Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce and Visitors' Bureau and Downtown Association are hosting a public roundtable discussion regarding a recent slew of allegations that Coastside businesses are in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. today at Mac Dutra Park.

ADA lawsuits can result in fines up to $75,000 for the first violation and $150,000 for additional violations, but costs can rise even more when plaintiffs win and request their legal fees to be covered by the defendant.

A statement from the chamber said that it received a call from a local business that warned that ADA lawsuits could be hitting Half Moon Bay. The chamber requested that anyone who has experience with ADA lawsuits, received a lawsuit notice, or are professionals with expertise in this area join the meeting.

— August Howell

August Howell is a staff writer for the Review covering city government and public safety. Previously, he was the Review’s community, arts and sports reporter. He studied journalism at the University of Oregon.

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