FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
RIVIERA BEACH RECEIVES DONATION OF BEACH WHEELCHAIR FOR THE DISABLED
RIVIERA BEACH, FL. (Dec. 15, 2021) – Thanks to a generous donation from a crusader for
community beach accessibility, individuals requiring a wheelchair to access the City’s Municipal
Beach can do so with ease using a brand new, specially made chair that glides over the sandy
Hypoluxo resident and advocate for beach accessibility throughout Palm Beach County, Lisa
Lynch, earlier this month donated a roughly $2,200 beach wheelchair to the City with large
rubber wheels that seamlessly coast over the sand and float in the water. Lynch, who started
Lisa's Beach Highways to make an impact and offer accessible beach products for inclusion,
uses a wheelchair after a boating accident a decade ago. Lynch quickly realized regular
wheelchairs sink in the sand, she said.
Lynch and City Officials will be at the Municipal Beach, 2511 Ocean Drive, on Tuesday, Dec. 23
at 2:30 p.m. to unveil the new wheelchair.
“I fundraised and donated the beach wheelchair because I am passionate about making a
difference and removing barriers for full inclusion,” Lynch said. “My vision is to have the State of
Florida beach accessible within the next 10 years. The beach is my happy place and everyone
deserves to get salty, disabled for not.”
The City currently owns one beach wheelchair for disabled individuals to use on the especially
wide, sandy stroll to the ocean.
“This newly donated item will be extremely beneficial to the public,” said a grateful Assistant Fire
Chief Mark A. Johnson. “It is always good to have a second ready to go in case one is out for
repair. It will also allow scheduling more people in need of this assistance.”
The new and existing beach wheelchairs can be reserved through the Parks and Recreation
Department 48 hours prior to use by calling (561) 845-4070. Reservations can be made
between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., daily. Signage will be placed on the beach restroom building
outlining the reservation process.