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City must assure ADA compliance

November 21, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

I work for a disability law firm located at 47th Terrace in Cape Coral, the area being reshaped by the Streetscape Project. I'm not writing to complain about parking spaces. I'm writing to keep government accountable in upholding the rights of disabled persons.

In 1993, the Florida Legislature enacted the "Florida Americans with Disability Accessibility Implementation Act" adding the architectural accessibility rules of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) into Florida Law. In 1995 the ADA released standards placing the most significant rules of accessibility on new construction and alterations, its first priority being that disabled persons "should be able to arrive on the site, approach the building, and enter as freely as everyone else. At least 1 route of travel should be safe and accessible for everyone, including those with disabilities." Florida Law gives local government the responsibility to enforce the provisions of the ADA accessibility laws (FS 553.513).

The city should ensure my law firm is accessible to clients during the Streetscape project. If my office's entrance is blocked by construction, then the city should create a new access to our building.

Alexandra Galante

Cape Coral



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