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Restrooms Available to Public at Harbormasters Office Through October

Restrooms Available to Public at Harbormasters Office Through October

Annapolis, MD (6-8-12) Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen announced that restrooms in the Harbormaster building are now available to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through October 15.

“With an estimated 4 million visitors annually, and a large number of those visitors coming to Annapolis during the summer months, the City is glad to provide our guests with restroom accommodations,” Mayor Cohen said. “This year’s busy summer agenda at City Dock will culminate with the U.S. Boat Shows ending on October 15. The City looks forward to hosting a number of diverse, historic, and maritime events helping to add to Annapolis’ enduring appeal. I would like to personally thank Harbormaster J.P. “Flip” Walters for his guidance in coordinating this effort that will benefit both locals and visitors alike.”

This action is the result of a Citizen Committee to Review Alcohol Beverage Laws (CCRABL) recommendation and received a 15,000 budget appropriation in FY12 and FY13. By virtue of the Harbormaster’s Office now being open 24 hours, the additional income from boater fees collected at night will offset the cost of keeping the restrooms open.

 “As a member of the Committee and President of the Annapolis Business Association I am pleased with the City’s decision to offer these accommodations,” Sean O’Neill said. “Restaurant owners have been requesting additional downtown restroom facilities for some time, and this show of support is greatly appreciated.” 

The Harbormaster building is located at 1 Dock Street in Annapolis, MD 

“Residents have long noted that late night guests of our hospitality industry lack facilities after the bars close,” Ward One Resident Association President and former member of the committee Joe Budge said.  “In reviewing the situation with restaurant owners in the CCRABL study, we identified several opportunities.  Residents and industry alike are delighted that the City is beginning to implement our recommendations to resolve the situation.”