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Public restroom approved for beach in Palm Beach

PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The Town of Palm Beach has approved bathrooms at Midtown Beach by a 3-to-2 vote.

The decision by the town council was made after hours of public discussion and debate.

The bathrooms will go in the spot where the current lifeguards' hub is according to the council members.

The move will cost $175,000 to retrofit the current lifeguard facility which will be funded by donations from the community instead of taxpayer dollars.

Throughout the debate, Councilman Robert Wildrick had been strongly against putting in the restrooms at the beach, but, in a surprise move, he changed his mind and became the swing vote. "It was the right thing to do," Councilman Wildrick said.

Families at Midtown Beach were relieved when they heard the news on Tuesday because this means they won't have to change by the car or leave the beach to take their kids to a restroom.

Council members Michael Pucillo and Richard Kleid were in favor of the restrooms being placed at the beach for hygienic reasons and because it could lead to millions in state aid for future beach fills.

It could also mean some parking spaces would be eliminated on Clarke Avenue, according to Pucillo.

Council President David Rosow and Councilman William Diamond voted against the installation of the bathrooms.

There will be two restrooms installed, but a timetable was not released on how long the town has to raise the money or put in the restrooms.

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