Nonprofit brings beach access mat to Clearwater beach

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Beach closed for coronavirus, Gulfport, Florida. By Seán Kinane / WMNF News (21 March 2020).

A local nonprofit is making the beach more accessible for people with disabilities.

According to a press release from Help Us Gather (HUG), a 372-foot-long mobility mat will open at Sand Key Park this Friday. The grand opening will be held from 6 to 8 pm and will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The event is part of HUG’s beach accessibility initiative, helping to create nonslip, sand-free pathways for people with mobility challenges.

The mat will be one of 22 beach access mats in the Tampa Bay Area.

A full list of beaches with mobility mats can be found at

For more information on the event, you can visit

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