Why, just tell me why, the federal government feels the need to inject themselves into this issue? Can’t the public pool management just have a simple conversation with the people or families who need access to the pool and work it out?
As far as the Obama administration is concerned, the answer to my question is “hell no.” They think this is such a huge problem that they must step in and mandate retroactive change because people who need access are too shy to ask, or pool management is not listening.
I swim at a public pool twice a week. The pool has removable stairs. There is one lifeguard on duty and no-one else. Occasionally, the stairs are not in place and someone needs the stairs. It takes two people to install the stairs. When the stairs are needed, guess what happens? A couple of us intall the stairs without the federal government even knowing about it!
When I worked at a movie theater in the 80s and someone with a wheelchair came in, we simply walked them around to the side door and let them since there were stairs in the lobby. Nobody called the Department of Justice. Pool-mageddon from the Washington Times…
The Justice Department on Thursday issued a 60-day stay of executive for hundreds of thousands of public pools which had been required to install ramps and wheelchair lifts by today or else face lawsuits over violating disability laws.
President Obama in 2010 dramatically expanded the rules for access under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the new regulations mean that every publicly accessible pool — from municipal facilities to hotels — must have two “accessible means of entry,” at least one of which must be a ramp or wheelchair lift. Spas must also have either a lift or a transfer system to help the disabled enter them, under the new rules.
Under the law, non-compliant facilities can be sued — and some lawmakers feared a bonanza for lawyers eager to capitalize.
The impending situation was labeled “pool-mageddon” by opponents, who said there aren’t even enough lifts available in the U.S. to make every pool accessible.
Remember, these mandates are retroactive, so – for example – pools that were built at hotels 25 years ago must adapt. I’ve asked this question multiple times … is there anything the federal government is restricted from doing anymore? The United States Constitution was all about limiting the power and scope of the federal government. They are involved with everything right down to what kids can eat for lunch at school, and this is our disease from which almost all symptoms are derived.