The City of Gulf Shores considers accessibility a high priority, and it is our desire to make our beach front more accessible. We are making great strides to reaching our goal of complete accessibility with the addition of the new 20 foot wide concrete promenade combined with the Access Mats on the beach. The Access Mats are located at the West End of the Gulf Place Public Beach parking area at West 2nd Street and at the East End of Gulf Place Public Beach near the Pink Pony. The Access Mats are placed to stop short of the water due to the incline/slope that leads to the lower region of the beach. The incline is too steep for wheelchair users to easily return to the boardwalk. The City of Gulf Shores installed the first Access Mat on January 24, 2018 and purchased the second mat on March 15, 2018. The City currently has one 5 ft. x 50 ft. mat and four 5 ft. x 100 ft. mats.
In addition to the two Access Mats, the Beach Safety Office, located at Gulf Place Public Beach, has beach wheelchairs for the public to use on a first-come-first-served basis. The Beach Safety officers and lifeguards are happy to assist anyone needing help accessing the beachfront. If you need assistance, please contact Beach Safety Officer Lt. Melvin Shepard at 251-978-0607.