Smaller pools are only required to have one means of entry, either a lift or a sloped alternative to pool steps. Large pools -- longer than 300 feet -- must have two accessible entries, with at least one being a sloped entry or pool lift.
There are exceptions for areas where there are multiple spas or places with river-like water zones and sand bottom pools.
The two sides disagree about whether some of the regulations are feasible and how quickly the changes can be implemented. One of the biggest issues under debate is the question of fixed lifts versus portable lifts.
Helena Berger, executive vice president and chief operating officer of AAPD, said her organization is arguing for permanent lifts rather than portable models because they tend to be easier to use and more readily accessible. But the fixed lifts, with a cost estimated at about $8,000 each, can require additional space by the pool and sometimes require digging up concrete and placing electrical conduits.
Berger sees this as a manageable cost. "Think of all the money being spent for flat-screen TVs in hotels," she said. "From a monetary point of view, for many of these hotels, it would not be a hardship to purchase fixed lifts and make the other accommodations."
But Marlene Colucci, executive vice president for policy for the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), in Washington, D.C., said that while the hotel industry is committed to implementing the recommendations, many hotels, small and large, are facing problems: "Our industry really wants to accommodate guests and it's in our best interest to do that, but we want to provide access safely fo
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