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Are poor people still welcome on the seawall? - The Galveston County Daily News : Letters To Editor

November 27, 2014

Are poor people still welcome on the seawall?

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Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 12:00 am

What were we thinking? Perhaps we should add an additional sign under each of the parking signs on the seawall stating, “Poor people not welcome!” If one does not have a credit card and a cellphone, they can’t park and visit the beach, and for what purpose?

We received three pitiful little trailer bathrooms that run generators all day, spewing more pollution into our already ozone-laden summer air.

I thought we were getting beach bathrooms like those in Southern California and Florida, but when I asked, I was told that they present a crime problem. 

I grew up in Los Angeles. We had a bit of a crime problem there, too, and we also had concrete beach bathrooms. It takes two park employees to haul those trailer bathrooms around, but it takes one park employee to shut and lock an iron gate closing a concrete bathroom at night. 

I really believe that we should have a recall vote on the parking meters on the seawall, so that the beach is accessible to people of all economic levels. If we can’t do that, at the very least the city needs to build some bathrooms. 

Where is all the money?