Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia Appeal Court Denies Wealthy Couple Oceanfront Swimming Pool

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia Appeal Court Denies Wealthy Couple Oceanfront Swimming Pool

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Top court denies couple oceanfront pool

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HALIFAX - A wealthy Halifax couple who took their quest for an oceanfront swimming pool all the way to Nova Scotia's highest court have lost.

John and Esther Ghosn built a mansion on the Northwest Arm, a picturesque inlet off Halifax harbour, and wanted a pool overlooking the water.

A ruling Wednesday from the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal made it clear why.

"It's a lovely spot," the court said about the Northwest Arm in a decision released Wednesday. "The Arm's properties roll down to saltwater that laps on a sheltered shore just a stroll from the city's amenities."

The couple's application was denied by the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). It said under land-use bylaws the pool was too close to the water's edge, less than the required 30 feet, although the setback was deep enough under the city's swimming pool bylaw.

The Ghosns undertook great expense to make room for the pool by extending their property into the Arm, which was allowed because their property includes an historic water lot. …

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