SOUTH JERSEY, N.J. (CBS) – New Jersey residents love those nearby beaches, but a new poll finds that they hate not having access to restrooms “down the shore.”
Eighty percent of the respondents to the new Quinnipiac University poll say the Jersey shore is a great place to take a vacation.
Mickey Carroll of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute says their only real beef with the shore involves the lack of public bathrooms.
“Eighty-three percent of New Jerseyans tell Quinnipiac they think that every beach community should have to provide some sort of restrooms,” he says. “And you can understand that — you take a bunch of kids to the beach, you’re gonna have to have a bathroom for them.”
Public bathrooms are common in many of the larger shore towns such as Wildwood, but in smaller, residential communities they’re nearly impossible to locate.
Carroll says he doesn’t see that trend changing anytime soon.
“The state leaning on communities would be probably not be terribly popular in a lot of residential communities,” he tells KYW Newsradio..
The poll also finds that 48 percent of respondents say shore towns impose too many restrictions on getting to the beach.
New Jersey is in the process of rewriting its beach access rules, to allow individual towns to craft their own access policies.
Reported by Paul Kurtz, KYW Newsradio 1060