Earlier this year we reported that the same thing is being done in Britain. Note that the building inspector says the spying is for our safety. Government intrusions of this sort are always for our safety, never tax revenue, whether we ask for government protection from ourselves or not.
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – A town on New York’s Long Island is using Google Earth to find backyard pools that don’t have the proper permits.
The town of Riverhead has used the satellite image service to find about 250 pools whose owners never filled out the required paperwork.
Violators were told to get the permits or face hefty fines. So far about $75,000 in fees has been collected.
Riverhead’s chief building inspector Leroy Barnes Jr. said the unpermitted pools were a safety concern. He said that without the required inspections there was no way to know whether the pools’ plumbing, electrical work and fencing met state and local regulations.
“Pool safety has always been my concern,” Barnes said.
Read more at Fox New York.