Published: Apr 19, 2012 11:44 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 20, 2012 12:37 AM EDT

 The federal government wants to make sure anyone, no matter their physical ability, can use a swimming pool.


Changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2010 require all public pools to have wheelchair lifts installed by next month.

Most local pools though, are already ahead of the curve.

All Lee County Recreation Pools have been in compliance for years.

The county's ADA Officer for Parks and Rec, Amanda Gutierrez, says they saw ahead of time that the regulations were coming, and used that as a guideline.

She says, "a community is not a community if they disregard the feelings of just one person or anybody, so we program for everybody in the community."

The lifts can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 plus installation. She says the lift located at North Fort Myers Pool was about $4,000.

Audrey Sizelove takes advantage of the wheelchair lift at North Fort Myers. She has trouble getting out of the pool because of her left leg, so she uses the lift after her water aerobics class.

She says she wouldn't be able to go to the class if it wasn't for the lift.

All pools are supposed to have the lifts in place by May 21.

The Stars Complex pool is the only city of Fort Myers pool that currently does not have a lift, but staff members expect one will be installed soon.

Changes in the requirements also mandate the lifts be bolted down. Lee County is in the process of doing so.