It's Safe to Go Back into the Pool in Riverhead

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Google Earth
    Riverhead from space.

    Big Brother's not watching anymore. At least not the pool.

    Council members in the town of Riverhead have voted to stop using Google Earth to check whether all pools are properly permitted.

    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.