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Initiative for the disabled targets suncoast beaches
Initiative for the disabled targets suncoast beaches

Sarasota County, FL - The suncoast non-profit group Beaches For All is intent on allowing disabled patrons access to public beaches. Based out of Sarasota and fronted by Executive Director Jane Danielson, the group is starting by petitioning for wheelchair-accessible public platforms on beaches along the Gulf coast in Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, St. Pete, and Clearwater.

It's more than just ramps and parking spaces the group wants. Recently, the county unveiled floating wheelchairs at five local beaches, a first step to allowing the physically disabled to have a way to enjoy the water.

Beaches for all, however, is thinking even bigger. The next step is to build a larger $2-$3 million complex on a suncoast beach so those in wheelchairs can get to the Gulf of Mexico on their own. The goal is lofty, though, and depends on donations and private funding to become a reality.

The complex would include restrooms, showers, a ramp into the water, and a pavilion which would all be designed specifically for the disabled population, and would be the only one of its kind in the country.

To donate, visit beachesforall.org.