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Handicap parking

North Carolina state statues and the federal ADA do not exempt handicap people from paying a fee. The City of Wilmington is giving those with a valid placard a blessing by not charging at a metered space in the city limits. In addition, the time limit is rescinded as well. The parking deck costs the city money to run. Especially, on weekend nights because of the additional security. That is why all spaces have a fee. As to all of those who participate in handicap fraud, no one group can totally monitor others poor choices. It is difficult to visually identify someone as having a disability because many suffer from an invisible disability, such as COPD. Handicap parking is a lose-lose situation because you can't please all the people all the time. For all those passing judgment, I have a son with CP who ambulates in a power wheelchair, so I am very familar with the difficulty of parking in this town. My vote is for universal design which takes ADA up to the technology that currently exists. Unfortunately, that requires more space.


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