Rethink Access | The SandPaper


Gail Travers
August 18, 2021

To the Editor:
We checked the map and uncovered 12th Street in Surf Metropolis to be selected handicap obtainable. We drove down all through a rainstorm and checked it out. It appeared Okay. Next sunny working day we took a visitor from Rochester, N.Y., in a handicap van to this web-site and tried using to access the seashore.
All was very well until we reached the decreased parts, which ended up covered with sand, and the digital chair bottomed out. We pushed it out and hit our following obstacle, the gap involving the blue mat and the ramp. Press once more we did. It was Alright until finally we hit yet another hole concerning the two sets of blue mats. Immediately after that it was crystal clear sailing to the edge of the seaside around the water.
We identified as the Surf Metropolis beach front range on their web site to alert them that the ramp and set up was not adequate. A person employee with a shovel confirmed up and we were being encouraged. Other handicap folks on the seaside were also pleased.
After a fantastic day at the beach, we had to depart and struggle gravity to get the wheelchair up the ramp when we received to it. The good news is, the van experienced detachable aluminum ramps that we had introduced down to bridge the gaps in the blue mats. A form gentleman aided us drive the wheelchair up to the major of the walkway. We would like to thank him once again. All this was attained by 70-plus-year-outdated cousins.
ADA specifies what is expected for handicap entry and we assume Surf Metropolis ought to rethink this setup and make it more “fool” proof. We will avoid this location this calendar year. Even so, the blue mat performs very well and parking was also ample.
Marion Dabrowski
Califon, N.J., and Manahawkin

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