Karen Jacobs Accessibility for All Award
TAMPA, FL – August 1, 2016 –The 2016 recipient of this prestigious award is Mr. Troy Manthey, owner of the Yacht Starship Dining Cruises and Pirate Water Taxi. Manthey responded immediately to reports of safety concerns regarding access to his water taxis by mobility-impaired persons, who use assistive devices. On May 23rd, 2016 he organized and personally attended a tour with Alliance members along with an official from the Tampa Parks and Recreation Department of all 15 water taxi dock stops. He observed the safety issues and subsequently modified the water taxis with enhanced accessibility features for individuals who use walkers, canes, crutches and wheelchairs to more safely enter and exit the vessels.