New porta potties bring mixed feelings from residents

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Myra Elizondo was on the Island with her children and grandchildren throwing wet sand on each other while the ebb and flow of the high tide kept crashing in.

They were enjoying the beach on a sunny afternoon when suddenly one of the kids said, “Grandma, I need to go to the bathroom.”

Elizondo, 42, from Mercedes said she walked her grandchild only a few feet away to a “porta potty” near by.

“Most of the time porta potties are really dirty but these are really clean and they didn’t smell,” Elizondo said. “They are convenient for parents that have small children who are potty trained. Now there is somewhere you can take them.”

Four porta potties have been anchored into the sand between beach access 1 and 21.

The outdoor restrooms have been available since April.

They were recommended by the city’s Shoreline Task Force and the Town Council approved the recommendation and the money to pay for them.

The service is provided by A Clean Portoco, a restroom service company from the Valley.

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