Question: Are there any places at Daytona Beach or other beaches within a couple hours of Orlando that offer beach wheelchairs? My husband is a paraplegic so ones with at least one removable or lift-up arm would be best. We would appreciate any contact information for such wheelchairs. Thanks!
Answer: Daytona Beach (Volusia County) has an excellent beach patrol service. They also offer beach wheelchairs. Here is a link that will help you find out more specifics about where the chairs are, how to get them, and who to call: http://www.volusia.org/beach/bchwhl.htm
Also, Deming Designs, the maker of many of the beach wheelchairs, offers that you can rent their beach wheelchairs in Daytona at the following location:
Volusia Medical Supply, Inc., 591 Beville Road South Daytona Beach, FL 32119 (386) 756-2025 email: Laikha@volusiamedicalsupply.com
I'm not sure how sophisticated or adjustable the wheelchairs are at various beaches, but if they don't have what you need at a particular location, be sure to let them know what your needs are. Beaches all over Florida are gradually becoming more aware of the need to provide access for people with limited mobility and are slowly providing the necessary access. They are not generally proactive. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, as they say. Enjoy your beach vacation!
If the link above to Volusia County doesn't work, just point your browser to http://www.volusia.org and click on the "beaches" link in the sidebar. Then look under "Beach Tips, Rules, and Information" and click on "Beach information for the disabled." Governments tend to redesign their web sites and link structure periodically, so the information may move, but you should be able to find it.
Here are some photos I took of typical Florida beach wheelchairs (note these are not specifically from Daytona):
Above: beach wheelchair at Fort Desoto County Park in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Above: beach wheelchair in use at Upham Beach in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Above: beach wheelchairs available at Venice Municipal Beach, Florida.