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Hotels, rec centers try to slow pool access regs
AP ^ | 4/18/2012 | Russ Bynum

Posted on 04/18/2012 8:55:42 AM PDT by B Knotts

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Owners and managers of swimming pools at hotels, city recreation centers and public parks are scrambling to install mechanical chair lifts to comply with new federal requirements that all public pools be accessible to disabled swimmers.

Some hotels fear the cost of the equipment or fines for noncompliance could put them out of business, and an industry lobbyist says others may close their pools this summer if they can't upgrade in time, though the government can offer more time to those having trouble paying for it. Swimmers with disabilities say the changes are overdue.

"I couldn't get into the pool without it," said Karen Kitchen of Savannah, who has multiple sclerosis and relies on a poolside chair lift at the Chatham County Aquatic Center for her physical therapy workouts up to four times a week.

Adding to the problem is a backlog of orders created by the rush to meet a May deadline. Harry Spirides ordered lifts last month for the hotel he owns on Georgia's largest public beach and was told they should arrive in late April. He expects to pay $12,000 for the lifts at the Ocean Plaza Beach Resort on Tybee Island.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: ada; constitution; disability; pools; recreation; regulation
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To: laxcoach
It’s a freaking POOL.

Speaking of which, will they be using their battery powered wheelchairs in the pool?

Or will they have to 'buy' a new Waterproof model?

21 posted on 04/18/2012 12:48:08 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: JerseyHighlander
Under these regulations the height of basketball hoops could be regulated by FedGov?

Nonsense. Just mandate that all BB courts provide a lift to allow handicapped players to make jump shots.

22 posted on 04/18/2012 12:51:21 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: B Knotts
I must have overlooked the section in the Constitution that authorizes the federal government to oversee pools.

Just wait. The Feds do oversee the coastline, and people swim in the oceans (and lakes and rivers).

23 posted on 04/18/2012 12:54:35 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: laxcoach

——This stuff really frosts me. I have empathy for disabled people, but why should 99.9% of the people in this country indirectly pay for their access to a POOL? ——

I ran for school committee in the commie town I grew up in, to get some revenge. It was a suicide campaign.

Anyway, at a candidate’s roundtable interview with the local rag, we were asked about the cost of handicap-accessibility. After the others genuflected before unlimited spending, I suggested that in the rare event that there is a wheelchair-bound student, classes could be shifted around to a couple of handicap-accessible rooms.

Surprisingly, the reporter was visibly impressed. Not surprisingly, there was no mention of this idea in the news story.

Of course, it’s a moot point with the handicap laws, but the purpose of my campaign was to plant a virus in the computer.


24 posted on 04/18/2012 1:02:01 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: BO Stinkss
don't a lot of wheelchair folks have bowel and bladder control issues?

Some do, some don't.

Maybe there should be a HOME KIT.

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25 posted on 04/18/2012 1:11:43 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: B Knotts
Thanks for posting the article. While researching this, I found a cost effective and sensible solution.

Same principle/design as the Hydro-Hoist for boats.

Very simple, very maintenance free, and much cheaper than hydraulic lifts.

26 posted on 04/18/2012 1:19:32 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Responsibility2nd
A ramp? Who needs a ramp?

Wheelchair access--you roll right in, LOL.

27 posted on 04/18/2012 1:46:26 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: B Knotts
After reading this article and a few comments, I visited my aquatics center this afternoon. A disabled person has no problem getting in: just roll. The two pools have different designs. I successfully removed myself from both pools using only my arms, leaving my legs loose. It was not at all difficult.

I see no reason for the proposed machines other than pandering to another political interest group. I have devoted considerable time and effort to para-olympic competitions, so no one can accuse me of being hard-hearted.

28 posted on 04/18/2012 2:01:11 PM PDT by Praxeologue
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