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Posted: Jun 22, 2018 6:17 PMUpdated: Jun 22, 2018 6:25 PM EDT
By Erin Tyszko
Ocean City Mobi-Mat at 130th street. (Photo WBOC)
Ocean City, Md. – Introducing Mobi-Mat’s! The pilot program that was just launched on 130th and 94th street.
“We’re pretty excited and we hope these things work out for us,” City Engineer, Terry Mcgean said. “Anything that we can do to make it easier to go to the beach for everyone – we are all for.”
These one-of-a-kind Mobi-Mat’s are made out of 100% recycled polyester and they aren’t only beneficial for handicapped individuals. These mat’s are also good for families that bring large loads to the beach.
“We see a lot of families where they are towing the little red wagon behind or the cooler behind them and it makes it easier for everybody,” said Mcgean.
The mobi-mat’s are costly though, each one is roughly $7000 and that is why they will only be installed at designated handicapped areas.
This initiative goes hand in hand with the beach friendly wheelchairs that Ocean City Beach Patrol is responsible for.
“The idea is that you don’t need the Mobi-Mat for the beach wheelchairs,” said Butch Arbin, Chief of Ocean City Beach Patrol. “The beach wheelchairs are designed to roll on the sand and a regular wheelchair can go on a mobi-mat.”
The Mobi-Mat program has been successful in other resort towns and Ocean City is expecting the same.