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Lawsuit over disabled access to San Diego beach moves ahead

(AP) -- A federal judge has declined to dismiss a federal civil rights lawsuit that claims a children's beach in La Jolla is denying access to the physically disabled.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Saturday that the judge denied a request from the city of San Diego to dismiss the lawsuit in a Sept. 30 ruling.

The lawsuit, filed in June 2013, claims that disabled people are deprived from accessing Children's Pool Beach because the only way to get to the beach is a steep flight of stairs.

The city argued that adding a ramp would destroy the historic integrity of the beach, a breakwater built in 1931 with a large wall designed to provide easier access to ocean swimming for young people.

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