Long Beach plans to add new access path to beach for wheelchairs

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Soon, residents and visitors will have more access to the beach in Long Beach due to a new handicapped access path. The city is moving forward with plans to install the "Long Beach Wheel Way".

Long Beach Community Affairs Director Jenny Levens said, "I felt like this would be a good thing to bring to Long Beach. We'll be the first one on the Coast to have it. There's nothing like it. The closest one is in Orange Beach."

Special decking will be installed between Steve Marina and the Simpson Pier to allow for wheelchair accessibility. In addition to wheelchairs, parents will also be able to use the deck for strollers.

"We're excited to offer this to our residents, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast because everyone should be able to go and watch their family enjoy the beach," Levens said.

The wheel-way will offer a path all the way down to the water.

City officials say the mats have been ordered, and crews will work to remove several bumpers in the parking lot before installing the wheel way access. The path was made possible through a donation from the Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport.

The project is estimated to be completed by August.

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