In 2017, Unlimited Abilities Foundation (with its volunteer ambassadors) took on a new endeavor to work with city, county and state officials to provide accessible beach mats throughout the great state of Florida. Accessible beach mats have been in the industry for over 15 years but have seldom had a leader to continue providing these accessible beach mats to as many locations as possible. The reason why these accessible beach mats are needed is to provide people with disabilities, mobility impaired and elderly the opportunity to recreationally enjoy our amazing beaches but to also use it as a tool for education, exploration of our beautiful oceanic environment, and even assist in beach restoration and cleanup projects. Our primary distributor that we have been working closely with is Deschamps Mat Systems also known as “Mobi Mat”.
At the end of 2019, Unlimited Abilities is proud to have sponsored and be a part of over eight locations that are now open to the general public for primary use. We are currently working with state officials for more applications and approvals to move forward with an additional six locations through 2021.
Current Beach Mat Locations Throughout Palm Beach County:
Jupiter Inlet– Southside of inlet, in the pavilion
John D MacArthur State Park (Beach Mats and accessible Beach-Chair)
Riviera Beach Community redevelopment Area (To be installed)
Lake Worth Beach Park, just north of pier
Boynton Beach – Oceanfront Park Beach (Beach Mats and accessible Beach-Chair)
Delray Beach, just north of Atlantic Ave.
Spanish River Park, Boca Raton
Coming soon, we will provide an integrated map showing these accessible beach locations.
We continue to work hard to provide these mats and ask for monetary donations to continue to push these endeavors forward. Also, any local businesses that wish to sponsor an accessible beach mat, we ask that you please contact us through our contact section. We would be proud to have you not only as one of our sponsors but also located on the accessible beach mat itself for all to see.
As of September 7th, 2020, Unlimited Abilities had another write-up discussing the importance of these accessible beach mats for all beach-goers:
Palm Beach Post