”…The federal government sought to make public pools, including hotel pools, accessible for people with disabilities in 2010. There are about 51,000 hotels in the USA, and the majority have some kind of a pool…”
The U.S. Justice Department will grant the hotel industry at least a 60-day extension for complying with a new rule aimed at making existing hotel pools compliant with the 22-year-old Americans With Disabilities Act. It’s a decision that the hotel industry lobbied hard for at the 11th hour, as a number of hotel owners and managers suggested they might close their pools or fill in their whirlpools due to the uncertainty the new rules created.
For more: http://travel.usatoday.com/hotels/post/2012/03/hotel-pool-lifts-deadlines-her-confusion-persists/648998/1
“…A multi-million dollar lawsuit is filed in Richmond Civil Court, by the husband of the woman killed outside of a downtown Richmond hotel, allegedly by a valet driver for that hotel…Court documents say that (the valet) pulled out of the driveway of the hotel and instead of turning onto the street, he turned left down the sidewalk and ran right into (the woman)…”
“…Among those named in the suit is the Hilton Garden Inn. And the valet company employed at the hotel…”
In (the civil lawsuit) — Stone’s husband, John, lays out the pain, sorrow and anguish he’s been dealing. Stone died just a few days before their wedding anniversary. The suit says Josephine Stone’s death was a direct result of the negligence, recklessness and a conscious disregard for her rights and safety. The total amount wanted: more than 12 million dollars.
The Hilton released this statement, saying, “We deeply regret the tragic loss of any life especially this promising young person. We continue to work with the third party operator, parking management services, on this matter and will continue to cooperate with local authorities as we have done since this tragic accident. We continue to keep the stone family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.”
Gray is facing a involuntary manslaughter charge as well. That is set to go to a trial on May 25th.
For more: http://www.nbc12.com/story/17170161/civil-lawsuit-filed-in-woman-killed-outside-richmond-hotel