I don’t know about you, but when I travel I always stay in hotels with pools. I find a morning swim refreshing before a day of business meetings or family obligations. Thanks to the Obama administration, the days of the hotel pool may be numbered. As of today, as USA Today reports: “Hoteliers must have pool lifts to provide disabled people equal access to pools and whirlpools, or at least have a plan in place to acquire a lift. If they don’t, they face possible civil penalties of as much as $55,000. ” H/t: Walter Olson @ Cato.
Olson goes on to explain, citing Conn Carroll at the Washington Examiner, that many pool operators initially assumed they could just purchase a portable lift that could be wheeled over to poolside on user request and stored when not in use.
“No such luck: the Obama administration has announced that the lifts must not only be of permanent construction, but must apply to each separate “water feature”, so that a pool with adjoining spa would need two of them. “Each lift costs between $3,000 and $10,000 and installation can add $5,000 to $10,000 to the total.”
Apparently, more than a few hotels are simply opting to “shutter their pools until further notice” rather than incur the legal shakedown by the ADA plaintiffs bar. Under Obama, the regulators have truly gone off the deep end.