Poolmageddon Gets A 60 Day Stay Of ExecutionBy: Richard Stalker - March 16, 2012
The completely outrageous act by the Department of Justice that people have labeled “PoolMageddon”, has been issued a 60 day stay of executive . The American with Disabilities move would have forced hunders of thousands of pools “to supply a lift that is suitable for transporting disabled patrons from their wheelchairs into the water. This means that if a resort has multiple pools and spas, there must be a permanently fixed lift for at least one spa, and one pool.”
The big cost of this is the problem. As the revenue streams for municipalities around the country have been hit hard, public pools have been on the chopping blocks. Each pool lift can cost between $8,000 and $20,000 to purchase and install.
Sens. Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham, both South Carolina Republicans, were trying to speed a bill through the Senate on Thursday to lift the regulations, but it did not see action before the chamber adjourned. Lawmakers won’t be back until Monday.
Late Thursday the Obama administration acted, granting its 60-day reprieve and saying it will also float the idea of a full six-month extension to give pools “additional time to address misunderstandings regarding compliance.”
“DOJ have been forced to admit they made a big overreach and are now retreating with a two-month delay on this unnecessary regulation,” said Wesley Denton, a spokesman for Mr. DeMint. He said his boss will still to try to pass his bill.”This isn’t over,” he said. “Senator DeMint will continue fighting to stop this big government mandate from being implemented so public pools can have the flexibility to work directly with people with disabilities.”