New restrooms could draw more tourists to Biloxi Beach - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

New restrooms could draw more tourists to Biloxi Beach

Posted: Updated:
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

By making bathroom breaks a little easier, the Coast Transit Authority hopes to create a tourism hotbed for a section of Biloxi beach. A new comfort station is going up on Highway 90 and Rodenburg Avenue. Wednesday, CTA met with contractors for a progress report.

Tourists are always welcome at Sharkheads Souvenir Shop even those who come in off the beach dripping wet and looking for a restroom.

"We have so many people coming in in their swimsuits, barefoot, sandy and that's a lot of clean up for the bathrooms," store employee Brittney Burt said.

When the Rodenburg Avenue comfort station opens, beach goers will be able to take bathroom breaks there instead of at nearby businesses. CTA officials said the comfort station could actually create an economic boost to the immediate area by attracting more tourists who may spillover into businesses.

"That area, it's going to be a big enhancement because there is a lot of foot traffic," said CTA Director Kevin Coggin. "A lot of tourists, a lot of hotels and restaurants. There is a lot of parking area. It's a high tourist area and that one is a really good location to build it and will be one of the highest used units that we have. Probably second to the Coliseum station."

Officials said so far the Coliseum, Courthouse Road, Jones Park and Long Beach Harbor comfort stations have proved much easier to maintain than the pre-Katrina facilities.

"The others had a lot of wood, a lot of siding on them. They were high maintenance," Coggin said. "We were continually having to spend money to renovate them every four or fives years."

Officials said going to fewer but better beachfront facilities in the long run will save a lot of money.

"We have five world class beach facilities down there now that will survive severe storms," Coggin said. "We won't have to keep spending the taxpayers' money to go down there every time there is a little tropical storm and do repairs. So being a lot more responsible with the taxpayers' dollars. "

CTA officials said the Rodenburg Avenue comfort station is slated to open in June.

Copyright 2013 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Dismembered human corpse identified, suspected killer in jail

    Dismembered human corpse identified, suspected killer in jail

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:10 AM EDT2014-09-16 10:10:09 GMT
    (WMC) - Investigators have identified the man whose head they found inside a black garbage bag after police believe he'd likely been dead for more than a week. Police say the victim has been identifiedMore >>
    Investigators have identified the man whose head they found inside a black garbage bag after police believe he'd likely been dead for more than a week.More >>
  • Ocean Springs mom warning parents about app

    Ocean Springs mom warning parents about app

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:00 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:00:09 GMT
    An Ocean Springs mom is sending a warning to South Mississippi parents. Katrina Johnson wants every parent to be aware of an app that she says is being used by many students to spread hate.More >>
    An Ocean Springs mom is sending a warning to South Mississippi parents. Katrina Johnson wants every parent to be aware of an app that she says is being used by many students to spread hate. Johnson discovered the posts last week, and she says what she read would make parents cringe.More >>
  • 'Party mansion' owner convicted of tax and healthcare fraud

    'Party mansion' owner convicted of tax and healthcare fraud

    Friday, September 12 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-09-12 16:38:35 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    A former Raleigh resident, known for the wild parties held at his “party mansion” in North Raleigh, was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for tax fraud, healthcare fraud and money laundering crimes, according to a United States Department of Justice release.More >>
    A former Raleigh resident, known for the wild parties held at his “party mansion” in North Raleigh, was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for tax fraud, healthcare fraud and money laundering crimes, according to a United States Department of Justice release.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.