Applications to build pools on residential properties in New Canaan increased 33% through the first half 2020 from the prior year, from nine to 12, town officials say. The figure is also six times the number of pool permit applications that the town received in the first half of 2018, according to the New Canaan Building Department.
Chief Building Official Brian Platz said the increase likely is resulting from a desire to enjoy residential properties more as people spend more time at home amid the COVID-19 public health emergency, as well as a strong local real estate market. “I guess people figure that if I”m going to be stuck at home, I might as well be stuck in a pool,” Platz told NewCanaanite.com.
According to the most recent town-wide update from First Selectman Kevin Moynihan, made last Wednesday, New Canaan has seen 223 positive cases of COVID-19 virus since March 11. Moynihan did not provide an update on New Canaan coronavirus disease fatalities. The figure stood at 43 on June 28, according to a chart on the town website.