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      Extension granted in pool lift mandate

      A new law requiring lifts at all public pools was supposed to go into effect March 15, but the White House has issued a 60-day extension.

      The lifts are being required under the Americans with Disabilities Act, to give the disabled better access to public pools.

      Under the new guidelines, a pool under 300 linear feet must provide one means of access that's a sloped entry or a pool lift. For larger pools, there must be two means of access which can be a pool lift, sloped entry, pool stairs, transfer wall or transfer system. Wading pools must have a sloped entry. Spas and lazy rivers also fall under the regulations.

      South Carolina Representative Mick Mulvaney and Arizona Senator John Boozman are fighting the act. Hoteliers on the Grand Strand were concerned about the costs of the lifts.

      They say they support the ADA, but needed a more realistic deadline to meet the requirement.