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Wheelchair issues cause concern at Seafood Museum

The museum is now working to complete its parking lot construction to comply with ADA laws. (Image source: WLOX News.) The museum is now working to complete its parking lot construction to comply with ADA laws. (Image source: WLOX News.)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum has been open for a couple of weeks now in Biloxi. However, a recent incident has raised concerns as to whether the museum is fully ready for visitors.

According to museum and city officials, the site is fully functional, but a recent incident involving an individual in a wheelchair has people wondering if the building conforms to Americans with Disabilities Act regulations.

The city issued a 30 day certificate of occupancy so the museum could open on its planned date. The museum is now working to complete its parking lot construction to comply with ADA laws. Director of Community Development Jerry Creel said the incident occurred because of a lack of following directions.

"It's my understanding that what happened there was that the people involved tried to take a short cut and go up a ramp that was not designed for handicap accessibility. Accessible routes are there for a reason," said Creel. "You have to follow them. It's the area without any barriers in the way that will get you close to the elevator."

After the 30 day certificate has run out, the museum will be officially inspected for ADA compliance along with other criteria.

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