Much Needed Public Restrooms Land at Remote Black’s Beach

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Blacks Beach,  a renowned but remote surfing destination, got its first public restrooms Friday thanks to the combined efforts of UC San Diego, the city and a private foundation.

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The university, which owns the steep access road, paid for construction of two public restrooms, a private restroom for lifeguards and a separate storage facility for the lifeguards.

Rick Wurts, lifeguard chief for San Diego Fire-Rescue, said the facility is “a real blessing” for both lifeguards and visitors. The next closest restrooms are at the Torrey Pines Gliderport, uphill and more than a mile away.

Gary C. Matthews, the university’s vice chancellor for resource management and planning, noted that the new solar-powered facility is “not just the first restrooms at Black’s Beach, but the first environmentally friendly restrooms at Black’s Beach.”

The project was 2 1/2 years in the making, spurred on by the Blacks Beach Foundation.

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