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POOL PERMITS UP

Although the coronavirus pandemic has slowed some construction categories in Sylvania Township and elsewhere it has been responsible for an increase in one.

According to statistics kept by the Sylvania Township Planning and Zoning office, requests for permits for the installation of home swimming pools more than tripled by the end of this June compared to the same time period in 2019.

Permits through June this year totaled 13 as opposed to the 4 permits issued through the same time period last year and in 2018.

Daryl Graus, manager of the planning and zoning office, said he and his staff had noticed the increase and said it seemed based on concerns related to the pandemic.

Donna Okapal. an owner of Bella Blue Pools, said her business has seen a large increase, “because people would rather use their own yards than go somewhere else,” for water-related recreation and exercise.

She noted that some swimming facilities didn’t open this year and those that have, have imposed limits. Ms. Okapal said much of the business is driven by parents who aren’t comfortable sending their children to pools which are either public or private, and  “In some cases, they don’t want their kids to go down to the neighbors’ pool where the kids have gone,” in prior summers,  she said.

 

Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer

Posted: July 28, 2020

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