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Attorney in wheelchair said Jacksonville lacks access on curb ramps

8:17 PM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
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  • Sidewalk with no handicapped curb ramp cut out.
  • This is a properly installed curb ramp, which occurs on new developement, but city slow in repairing existing sidewalks says local disabled man.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Local attorney Bob Davis has been in a wheelchair since 1999.

He said getting around downtown Jacksonville is very difficult for a disabled person like himself.

The problem, according to Davis, is many sidewalks don't have handicapped curb ramps cut out. He said the lack of curb ramps makes it harder to get around in the city.

For example, at Washington and Adams streets near the jail, one corner has a curb ramp, but the other three corners do not. 

"We can't get across the street, we can't get around the same way other people do," said Davis. "I can't tell you how many times I have been stopped by a Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer. They say 'You can't be in the street' and when I bring it to their attention that there isn't a sidewalk cut out, that I have to cross the street at a driveway, they are just as appalled as the rest of us."

Davis said a lot of sidewalks were fixed before Jacksonville hosted the Super Bowl in 2005, but since then, it has been slow going.

"The city is going through some serious growing pains," Davis said. 

Beth Meyer, the city's Disabled Services manager said the city is now working with the state to identify sidewalks that need to be repaired.

Meyer said there is money in the budget to make the changes and the city will make as many repairs as possible.

Meyer asks that disabled people notify the city of any repairs they think are necessary.

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