News Briefs: City of Orlando Officials to Meet Downtown Sanitation Needs

News Briefs: City of Orlando Officials to Meet Downtown Sanitation Needs

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ORLANDO, FLORIDA — DTO Go is a go. The one-year public restroom pilot program was recently approved by Orlando city officials. Under the pilot program, two-stall portable restroom trailers and accompanying handicapped-accessible units will be placed around the downtown Orlando area to help alleviate need by homeless residents and downtown patrons alike, according to Bay News TV-9.

“The main objective of this pilot program is to allow the Community Redevelopment Agency to investigate long-term solutions while learning lessons from this short-term approach to providing public restrooms,” says Thomas Chatmon Jr., executive director of the Downtown Development Board/Community Redevelopment Agency. 

The DTO Go program is a result of the Nightlife Task Force’s 2016 Orlando Sociable City Study and is a stopgap measure. City leaders will review the program at the end of 2020.

New York PRO Files Lawsuit Alleging $169,000 in Unpaid Bills

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — Got To Go Portable Restrooms of Cortlandt Manor has filed a lawsuit alleging it is owed $169,000 for services rendered during construction of the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. The defendants are listed as general contractor Tappan Zee Constructors, New York state, the New York State Thruway Authority and six associated insurance companies. 

Got To Go provided sanitation services for the five-year construction project and took in nearly $3 million for its efforts before payments stopped over the project’s final three months. Complicating the matter, Tappan Zee Constructors — a consortium of companies that built the twin-span bridge — alleges that the state and Thruway Authority owe it more than $900 million in increased costs for the already $4 billion project.

Source: The Journal News

A One-Man Crusade for Portable Restrooms Along the American River

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA — Evan Edgar is not content to rest on his laurels and watch as E. coli continues to contaminate the American River at rates seven times above safe levels. A frequent paddler and an engineer, Edgar saw the need for portable sanitation along the river, which is frequented by Sacramento’s homeless community, and aims to fill it, according to Fox TV-40. 

“It’s immoral not to have a bathroom down here for the homeless,” Edgar says.

Edgar’s initial efforts to personally finance the placement of a portable restroom near the river were met with red tape: He didn’t have a permit and the area where the restroom was located is city property. Undeterred, he persevered in December by procuring a three-month permit for the restrooms and has picked up sponsorships for “Operation Brown Trout,” as the project has become known. Edgar aims to eventually have several restrooms placed along the river, which is also frequented by joggers and bicyclists.

Remains Found in Restroom Outside M&T Bank Stadium

BALTIMORE — In mid-December authorities found the remains of a 26-year-old man in a portable restroom located at M&T Bank Stadium, the home of the Baltimore Ravens. According to USA Today, there were no public events at the stadium on the date of discovery and police did not release the man’s name nor a cause of death.

This is the second portable restroom-related death in a year reported at the stadium according WKYT.

Previously, in February 2019, a stadium security guard reported seeing a portable restroom at the facility catch fire before a man engulfed in flames ran out of the restroom. The man passed away before first responders arrived at the scene.


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