Permit mandate for nonpermanent pools sparks outrage

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There's some outrage from Long Islanders over permits required for nonpermanent pools.

On Wednesday, News 12 reported on Ronald Hoffman, a Baldwin man who says he was shocked to learn he needed a permit from the Town of Hempstead for what he calls a $100 kiddie pool.

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The story resulted in hundreds of comments on News 12's Facebook page. Glenn Montrowl who posted, "Call it what it is ! A TAX ! More revenue harvesting."

Patricia Lavin says, "It's not a permanent pool and he has a fence around the yard for crying out loud.the town is just out of control."

And Barbara Hollander: "I would think that not too many people know about this requirement!"

Seven of Long Island's 10 townships say they require a permit for most pools 18 inches or deeper. The three towns from which News 12 did not hear back are Babylon, Riverhead and Oyster Bay.

Huntington Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci says it comes down to safety. A permit in that town costs $150.

Rachel Levine, of Woodbury, says she wouldn't shell out extra money for such a small pool. But Syosset's Jean Smith says you can't put a price on safety.

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