SPRING LAKE — The borough council heard from two members of the public with recommendations about public facilities Tuesday night — a business owner who spoke on the need for public restrooms and a resident who expanded on an earlier call for solar panels to heat the Spring Lake pools.
Mark Dolan, owner of the Driftwood Coffee House on Third Avenue, told the council how his business is being affected by the lack of publicly available bathrooms downtown.
Mr. Dolan, a Sea Girt resident, said he often has to deal with people coming into his Spring Lake cafe and either using his bathroom without purchasing anything, or taking his attention away from his customers to ask about where they could find a bathroom or if they could use his.
The problem is worse during the summer due to the higher number of visitors, he said.
“I’m being impacted because the only public bathroom that’s in town is on the other side of town,” said Mr. Dolan, referencing the bathrooms in the police station and in Duggan Hall.
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