Carolina Beach recognized for wheelchair accessible beaches

Non-profit Ocean Cure and the Town of Carolina Beach are recognized for their efforts to make beaches wheelchair accessible. (Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY)

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The Town of Carolina Beach and the organization Ocean Cure were honored for their efforts to make beaches wheelchair accessible at a town council meeting Tuesday night.

Ocean Cure is a non-profit that uses beach wheelchairs, accessible flooring, and adaptive surfboards to make beaches accessible to everyone.

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At Tuesday night’s meeting, the organization and the town were recognized by the disAbility Resource Center for all the work they have done.

Ocean Cure founder and director Kevin Murphy says he wants to continue to raise awareness about the issue.

“We take for granted that when we hit the sand, we can just walk through the sand, we can just get in the ocean, and living in a coastal community, that’s why most of us love being here,” said Murphy. “So when you take that for granted and then you realize, ‘wow, some people’s trip ends right at the end of the boardwalk, or the end of the parking lot,’ they can’t get to the sand. Making that possible for people just means the world to us.”

Murphy says they had 2,500 square feet of accessible path last year, and just ordered 1,000 more.

They will also order two more beach wheelchairs.