CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) – No beachgoers are being left behind on Pleasure Island.
Lacy Ford, a member of the Women's Island of Carolina Beach has helped raise funds for special beach wheelchairs.
"I mean this is crazy people have to know that we have these items available," Ford stated.
The special chairs are made of sturdy PVC pipe and oversized wheels. They are designed for easy transport across the sand. Ford explained that the wheelchairs are free to use. The $2,000 devices are paid for through fundraising efforts of the Island Women organization.
"We're really excited as we pass this off to the city. Kure Beach already maintains their wheelchairs and we're excited to see how Carolina Beach will promote the accessibility of their beaches," Ford said.
Ford explained that the chairs will be stored in the bottom of lifeguard stands.
"We've decided to close in the bottom of six lifeguard stands so that the actual wheelchairs will be housed at the end of the accessible ramps," explained Ford.
Emergency officials are also in support of the effort.
"It's a win-win situation," said Simon Sanders, the ocean rescue supervisor with the Carolina Beach Fire Department.
"They've got a good idea and we've got the people and the resources with the lifeguards already being on the beach to make it feasible," said Sanders.
Paul Potts is one beachgoer who has seen the special chairs in action.
"My mom loves it," said Potts. "She's 87-years-old, and being 87 and she can't walk. There's no other way for her to get the accessibility other than something like this."
The special beach wheelchairs can be rented at locations in Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher.
There are 10 chairs are available in Carolina Beach, located at North Lake Park Blvd. Call 910-458-2977910-458-2977 for more information. There are five chairs are available in Kure Beach, located at 114 Seventh Ave. Call 910-458-2014910-458-2014 for more information. There are also three chairs are available at Fort Fisher, located at 114 Seventh Ave. Call 910-458-5798910-458-5798 for more information.
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