2018-04-01 / Features

Mobi - Mat provides a path

Long to visit the beach, but know there are hazards for you because of shifting sands?

Need to use a wheelchair or walker to navigate through life and realize that means access is denied to some places you’d like to go on Florida’s beautiful shoreline?

Frustrated that the need to use your little one’s stroller limits your family’s enjoyment of the most appealing beaches anywhere?

Santa Rosa County has heard your concerns and committed to paving the way for you and your family to “get relaxing” on beautiful Navarre Beach.

The Mobi-Mat Recpath AFX Blue Jay is a welcome mat for visitors of all abilities to the sandy shores.

The mat, which provides a more sturdy approach to the beach area, is five feet wide and 100 feet long. A recent ribbon cutting showcased the Mobi-Mat’s ADA-accessible rollout pathway from the end of the kayak launch for 16.5 feet to the east and west, moving visitors that much closer to the beach. The kayak launch is gulfside, just east of the Sea Oat Pavilion in Navarre Beach Park.

Santa Rosa County Commissioner Rob Williamson says Navarre resident Tony Alexander’s suggestion to install the Mobi- Mat was met with 100 percent approval.

“It’s exciting to know all visitors to Navarre Beach, regardless of their abilities, will now enjoy the same access to the Gulf. This is another example of what makes Santa Rosa County and Navarre such a special place.”

The $8,200 mat was purchased by the county’s tourist development office.

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