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Miami Springs to offer lower recreational fees for people with disabilities


Special to the Miami Herald

Miami Springs council members voted unanimously this month to offer lower recreational fees for certified disabled children and adults.

“A lot of residents raised this concern,” said Mayor Zavier Garcia. “They knew of another family that couldn’t take their family or kids to the pool or the gym to throw the ball around because it was too expensive.”

Effective immediately, the certified disabled rate will the same as the senior citizens’ rate, which is half price. The annual membership rates are as follows:

• Gym/fitness room: adults 18 and over, $150; disabled users, $75.

• Open swim: adults 18 and over, $80; disabled users, $40.

For one-time visits, the fees are $4 for adults 18 and over, $2 for disabled users.

A disabled child or adult is “certified,” according to the city, when that person has met the “Social Security Administration Federal Regulations Disability Standards.”

That means the person must be “qualified to receive Supplemental Security Income and/or Social Security Disability Insurance from the Social Security Administration.”

City employees, council members and immediate family members, under age 25, will continue to enjoy free access to the pool, gym and fitness room.

For information, call 305-805-5000.

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