Los Angeles County officialsannounced plans June 2 for county beach restrooms to open at earlier times in response to concerns about the cleanliness and operating hours of the facilities.

“Over the last week, there has been considerable media attention on the county’s beach facilities, in response to the suggestion at the last board meeting that there are issues with the cleanliness of our restrooms that could lead to a health crisis,” county Supervisor Don Knabe said in a statement. “In fact, a review of the Department of Beaches and Harbors’ complaint log shows that no calls had come in regarding restroom cleanliness at our beaches.

“Rather, patrons were frustrated that the restrooms were not open early enough, a schedule change that had been made over the last month due to severe budget cuts.”

As of June 4, Beaches and Harbors has realigned some employee schedules to open up the most high-trafficked beach restrooms by 7 a.m.

Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey will open early again within 30 days, said Cheryl Burnett, Knabe’s communications director.

“(The county) will be hiring more staff and doing some rescheduling of current employees to meet visitor demand,” she added.

Knabe said in the interim, “the county remains committed to ensuring a clean, pleasant and enjoyable visit for our millions of beach visitors as the summer season gets underway.”

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