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Many Public Pools May Be Closed by Disability Mandate

Recorded on March 20, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

I have friends in wheelchairs, and you may, too. You probably try to assist them, simply because it's the right thing to do.

But in the name of helping the disabled, the Department of Justice is making threats. Owners of public swimming pools, like at motels, can be fined $55,000 for the first violation, plus face lawsuits, unless they install mechanical lifts to help disabled persons enter and exit the pool. This was to start last week, but is delayed until May.

300,000 motel, hotel, and public pools are affected. These pool lifts can run 5- to 20-thousand dollars. No matter what they do, pool owners face a huge expense.

Don't be surprised if they close the pools because the feds make it too expensive. Then the handicapped still don't get to take a dip, and neither will your kids on your family vacation.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.