Useful beach access information available 

FREEHOLD, NJ – Just in time for the 2011 summer beach season, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders has published the annual Monmouth County Accessible Beach Guide.

“To make summer beach-going easier for individuals with disabilities, this guide provides detailed information about accessible beach walkways and ramps, parking, curb cuts and surf chair availability,” Freeholder Robert D. Clifton said. “The information is organized alphabetically by town or beach and has details about this year’s beach fees, lifeguard hours and amenities.”

“Over the past several years we have seen the level of barrier-free beach access improve up and down the county’s coastline,” Freeholder Amy A. Mallet said. “Mobile beach mats have been one of the best improvements to help individuals with mobility issues get onto the beach and up to the high water mark.”

Municipal telephone numbers and Web sites are also included to help beachgoers contact towns or beaches directly for specific information.

The guide is updated each year by the county’s Office on Disabilities that is part of the county’s Department of Human Services. The staff also serves as a year-round source for information, referral and advocacy for persons with disabilities and their families and serves as liaison to state and non-profit agencies that provide assistance to residents who need services.

For questions about this publication, contact Sue Moleon, director of the Monmouth County Office on Disabilities, at 732-308-3770, ext. 3599.

Download your copy of the Monmouth County Accessible Beach Guide from the county’s Office on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans Services’ Web page at www.visitmonmouth.com.