RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Big Brother’s not watching anymore. At least not the pool.
Newsday reports that council members in the town of Riverhead have voted to stop using Google Earth to check whether all pools are properly permitted.READ MORE: Woman Collapses, Dies While Climbing Stairs To 19th-Floor Apartment During Power Outage In Co-Op City Exclusive: Orange County COVID Vaccine Site Ready To Go, But Organizers Say State Won't Send Them Any Doses
The town had used the satellite image service to find pools for which owners never filled out the required paperwork. Officials said the unpermitted pools were a safety concern because there was no way to know whether the pools’ plumbing, electrical work and fencing met state and local regulations without the required inspections.
The council voted Wednesday that overhead satellite images couldn’t be used as the basis or foundation for prosecutions of violations that couldn’t easily be seen from public areas.MORE NEWS: New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza Stepping Down
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