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Brian Kelly
FSPA President

As the calendar flips and the new year begins, we are reminded that with a new year, new challenges present themselves to our businesses and our industry. We certainly have our ongoing, daily routines, and our focus on keeping our businesses operational and profitable take precedence over most other issues that may arise. But circumstances and events that have a tremendous effect on our bottom lines often seem out of our control.

Or are they?

Workers’ compensation, insurance requirements, licensing guidelines, scope of work, and other outside variables all have a tremendous impact on how we run our businesses and how profitable they are for the year. Often times we, the “little guys,” feel that we are helpless in dealing with these issues. But as a member of the Florida Swimming Pool Association, we have a voice. The strength of our membership numbers and organizational structure allow us to deal directly with many of the agencies that dictate and formulate these standards and requirements. More importantly, we are able to deal with the very politicians who reside on committees which have a direct impact on these very important issues.

Beginning January 16, the FSPA will again assemble on Capitol Hill in Tallahassee to meet with our legislators and discuss these very important issues. Our members will sit down with approximately 75 different government representatives, from your local senators and congressman to the heads of the DBPR.  Furthermore, the FSPA will host a luncheon on the 22nd floor of the capitol building open to all legislators to expose our industry to even more policy and decision makers.

These face-to-face meetings, and subsequent follow-up political contributions, have an invaluable effect on the issues which directly affect our bottom lines. When we are physically in front of our legislators we, in layman terms, can explain the true effects these decisions have on our businesses. We can offer detailed scenarios and actual experiences that can enlighten them on the reality of these decisions.

The newly formed PIPAC and PIC initiatives are designed to help support these meetings. By supporting the legislators who agree with our objectives and understand our challenges, we can speak with a louder voice, a unified front, and an industry that is both sound of leadership and clear of direction.

Currently, the FSPA membership has contributed almost $100,000 to PIPAC for this new initiative. In addition, the support of the national manufacturers and distributors has been extremely promising.

Please help the FSPA express the concerns and issues which affect all of our businesses. Whether it is attending Legislative Days, volunteering with a local political representative, or committing to one of the PIPAC initiatives, we need our members to help. Together we are no longer the little guys, but an organization which, together, can face these new challenges head on.

Wishing you and your families a healthy, happy and prosperous new year.

Strengthen and leverage your collective voice with the Pool Industry PAC (PIPAC)

The Pool Industry PAC

  • Assists the legislative and political efforts of the Florida Swimming Pool Association.
  • Strives for the improvement of government by taking a more active and effective role in government affairs.
  • Encourages pool professionals to understand the nature and actions of their government.
  • Supports candidates for election at the local and state levels who share the views on issues important to the pool industry.

Why give?

The pool industry has been dealing with monumental issues including the scope of work within a pool license, potentially impacting daily operations of your businesses. FSPA has been in reactive mode because of decisions being made by bureaucrats, individuals and boards who may not have the expertise of pool industry professionals.

PIPAC funds will allow FSPA to strengthen and leverage the collective voice in support of sound public policy regarding the safety of the products produced and installed by the pool industry, and create and sustain an environment in which their businesses can grow.

PIPAC funding will help FSPA to

  • Mobilize pool professionals, vendors and customers on key local and state issues.
  • Contribute to candidates who support the views of FSPA.
  • Implement PIPAC fundraising initiatives.
  • Tap into advocacy campaign support services and tools, such as state voter database to help target messages, and consulting services to help FSPA maximize their political impact.
  • Make independent expenditures on behalf of candidates who support the FSPA agenda. PIPAC members will decide how funds are spent

What you get: 

PIPAc and FSPA will protect the profitability and future of your business. Every day this organization is advocating for you on issues that impact your business, such as scope of licensure, water quality and safety of your customers. We are also fighting for policies which benefit both your vendors and customers. You need to be able to run your business without excessive government intervention.

Visit www.poolpac.com to make your pledge today!