Beach access information available to help those with disabilities
FREEHOLD, NJ – Just in time for the 2012 summer beach season, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders has published the annual Monmouth County Accessible Beach Guide.
“To make summer beach-going easier for individuals with disabilities, this guide provides detailed information about accessible beach walkways and ramps, parking, curb cuts and surf chair availability,” Freeholder Director John P. Curley said. “The information is organized alphabetically by town or beach and has details about this year’s beach fees, lifeguard hours and amenities.
“Barrier-free beach access continues to improve up and down the county’s coastline,” said Michael T. Ruane, director of the county’s Office on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans Services. “Mobile beach mats have been one of the best improvements to help individuals with mobility issues get onto the beach and up to the high water mark.”
Municipal telephone numbers and Web sites are also included to help beachgoers contact towns or beaches directly for specific information.
The guide is updated each year by the staff of the county’s Office on Disabilities that is part of the county’s Department of Human Services. The staff also serves as a year-round source for information, referral and advocacy for persons with disabilities and their families and serves as liaison to state and non-profit agencies that provide assistance to residents who need services.
For questions about this publication, contact Sue Moleon, director of the Monmouth County Office on Disabilities, at 732-308-3770, ext. 3599 or visit the Office on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans Services’ Web page at www.visitmonmouth.com.