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Sag Harbor's village board, chamber to discuss public toilets

Sag Harbor’s village board has agreed to meet with the village Chamber of Commerce to discuss a small but key summer issue — why the public toilets in Village Hall are closed on weekends, when the resort village fills with tourists.

A sign on the Village Hall directs tourists and local residents to use the public toilet facilities by the docks on Bay Street, a short walk from the Village Hall on Main Street.

The chamber believes that keeping toilets locked sends an unfriendly message to tourists, but Mayor Brian Gilbride said the problem isn’t that the village dislikes tourists, it’s the vandalism that recurs every summer.

He said children stuff up the drains in the sinks, then turn on the water and leave. That leads to floods that leak into the Village Hall basement. The public toilets on Bay Street, in contrast, are on a concrete slab, and water drains into the harbor.

Still, the village board — at its meeting Tuesday night — agreed to set up a meeting with chamber officials to discuss the situation, and see if there is a possible resolution, short of an expensive reconstruction of the toilets in Village Hall.

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