Equality on Playa del Castillo beach

ADAPTED BOAT: The boat is lower and has easy access from the beach entrance.

THE latest addition to Fuengirola’s list of disabled-friendly facilities is a boat on Playa del Castillo beach, which has been adapted to allow people with reduced mobility to make use of it.

The new addition brings the number of special metallic boats for barbecues on the beach, the only place on the town’s beaches where they are allowed, to 11, Beaches Councillor Jose Sanchez announced.

The initiative began last summer when a local disabled man, Jose Angel Fernandez, suggested it to the council.

Quick to respond, the council had one of the boats adapted and followed up this year by supplying a specifically adapted one, close to the entrance to the beach and the bathrooms.

The boat is lower down than the others and surrounded by wooden platforms. The booking procedure is the same as for the other boats: via the Local Police force, where copies of two peoples’ ID must be presented and the €5.10 fee paid.

The only difference is that to book the adapted boat, a disability certificate must also be presented to police. If by Friday the adapted boat hasn’t been booked, the councillor explained, it will be freed up for use by the general public.

Fernandez said he was very pleased and stressed: “before, people in wheelchairs found it very difficult to make use of the boats, and we were sad because our families and friends held parties on the beach and we couldn’t go. Now we can join in too.”

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