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      Downtown public restrooms officially open Wednesday

      The public restrooms in downtown Myrtle Beach. The facilities opened to the public on July 2.

      On Wednesday, the doors were officially opened at the new public restroom facilities off of Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach.

      The facilities are located just across the street from the SkyWheel.

      The project cost roughly $230,000 and was paid for by the Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corporation.

      The restrooms were built to replace the temporary facilities at Plyler Park.

      Officials at the DRC said the move was done to improve the visitor experience in the downtown area.

      "A lot of the businesses down here do not have public restrooms and to be able to provide that service again to those that visit and spend time here, we're happy to be able to do that," explained Lauren Clever with the DRC.

      The facilities will be open from 8 am to midnight during the summer but Clever said those hours could change depending on the facility's use.