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A restaurant opened in the Southport area in a spot where another closed. The restrooms there are not wheelchair accessible. Is it not a law that all restaurants must provide restrooms for its customers?

Shelby Sebens
StarNews

When a new restaurant opens up in an existing facility, it is not necessarily required to bring the bathrooms up to code.

County building inspector Delaney Aycock said the county cannot force the restaurant to change the structure unless it is changing the use of the building.

Southport Building Inspector Wayne Strickland said if the building is being remodeled, then an owner is required to use a portion of his or her budget to increase the accessibility, starting with the entrance.

He said a lot of old buildings in the area do not have the size to make them handicapped-accessible.

Strickland said normally if a remodel is taking place, the city would require handrails and try to ensure it was made as accessible as possible.

If walls are being taken out, the facility must be brought up to code.

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One Response to “ A restaurant opened in the Southport area in a spot where another closed. The restrooms there are not wheelchair accessible. Is it not a law that all restaurants must provide restrooms for its customers?”

  1. On March 4, 2010 at 10:21 am jynnifer wrote:

    I think every place should allow anyone who is in a wheelchair be able to visit there restaurant. It’s only fair. they can’t help they are in the situation they are in.It might make you more money besause there is not to many places that are wheelchair friendly, but it should not really be about the money it’s called human compassion.Just because you are in a wheelchair does not mean your dead!! Some people like to get out and enjoy a good meal instead of eating at home all the time stop and think if it was you how would you feel?



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