SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - City Commissioners first started to consider building public restrooms in St. Armands Circle back in 2018, but they finally have a decision.
Monday night, they approved a proposal to build three new, unisex public restrooms in the western median closest to Lido Beach.
The St. Armands Business Improvement District, also known as the B.I.D, decided on a classic look to blend in with St. Armands.
Now that this design has been approved by City Commissioners, the Business Improvement District can start the permitting process and will hire a general contractor.
While the B.I.D. is footing the estimated $380,000 bill to build these three, single stall restrooms, the City will be tasked with maintaining them.
This will cost an additional $66,000 each year from the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.
“A public restroom facility has been the top priority for the visitors of St. Armands Circle for many years now and we want to be able to provide a clean, safe and accessible space for the public to be able to use the facilities," said Brandy Wiesner, Operations Manager for the St. Armands Business Improvement District.
If everything else goes as planned, the B.I.D has scheduled construction to begin this summer and it will be complete this upcoming October.