Disabilities Council to unveil beach access pathway

Mobi-Mat will ease access for people with mobility impairments

Governor Anwar Choudhury, center, with Morne Botes and Shani Botes during a trial of the Mobi-Mat in April. The mat, which will make it easier for disabled people to enter the sea, will be officially launched on Saturday. The public is invited to attend. - Photo: David Goddard

The National Council for Persons with Disabilities will officially unveil a new beach-access pathway, dubbed the “Mobi-Mat,” on Public Beach near Calico Jack’s Saturday morning.

The “Mobi-Mat,” a lightweight, portable, roll-out beach access pathway designed for people with mobility impairments, had a soft launch in April at the Guardians Alive event. It will be permanently placed on Public Beach.

Council member and director of the Sunrise Adult Training Centre Kimberly Voaden initiated the idea of importing the mat more than a year and a half ago.

“As a country, the Cayman Islands has been making great strides, in recent years, to bring awareness to the accessibility issues faced by our community members and visitors with disabilities,” Ms. Voaden said.

“For persons with mobility limitations, both residents and visitors, to be surrounded by the most breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea and not be able to enjoy our beaches and the waters to the fullest is such a shame. The Disabilities Council wanted to change that.”

Acting on behalf of the Premier, who is in London, Councilor Austin Harris will cut the ribbon, officially opening the “Mobi-Mat” for public use.

Members of the public are invited to attend the unveiling ceremony on Public Beach this Saturday, May 19, at 8:30 a.m.