Plans for the new Balboa Island fire station are nearly complete, but residents and the city are still arguing over whether the new construction should include public restrooms.
While most residents and business people agree that some sort of public restroom facilities are needed on the island, there is still no consensus on the location.
Some say they should be put in the new fire station, but opponents say the facilities would better serve island visitors if they were closer to the busy commercial district.
Residents living near the proposed station on Marine Avenue say they don't want a public restroom near their homes.
At one point, residents had asked the city to use the property where the current station sits for a public park, rest area and restrooms. While some residents still support this plan, the city has said it needs the money generated from the sale of that property to finance the new station.