Strip Club Caught Trying To Ignore Accessibility Law
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 16, 2006
FORT WAYNE, INDIANA--When Shangri-La East opens, it will be Fort Wayne's largest strip club -- and the only one designed specifically for that purpose.
It will also be accessible to patrons with disabilities.
Or it simply will not open.
Allen County Building Commissioner Dave Fuller told the News-Sentinel that the new building's owner has been ordered to install an elevator in the five-level structure to comply with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.
Fuller said that the county had approved the original building plans, but that during a routine inspection it was discovered that Shangri-La East operations manager Dino Zurzolo had changed the designs.
Zurzolo said he figured that customers in wheelchairs would not have missed anything if they stayed in the ground floor because all of the dancers will work on every level.
"This is incredible, and not rational," said Zurzolo, who had planned to open the club on March 1. "We'll probably have one or two disabled people in here a year."
Fuller said that the federal law requires all levels open to the public to be accessible. While it may seem strange to require an elevator in a strip club, Fuller said, "if we let one go, everybody will want us to make an exception."