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Parks Department pays up for Coney Island commode report

The cost to compile and review analysis on the toilets runs $100,000
June 04, 2014 06:00PM

The battle of the Coney Island beachfront bathrooms just took another turn.

The Parks Department has doled out $100,000 to compile and review a 208-page report on the $2 million futuristic restrooms that have residents up in arms, reports The Daily News. The department has collected some 1,000 comments from the public on the costly commodes, which are slated to be built with disaster relief funds to replace facilities destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

Progress on the potties is being held up by a lawsuit brought by residents of Oceana Condominiums, a luxury residence in Brighton Beach. The condo owners say the bathrooms will block their view of the beach and attract homeless people.

The lawyer for the residents compelled the city to conduct a new environmental review of the lavatories, leaving some locals angry not just about the cost to taxpayers, but the lack of facilities, reports the Daily News.

“It’s totally ridiculous to do this at the cost of the rest of the neighborhood,” Oceana resident Boris Kantor told the Daily News. [NYDN]Tom DiChristopher