Glen Cove mayor pushes for ban on pool rental app after near drowning incident

Glen Cove's mayor is advocating for a ban on a pool rental app after a near-drowning incident, citing safety concerns, inadequate insurance coverage and the potential risks posed by inexperienced swimmers, while the community remains divided over the issue.

News 12 Staff

Aug 22, 2023, 9:50 PM

Updated 246 days ago


In response to a recent near-drowning incident, Glen Cove's mayor is advocating for a ban on a swimming pool rental app due to safety concerns.
The app, similar to Airbnb, enables users to rent pools by the hour. Giacomo Minella, a local pool company owner, supports the Mayor's stance, citing accident risks and insufficient insurance coverage.
Mayor Pamela Panzenbeck aims to halt transient pool rentals, highlighting the danger posed by inexperienced swimmers. A public hearing is underway, with the town of Hempstead already implementing a similar ban.
Swimply, the app in question, offers hourly pool rentals from $70 to $299, promising up to $2 million in liability coverage. However, concerns linger over potential accidents exceeding this coverage.

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