(Santa Rosa Beach) April 10, 2009 – The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) in partnership with the Walton County Tourist Development Council (TDC) continually explore strategies to enhance the beach going experience.
Through the Beach Safety and Education Program, our beaches are safer, but many visitors face hurdles to enjoy the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Limited mobility can present a challenge to some visitors from experiencing the sugar white sand and warm waters of the Gulf.
Realizing this need, the SWFD and TDC developed a program that would provide three beach wheelchairs, strategically located along the Beaches of South Walton, to improve access to the beach.
The wheelchairs were purchased by the TDC and the program is administered by the SWFD Beach Safety Division.
The wheelchairs are designed and constructed by Deming Designs, Inc. 1090 Cobblestone Dr. Pensacola, FL 32514.
The wheelchairs are constructed from stainless steel tubing with large bubble tires that allow the chair to traverse the soft sand.
The wheelchairs will be located at the following beach accesses: Pompano Joe’s (Miramar Beach), Ed Walline Park (Santa Rosa Beach) and Bramble Grove (Seagrove Beach) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from April through September.
For more information, please contact Sean Hughes Deputy Chief at 850-267-1298 or visit our website at www.swfd.org.