TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) – For many, Labor Day is summer’s last hurrah, filled with time at the beach and barbecues, but many in the state’s physically disabled community are going to be left out because the state has been slow to reopen the one park that is dedicated to those with physical disabilities.
Rish Park is located on Cape San Blas, on the Panhandle coast.
The beachfront park is the state’s only fully handicap accessible facility for outdoor recreation.
The park has been closed since 2018′s Hurricane Michael.
Disability advocates assert the state has been dragging its feet.
“This Labor Day weekend, this beautiful sunshine right now. I’d like to be at the beach. Fellow Floridians with disabilities would like to be at the beach. But Rish Park is closed,” said advocate Dr. J.R. Harding.