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L AW R EV I EW

In the case of Perez v. Lake County Rowing
Association, Perez filed suit against Lake
County Rowing Association and the City of
Clermont, Florida, asserting violation of the
Americans with Disabilities Act.

ADA Challenge to Segregation of
Program Participant
By James C. Kozlowski, J.D., Ph.D.

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n the case of Perez v. Lake County Rowing Association, 2021 U.S. Dist.
LEXIS 23945 (M.D. Fla. 1/5/2021), Evelyn Perez, as next friend and
grandmother of minor F.V., filed suit against Lake County Rowing
Association (LCRA), a Florida nonprofit corporation, and the City
of Clermont, Florida (the City), asserting claims for failure to accommodate her grandson in a rowing program in violation of the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA). 
LCRA was formed on December
11, 2012, as part of an economic development project developed
by the Leadership Lake County
Class of 2010. The stated purpose
of LCRA is " to educate the public about non-motorized boats and
rowing sports; to increase community involvement in the same
while at the same time effectuating the economic development of
Lake County through recruiting

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and coordinating athletic events;
and, to undertake such activities
as will further the general purposes
described herein. " As part of its
purpose, LCRA is tasked with
hosting at least one regatta per year
in which multiple rowing crews
would be invited to participate in a
5K race. LCRA also offers summer
camp and after-school programs.
LCRA utilizes the City's boathouse for carrying out its events

and programs.
In 2014, the City built the boathouse, boat dock system and related infrastructure. The City entered
into a Capital Projects Funding
Program with Lake County and
applied to Lake County for Tourist Development Taxes to assist
with financing the construction
of the rowing infrastructure. The
boathouse was constructed to assist with economic development of
Lake County, permitting LCRA,
Central Florida Sports Commission and Lake County Sports
Development to host a variety of
rowing events. The City owns the
boathouse and provides general
building and property maintenance
for it.



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