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Wheelchair accessible fishing in PBC

fla crackerfla cracker Posts: 173 Deckhand
Looking for a little help to find a place for a young man to fish who is currently wheelchair bound.  He is 14-years old  is down at St Mary's for 4 months undergoing multiple surgeries and physical therapy. He is from Maine and loves to fish and hunt. are I met him and his mother the other day at Dubois. He only has a few hours in between multiple physical therapies per day to get out. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone might be able to suggest some other places that he might be able to go to fish from his wheelchair within close proximity to St Mary's.  His next surgery is on the 28th of May.  After thinking more about the situation I think locations that are low profiled would be best such similar to the Dubois docks and sea wall.  These pictures were taken today and are being shared with permission.  Thank you for any suggestions.

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  • Aquaholic IVAquaholic IV Posts: 1,015 Officer
    This crushes my heart!  Juno Pier is 24 minutes away at 10.3 miles from St. Mary's and I'm sure easily accessible with a wheel chair.  I live all the way up in Jensen Beach but hoping someone closer can make a better recommendation.  I'm not a pier fisherman, mainly inshore, although I do have some conventional reels and a few big spinners that could be used off the pier and would be willing to meet everyone at the pier to assist.  This is where the fishing community should rally for a child and put something together, me included.  Let me know if I can help.  I have a big following in the Jensen Beach area and can rally up a group from the Stuart Rod and Reel Club.  You could also reach out to "The Make a Wish Foundation" who might even be able to locate a Boat and Captain willing to donate their time and boat that would be wheelchair accessible.  I'll follow this post and assist however I can.  
  • fla crackerfla cracker Posts: 173 Deckhand
    I appreciate the response, but after thinking about his wheel chair it most likely would be more suitable for fishing from docks as oppose to a pier or bridge.  I'm sure that is why they were fishing the dock area at Dubois.

  • FrydaddyFrydaddy Boynton BeachPosts: 659 Officer
    if the sea lay down and we get a flat day I would love to take them out on my boat. 100% can do a wheel chair in the back of the boat and have a spot in 30ft of water just outside boynton inlet that we can bend rods for as long as he wants!!!!! feel free to pm
  • fla crackerfla cracker Posts: 173 Deckhand
    Frydaddy, that is a very generous offer and would love to see something like this happen. Lord willing, I will be fishing with him on Tuesday and will have an opportunity to discuss this with his mother. I'm sure it wouldn't be possible for a bit, as his next surgery is Friday. I Will keep you posted via pm. Again, thank you for your offer!
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