Port-A-Potty Problems at Lighthouse Beach

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–Instead of soaking up the sun and fresh air, beach goers at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven say they’re facing a downright nasty situation.

Bathrooms there have been closed for weeks, and Port-A-Potties are reeking out in the hot sun.

“It smells awful out here,” said beach goer John Marullo. “Unfortunately we have a lineup of port-a-potties. No working bathrooms here.”

It’s been a complaint that for over two weeks, the port-a-potties had to be used as both a bathroom and a changing room in a popular section of the beach at New Haven’s Lighthouse Point.

“I went to change, and went in the bathroom, and saw doo-doo stains on the door, on the toilet. There was pee everywhere.” said Keipha Brown. “I couldn’t do it.”

For 65 years, Bill Miller has been walking the beach daily and has been keeping a close eye on the situation.

“They brought in a company. They surveyed it last week. Then, they said they were going to come in and fix it, Miller said. “The machine actually came in yesterday.”

Yet, still no working bathrooms, unless you walk to the other side near the carousel, which is almost a quarter of a mile. Miller said this could be problematic for handicapped people and parents with little ones.

“It’s very unsanitary. There’s children here. There are camps. This is not the right way to do it,” Miller said.

News 8 went to the city of New Haven to find out what the hold up was. City representatives said they were just made aware on Monday. But many of the beach regulars say they’ve been calling.

“I would say the city asks park visitors to be patient, and to understand that some of these systems are very old,” said Laurence Grotheer, Director of Communications for the city of New Haven.

“It’s probably right now, a four hour job,” Miller said. “If they would put people on the job.”

The city reached out to News 8 early Tuesday afternoon, saying that the problem would be fixed before Friday, July 4.

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