Is America drowning in over-regulation?
Your local public swimming pool may be forced to close this year for lack of having a “Permanently” installed pool lift. The ADA with the backing of Obama’s Department of Justice in all its infinite wisdom has decided to mandate that all public swimming pools now have these pool/chair-lifts installed at all swimming facilities that offer access to the public. This includes private membership facilities as well as county and school facilities.
Did Cass Sunstein ever bother to determine what the economic impact would be on these pools in neighborhood subdivisions that can just squeak out enough to pay the pool boy? How are they going to afford to stay open when they have to part with as much as $7000.00 for a pool-lift chair. Perhaps as high as $10,000.00 with deliver and installation cost added. This does not cover any foreseeable maintenance or replacement issues.
If a pool gets cited after March 15th 2012 for not having a permanently installed lift in place they can be fined up to $50,000.00 dollars. If the pool owners manage to survive this initial gouge by the DOJ and don’t fall into bankruptcy and they fail to comply on a second inspection, the pool owners/operators will be fined $100,000.00 dollars.
On July 26, 2010, the US Department of Justice released updated ADA Standards for Accessible Design. …….
Among the updates for a number of facility types were new requirements specifically for public swimming pools. The level of accessibility depends on the size and type of the pool. For pools under 300 linear feet in size, the ADA Standard for Accessible Design calls for one means of access, which must be either ADA-compliant swimming pool lifts or a sloped entry. Pools with greater than 300 linear feet of pool wall must also have a second means of access. This second means can either be another chair lift or ramp, or it can also be a transfer wall, a transfer system or pool stairs.
This new legislation was initially passed on July 23, 2010 and became law on September 15, 2010 after being published in the Federal Register. This new legislation requires commercial swimming pools to institute approved means of access for their pools (pool lifts and/or a sloped entry) on or before March 15, 2012. Source swimtownpools.com/
Once again Obama and his regulators are going to be putting thousands of people out of work, Pool boys, lifeguards, swim instructors even the pool chemical companies will take a bath on this one. This may all have been born of good motives in order to protect the rights of the disabled to take part in activities like everyone else. But sometimes the absurdity of a regulation can remove freedoms for everyone and it winds up hurting the intended target even further.
Think about it. Even before the pool/chair-lift was installed at least the swimming pool was open for business. The handicapped that visited the pool may have required assistance to get into the pool but at least the pool was open for them to get into. Perhaps not so much with this new over- expensive regulation. It will have warming effect on many would be sun bathers and pool goers this summer that was not intended but none the less applied.
So when you can’t get a cool glass of lemonade or go for s swim this summer, be sure you know what administration to thank..