The nanny state never takes a break, not even in the middle of a hot summer day.
Pennsylvania Watchdog.org by Kevin Glass
Every summer, Justyn Myers and Jake Long organize Philadelphia’s Cedar Street Block Party, a day of fun and festivities for residents in the Olde Richmond neighborhood. Like any good block party, there’s plenty of music and food, but in the middle of a heat wave on the Eastern seaboard they wanted to up the ante with an impromptu pool.
So the organizers rented an old dumpster, cleaned it out, sealed it, put down a tarp on it and filled it with water. Voila! Instant pool for a hot summer block party.
There’s only one problem: Philadelphia bureaucrats.
Yes, this little dumpster pool was highly illegal, according to the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections.
“A building permit is required to put up, even temporarily, any pool that is longer and/or wider than 12 feet and that holds water at a depth greater than two feet,” said Karen Guss, communications director for L&I, to Billy Penn.
Indeed, according to Myers, the day of the pool party, L&I left signs on their soon-to-be-dumpster-pool with the word “permits?” on them.
If that weren’t enough, the city then decided it had been too soft: City Hall issued a statement through Guss that, even if these kinds of pools were technically legal if permitted correctly, they would refuse to issue permits should anyone attempt something similar — and that the Cedar Street block party would not receive any permits, pools or otherwise, to operate in the future[…]
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