Suffolk Beaches Will Be Accessible For Everyone With New Improvements

July 26, 2019 - 1:30 pm

SHIRLEY, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Suffolk County on Friday unveiled a number of upgrades to make Long Island beaches more handicap accessible.

Before the changes, Frank Krotschinsky told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall that going to the beach was a bit “depressing.” He says in the past, the only place for people in wheelchairs was a small concrete patio.

On the 29th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), County Executive Steve Bellone announced a number of changes to Long Island’s public facilities including the installation of new mobility mats at all county beaches.

“Of course, it’s much nicer to be able to roll somewhat out onto the beach,” Krotschinsky said.

There are also beach-accessible wheelchairs available to rent at some county beaches.

Bellone also announced a $1 million investment into a new wheelchair accessible ramp at Cupsogue County Park, a wheelchair accessible golf cart at West Sayville Golf Course and a new fully ADA complaint playground at Smith Point County Park.

“I’ve been down to Florida and had the experience where the sand is firmer than it is here, I’ve had the experience there of rolling down the beach, and now I can have that experience here,” said Krotschinsky.

The Americans with Disabilities act was signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. The civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and aims to ensure people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities, including in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services and telecommunications.