In a suit filed Dec. 28, 2017, Timothy Cleveland alleges that when he visited the Cannery Row Brewing Company on Dec. 30, 2015, and tried to use the downstairs restrooms, he was told the elevator was out of service. “He was informed the nearest accessible restrooms were in a parking structure that would have required him to navigate outside the restaurant and encounter steep slopes,”
Cannery Row Business Sued Over ADA
Make the business that use the public walkway as added square footage pay for it as mentioned here six years ago.
“Up until this point people just went and did it, and they actually encroach upon our sidewalk,” said Mark Brodeur, with the city of Pacific Grove.
Broduer said the new rules require tables and chairs only take up 45 percent of the sidewalk and that 5 feet be available to meet Americans with Disabilities Act compliance rules. He said there are still a number of places that currently have outdoor seating that have not applied for a permit. He expects those owners to apply at a second scheduled meeting.
Pacific Grove is waiving the permit application fee for six months, allowing anyone who already has the seating to apply for the newly required permit and comply for free.
Lighthouse Avenue Dot Com Idea Comes True
The committee, made up of residents with a wide range of disabilities, first surveyed all city properties and put together a list of changes to comply with federal ADA standards, signed into law in 1990.
Members of the committee, whose volunteer work is often performed by municipal employees in other cities, say they helped transform Pacific Grove into a town that is accessible to handicapped residents.
The fair comes as the committee is considering expanding its work and serving in an advisory capacity for businesses, connecting shopkeepers with agencies that can help businesses become more accessible or simply sharing information that about complying with ADA that might be hard to find, Garcia said.
Volunteer advisers helping solve access issues with support instead of lawsuits. That’s the way it should be.
ADA Compliance Advisory Committee Works For The Good Of All