Miami Opens First-Ever Public Restroom

posted by Jessi Minneci - 

In an effort to address Miami's homelessness problem, city officials unveiled Miami's first-ever permanent, public restroom.

Outside the Miami-Dade Main Public Library, the restroom cost more than $300,000 to build and is equipped with a toilet, sink and a place to safely dispose of needles. 

An attendant will staff the restroom, which will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. seven days a week.

The city went ahead with the permanent structure after a pilot program installed portable toilets downtown. That program was credited with keeping city streets cleaner.

With vents along the top and bottom of the structure, the design also provides limited privacy to discourage illegal activity inside.

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Eileen Higgins called the restroom "a symbol of our belief that these amenities aren't a privilege, but a right."

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