The North Carolina Beachfront Resort and Spa is now offering guests with a disability parking at its North Carolina hotel without a handicap space, but the city has been reluctant to allow them.
“We’re open to everyone, but for us to provide parking for our guests with mobility needs, we need to make sure that we’re giving parking to everyone,” said Steve Pemberton, senior vice president of public relations for the North Carolina beachfront resorts, in an interview with ABC News.
In 2016, the city of Asheville enacted a city-wide policy prohibiting handicap parking at the beachfront.
But Pembertons company, Oceanfront Properties, which owns the hotel, says the policy has not been enforced.
The North Carolina resort has three parking garages for guests, according to its website.
However, it does not have a handicapped parking spot for handicapped guests, Pemberts said.
Pemberton says Oceanfront was unable to reach city officials for comment on the policy, and did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News about the hotel’s policy.
In February 2017, a judge ruled in favor of Oceanfront, ordering the city to change its policy and allow handicap access to its hotel rooms, according a news release from the hotel.
The hotel is now planning to open a new parking garage on the hotel lot and add an accessible handicap accessible parking space, Pemerton said.