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By Eric Heinz 

Beach access ramps are intended to help people with disabilities get down to the Pacific Ocean with greater ease, and that’s what 19-year-old Leila Murray has asked the city to consider implementing at least at one of its beaches.

Murray has an ambulatory disability that requires her to use an assistive device, but the mats would be usable for wheelchairs, strollers and most other light devices used for mobility.

Leila Murray asked the City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 21, to consider installing beach access mats to at least one of the city’s beaches for people living with disabilities. The mats are intended to assist people using mobility devices to get down to the sand. Photo: Eric Heinz
Leila Murray asked the City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 21, to consider installing beach access mats to at least one of the city’s beaches for people living with disabilities. The mats are intended to assist people using mobility devices to get down to the sand. Photo: Eric Heinz

Jodi Powell, the owner of Little Fishes Swim School who also runs Special Fishies, said that the children in her swim program for children with disabilities would benefit from such mats, as they could run almost to the edge of the beach, away from high tides.

The mats can be made temporary or permanent, but anything permanent could have to go through Coastal Commission approval.

City Council said it would consider the ramps at a later meeting and explore its options.

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  • hi leila great idea these things work well there is a mat with a board walk also at the doheny state beach and a good parking discount for disability’s and handi stickers right between the big
    life guard tower and the bone yard cafe ,, you might like to check out ramp a hand cycle event at bolsa chica state beach once a month its fun and the September event is a bbq also
    http://www.rampitup.org its free :::::( -:P

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