Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Barack Obama - #3730 - Trial Lawyers Unwrap Obama Gift on Americans With Disabilities Act - Hot Air

HOW MANY COMMUNITY POOLS WILL NOT BE FINANCIALLY ABLE TO COMPLY, SORRY KIDS ........
Tomorrow, a new rule from the Obama administration on the American with Disabilities Act goes into force — and trial lawyers will have a brand new knife to plunge into the backs of community recreational facililties and commercial swimming venues: The DOJ has been issuing a growing wave of such guidelines over the years, reaching an ever larger portion of business activities. In September 2010, the DOJ issued guidelines for “recreational facilities,” including a new rule that all public access swimming pools must provide a lift capable of moving disabled patrons from their wheelchairs into the water. Compliance with the rule requires pool owners to have a lift for each “water element” in their facility. So if your local community pool also has a spa, both the spa and the pool must be “accessible.” But if you have two spas, don’t worry, only one lift is required. In fact, most people in the swimming pool industry thought that one portable lift would be enough. Pool owners claim they were led to believe that, as long as they had one device that could be wheeled out whenever someone needed help getting into or out of a pool or spa, there would be no need intrusive permanent fixtures.  All 300,000 public pools in the United States must install a permanent fixed lift. The deadline for compliance is tomorrow, March 15. Call it “Poolmageddon.”........There is no way all 300,000 pools can install permanent lifts by Thursday. There simply are not enough lifts in existence or enough people who know how to install them, according to industry spokesmen. Plus, each lift costs between $3,000 and $10,000 and installation can add $5,000 to $10,000 to the total..... Read more.......

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