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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.

courtesy of rdorothyp - Instagram

courtesy of rdorothyp – Instagram

“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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