Seal Beach installs beach accessibility mats

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The mats shown above allow individuals in wheelchairs (or moms with kids in strollers) to get on the sand and enjoy the beach. Courtesy photo

The city of Seal Beach partnered with Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley, to facilitate the installation of eco-friendly, portable, and non-slip Americans with Disabilities Act beach accessibility mats.

The brand name: Mobi-Mats.

The newly installed mats significantly improve accessibility to the beach by providing a comfortable and safe avenue for visitors with disabilities or limited mobility and families with strollers and different needs to enjoy a beach day.

The portable mats are located near the Eighth Street Beach parking lot on the north side of the beach and near the 10th Street Beach Lot on the south side of the beach.

“When I first heard about the beach access mobility mats, I decided that offering this amenity for folks visiting and using our beach was a must,” said District One Councilman and Mayor Joe Kalmick.

“I want to thank our District 2 County Supervisor, Katrina Foley for partnering with us to provide funding to be able to acquire and install the access mats so quickly,” said Kalmick.

“It is gratifying to see someone who may have mobility limitations be able to cross the sand and get down to almost the water’s edge,” the councilman said.

“The city is extremely excited to share Mobi-Mats with the community,” said Marine Safety Chief Joe Bailey.

“The Mobi Mat will allow a larger audience to enjoy our beautiful beach and I’m especially grateful that we were able to install the mats before the end of summer,” he said.

Seal Beach installs beach accessibility mats