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Vote for Sanibel's 'Ding' Darling in America's Best Bathroom contest

Posted at 5:47 AM, Aug 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-06 05:47:26-04

SANIBEL, Fla. -- 'Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island opened an education-themed bathroom facility last year, and now that facility could get national recognition in a new online voting contest.

The refuge's Learning Lavatories has been named a finalist in Cinta's America's Best Restroom Contest.

The Learning Lavatories debuted in October 2017 and feature educational imagery inside the lavatories and on the outdoor wall leading to them. The outdoor wall and ceiling mural immerses visitors in a virtual underwater experience, where they come eye-to-eye with 3D manatees and look up to see an alligator and other wildlife sculptures swimming overhead.

The project was privately funded by a $125,000 grant from the West Coast Inland Navigation District (WCIND) and contributions from private donors.

Visit to vote in the best bathroom contest, and follow #DingBestBathroom to monitor refuge standings on social media.

Voting for the contest began Monday, August 6.  The public is invited to vote all day every day through September 14. There is no limit to the number of times a person can vote each day, according to the website’s contest rules.

To learn more about the Learning Lavatories, log on to