City of Lake Worth Installs ADA Compliant Beach Mat Pathways to Provide Disabled Access

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Submitted by Chris Kittleson, Director of Loss Control Technical Services - Public Risk Underwriters of Florida, Inc.

For individuals with disabilities getting access to the beach can present challenges and difficulties. In response to meeting the needs of individuals with disabilities, the City of Lake Worth has found a solution to provide inclusive, fully accessible beaches.

In June of this year, working in conjunction with Lauren Bennett, Assistant Director of Leisure Services and Mathew Botts, Chief of Ocean Rescue, the City of Lake Worth installed specially designed ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant beach access mats. The mats are strategically located adjacent to handicap ramps and beach pathways so the beach is now accessible to individuals in wheel chairs as well as people with walkers, elderly people that may have mobility issues and parents with strollers.

McShane Murphey, Assistant Director of Human Resources, indicated that it is the hope of the City of Lake Worth that residents and visitors, who have been unable to access the beach due to disabilities, now will be able to enjoy the beach and natural oceanside.

If you would like to learn more about Mobi Mat, please visit their website at www.mobi-mat.com, or contact McShane Murphy at [email protected].