Battle Over Wheelchair Lift Leaves Woman Stranded In Condo
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 22, 2005
LAKE PARK, FLORIDA--A dispute between the partner of a woman with multiple sclerosis and her condominium association continues to leave the woman stranded in her second-floor unit, the Palm Beach Post reported Monday.
Lynda Steltz, 46, has been stuck in her condominium since her 14-year partner, Rocco Pellegrino, carried her up the stairs for the last time in July. Pellegrino then purchased a $10,000 wheelchair lift for the mother of his two children.
When the lift arrived and Pellegrino applied for the proper permit to install it, the city informed him that he needed to first get authorization from the Harbor View Condominium Association. But, Pellegrino says, the association has blocked his plan by, among other things, insisting he repair windows damaged by last year's hurricanes.
"It's despicable. It's despicable," said Vince Larkins, president of the Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches, which plans to file a federal discrimination lawsuit if the association does not let Pellegrino install the wheelchair lift soon. "This woman is trapped in her home."
"We are not going to sit back and let this young person be imprisoned by people who don't have sensitivity toward people with disabilities," Larkins said.
"Dispute over wheelchair lift coops condo owner in home" (Palm Beach Post)