Several years ago, Old Orchard Beach was plagued with an uncomfortable problem. The lack of public restrooms was leading tourists to do the unthinkable, use public areas of the town to take care of their "business". That resulted in Old Orchard Beach adding temporary restrooms the following summer in hopes of avoiding another season of people relieving themselves anywhere and everywhere they can find. But has the problem of public restrooms gotten any better?

Shared on Facebook by Darlene Marie, her post showing the price to use restrooms on The Pier sparked some outrage that she likely wasn't expecting. That outrage wasn't directly at Darlene herself but at the fact that restrooms are prevalent and free in a Maine hotspot that sees so much foot traffic. The restrooms on The Pier charge a fee for convenience and proximity to the beach, but where can you go and how far do you have to walk to find a restroom that is free?

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Old Orchard Beach does have several free-to-use restrooms in town but most of them are inconvenient for beachgoers that are hugging close to The Pier. There's a public restroom near the bumper cars of Palace Playland. In the height of summer, lines can form for that restroom that are longer than some of the rides. There are public restrooms at the Chamber of Commerce, which is only a short jaunt from the main strip.

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If you're willing to walk a little, there are public restrooms in the dog park on Heath Street near Family Dollar and the basketball courts. Another public restroom exists at the municipal parking lot on Milliken Street which is not close to The Pier unfortunately.

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As crowds continue to pile into Old Orchard Beach, the question will certainly come up again. When will OOB invest in public restrooms?

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