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RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) -- Some Long Islanders are in hot water --because of their backyard pools. The town of Riverhead, New York, is using Google Earth to find pools that don't have the proper
Originally posted by vtcajun
Sad really! Once upon a time in America, you could put a pool in your yard (above ground or below ground) until someone had the brite idea to tax it via permit. It is time we the people stand up for our private property rights. This appears to me to be nothing more than an illegal search if you are specifically looking for something without a warrant. Even accidental discovery without the proper warrants seems to me to be a violation of our most basic fundamental rights as US citizens.
Any constitutional lawyers out there care to weigh in? Murderers get off on technicalities like this all the time don't they? The permitting process is a joke in MA, VT, NY, ME, NH and suspect a few states on the west coast. Go pay a few bucks and no one ever shows up to inspect anything. Lived in MA a few years back and they were going around looking for the big blow up pools that are approx 3-5ft deep and as much as 16ft diameter, and were issuing citations for lack of permits. No special wiring needed to be done, nor was there any digging involved. How does one explain that behind a fenced in yard?