Avoiding a Hep A Crisis in Encinitas

 Swami's Beach

Swami's Beach

No one really likes talking about porta potties, but we spend our Wednesday discussing the initial feedback on our porta potty program. We currently have five porta potties at Swami's, Moonlight, Leucadia Roadside Park, the Senior & Community Center and at the lower City Hall parking lot. Our agenda item was geared at extending the funding for the porta potties and potentially adjusting the location.

 Senior & Community Center

Senior & Community Center

 Moonlight Beach

Moonlight Beach

In the face of a county wide Hepatitis A crisis, I am proud that Mayor Blakespear took the lead on getting porta potties installed in our city. The lack of facilities and hand washing stations has been cited as one of the biggest reasons the Hep A outbreak in San Diego was not stopped early. So installing these facilities throughout our city is important for the health and safety of our residents. 

 City Hall, Lower Lot

City Hall, Lower Lot

The locations seem to be working well and I have received several emails thanking us for the porta potties in convenient locations. However, a resident did as for the Leucadia Roadside Park location to be moved, and we have received several requests for a porta potty at Beacon's Beach. Deputy Mayor Kranz suggested the public right of way near the 7-11 store on Vulcan might be a better location. And I asked that any porta potty at Beacon's not obstruct bikes with surfboards parking at the beach.

We voted unanimously to extend the porta potty program, asking staff to see if 7-11 would work with us on an appropriate location and to see if there is a site at Beacon's where a porta potty could be convenient without blocking bikes. We also asked that staff return with options for more permanent solutions and/or structures. 

 Leucadia Roadside Park. We asked staff to try to move this away from homes, perhaps near the 7-11 across the tracks.

Leucadia Roadside Park. We asked staff to try to move this away from homes, perhaps near the 7-11 across the tracks.