Bathroom Brouhaha

A North Carolina coastal county wants to build bathrooms at an ocean access, a move opposed by the owners of a nearby lighthouse.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., reported that Currituck County plans to build public restrooms on the ocean side of N.C. 12 in Corolla. Residents have complained that visitors relieve themselves behind dunes or in bushes near beach homes because the nearest restrooms are across the highway and more than a quarter-mile away.

But the founder of the group, Outer Banks Conservationists, opposes the project. John Wilson said in a letter in January that the land should not be disturbed.

The conservation group has controlled the lighthouse since 2006, when a federal judge ruled that the group and not the county owned it.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Bearslayer on Mar 16, 2010 at 05:40 AM
    when you gotta go ,,, you gotta go.. If I am there with my 5 yo son & he has to go I hope that there are facilities available ,,, or he will water the sand dunes..
  • by BoBo the 1 legged Clown Location: NC on Mar 16, 2010 at 12:20 AM
    Just don't leave the light on. You can be the reverse Motel 6.
  • by Reality Location: NC on Mar 15, 2010 at 07:05 PM
    We went about 3-4 years ago. There was a storm coming and they were getting ready to close the lighthouse. The man that worked there insisted that we had let ourselves in. He wouldn't let me explain that we had just walked in. There was another group that had come in before us but he wouldn't even let me talk. I had no problem leaving and understand the possible dangers but we were accused of essentially breaking in even after he realized that there was another group that had gone in ahead of us.
  • by jr Location: bath on Mar 15, 2010 at 02:14 PM
    it's universally true...them that has wants to keep anybody else from enjoying what they already have. maybe there is a compromise: the ones who are protesting can place a sign on their property saying " bathroom available here".
  • by Robert Humberstone, Sr. Location: NC on Mar 15, 2010 at 02:13 PM
    Them road stops is where the gays go to meet and greet. I seen it on the tv. That one was some singing star, George Michael. Caught in the rest stop. Now them librals want to put one here too? That's Pelosi and that other one, Pallin for you. It's why I use the restroom at my home. Or the woods. I ain't steppin foot in no Curritick restroom with them singing men.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Mar 15, 2010 at 01:15 PM
    I agree that they do need bathrooms placed there. To Reality, when exactly did you and your wife go? Usually the people up in Corolla and Duck are very friendly.
  • by Reality Location: NC on Mar 15, 2010 at 12:06 PM
    I have been to several lighthouses in N.C. The people that worked at this lighthouse were very rude to my wife and I. I will never visit there or spend my money there again. I wonder if the people using the bathroom had the same experience we did.
  • by me Location: here on Mar 15, 2010 at 11:37 AM
    to Poohaha- that sounds like a great idea. Lets see how they like the "MESS"
  • by Poohaha Location: Washiington on Mar 15, 2010 at 09:12 AM
    To Dixie If that's true everyone living near the OBX lighthouse should take a little trip to Gettysburg or better yet the Liberty Bell!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2010 at 07:37 AM
    Put the bathrooms in, for cryin' out loud! It's more sanitary and those tourists just by being there and spending money are bringing jobs to the USA. One little bathroom isn't going to disturb conservation efforts.
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