More communities at the Jersey Shore are working to make their beaches more inclusive to people with disabilities. In Asbury Park, there are wheelchair-accessible ramps and wheelchair beach chairs available that can roll on the sand. There are even ones, called water wheels, that can go in the water.
Some families, however, say it’s not enough and that there should be a path that leads directly from the boardwalk to the water. Asbury Park officials say the mobile mats on the beach are at the safest distance possible because of the potential for high tides and storms. But they say they recognize more improvement can be made and they’re working on making sure everyone feels included.