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ADA Complaint Resolved at Longshore Inn, Pearl

An agreement has been reached resolving an American with Disabilities Act (ADA) complaint against the Inn at Longshore, Pearl at Longshore and the town, U.S. Attorney John H. Durham’s office announced today.

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the restaurant and the inn worked quickly and cooperatively to address the ADA issues. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The settlement agreements resolve an ADA complaint filed by an individual with disabilities alleging that the Inn and Pearl, which lease from the town, were not accessible for individuals with physical disabilities.

According to today’s announcement, Durham said the inn and restaurant ownership worked quickly and cooperatively with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to address the ADA issues without litigation, “and that the Town of Westport offered critical and expeditious support in facilitating settlement of these matters.”

“We appreciate the cooperation of the ownership of the Inn at Longshore and the Pearl at Longshore Restaurant, as well as the leadership of the Town of Westport, all of which contributed to the quick resolution of this matter,” Durham said.

Durham’s office said the inn, restaurant and town are in the process of making the changes required by the settlement agreements.

They include: increasing the accessibility of the entrance to the inn; doubling the number of accessible parking spaces; adding an accessible bathroom for use by restaurant patrons and visitors to the inn; providing guest rooms with communication features; ensuring the restaurant’s porch is accessible; and increasing the number of accessible dining seats within the restaurant.

Durham said restaurant improvements will continue for the next six months and over the next two years at the inn.

The announcement added that any member of the public who wishes to file a complaint alleging that any place of public accommodation or public entity in Connecticut is not accessible to persons with disabilities may contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office at (203)821-3700.

Additional information about the ADA can be found at http://www.ada.gov, or by calling the Justice Department at (800) 514-0301 and (800) 514-0383 (TTY). More information about the Civil Rights Division and the laws it enforces is available at http://www.justice.gov/crt.

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