and the city engineer felt it was in danger of collapse.  Any competent contractor with some 1” plywood, beam material, 6x6 wood columns and some miscellaneous tie lumber could make the building safe and usable in a matter of days, at least until the summer season is over. 

Some years ago, they put an entire second story on the Fashion Valley Mall while the first level of the mall continued to operate.  I think if that was possible, the city should be capable of temporaily mitigating whatever concerns that engineer had so that San Diegans and the visiting tourists don’t have to put up with this completely unnecessary inconvenience.  What a picture of beautiful Ocean Beach: a condemned, fenced-off beach restroom building right on the beach that the tourists come to enjoy.

 Someone needs to step up and remedy this stupidity.  
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