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2 Florida Pool Prosm • April 2022 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS Florida Pool Prosm © 2022 Florida Swimming Pool Association. All rights reserved. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced in any form without written permission of the publisher. 2555 Porter Lake Drive, Ste. 106 Sarasota, FL 34240 (941) 952-9293 / (866) 930-FSPA Fax: (941) 366-7433 www.FloridaPoolPro.com Association Mission: Advancing Florida’s swimming pool industry. Executive Director Elizabeth McMurray Sr. Dir. of Communications & Marketing Charis Tyson Senior Director of Government Affairs Dallas Thiesen Accounting Manager Cheryl Cotten Events & Programs Manager Jessica Johnson Office Manager Valerie Swika PR & Digital Media Specialist Alyssa Holcomb Membership Services Specialist Kelly Sauro President Mickey Sigmon Pool Pro, Inc., Fort Pierce Vice-President Don Ball The Pool Works of Florida, Inc., Largo Treasurer Ben Evans American Pools and Spas, Inc., Orlando Secretary Deidre Bedford West Coast Pools, Bradenton At-Large Director Roy Waldhauer Waldhauer & Son, Inc., Bunnell Past President Maurice Bushroe Blue Ribbon Pools, Daytona Beach Published monthly by the Florida Swimming Pool Association CONTENTS GOLDEN President's Column S *** You Should Know Spring growth Executive Director's Column 2022 FL Legislative Session Wrap-Up Hazardous material safety and DOT Service Article Expo photos! What a ride it has been, keep it going Builder Article Florida property insurance woes to continue Insurance Article Chapter News Calendar 4 4 6 9 13 18 20 23 27 41 All FSPA members are welcome to attend state Board of Directors meetings. If you would like more information or to RSVP, visit industry.floridapoolpro.com or call 800-548-6774. June 10-11 Board of Directors Meeting Westin Tampa Waterside Tampa
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4 Florida Pool Prosm • April 2022 FSPA PRESIDENT FSPA President Mickey Sigmon president@FloridaPoolPro.com GOLDEN A: No, the FPPS, CPO and other Public Pool Service Technician Certification courses do not authorize the certification holder to repair pools and spas or pool and spa equipment. These courses grant students a non-license certification (NLC) that allows them to operate and maintain (clean, test water, and apply chemicals) public swimming pools and spas. Under FloridaAdministrative Code 64E-9.018 anyone who maintains public pool must be certified and dictates the content of any course that grants certification. Currently the Florida Department of Health recognizes nine (9) non-license certification (NLC) courses that meet the Public Pool Service Technician Certification requirement for public swimming pools and spas. If you have any questions please contact FSPASenior Director of Government Affairs Dallas Thiesen at 941-952-9293 or at Dallas@FloridaPoolPro.com. S *** You Should Know Q: Does the FPPS, CPO, or any other of the Florida Public Pool Service Technician Certification courses allow someone to repair pool and spas or pool and spa equipment? At the close of this year’s Everything Under the Sunsm Expo, the Florida Swimming Pool Association has officially been showcasing our industry for 50 years. That is a landmark worth celebrating. The 50th Anniversary is the golden anniversary. Being “golden” means you are special, superb, possessing a high degree of excellence, and flourishing. The term offers a distinct example of our FSPA members - hard workers who give 110% day in and day out in the hot Florida sun, committed professionals with integrity and the will to win, steadfast volunteers, and a group of people who are devoted to better this industry and the folks within it. GOLDEN.
April 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 5 FSPA PRESIDENT On a personal level, I am certain that my business has grown as a result of my involvement with the FSPA. I have made new friends, colleagues and business partners from across the state, offering me a fresh perspective on our trade and how to make it better. I’ve learned to be a better leader by volunteering with the FSPA and its Board of Directors. Simply put, the FSPA has changed my life for the better. GOLDEN. The Florida Swimming Pool Association has always put its professionals first. Whether that’s through providing educational courses, giving out scholarships to children and families of our workers, even throwing the biggest and best party around to celebrate all that we do. We take pride in our people. GOLDEN. This year’s 50th anniversary Everything Under the Sunsm Expo was yet another GOLDEN opportunity to benefit frommembership in our organization. We hosted 4,500 attendees with more than 930 of them learning and earning credits in continuing education classes. More than 200 exhibitors offered innovative products, services, and advice specific to our industry (with tons of free swag and valuable prizes too). The Thursday night awards ceremony was our best one yet thanks to the diligence of our office staff and two dazzling hosts – Nicki Pressley-Rice and Chuck Coone, the dynamic duo. And as usual, the Friday night party at Howl at the Moon was one for the books (nobody can say us pool people don’t know how to party). GOLDEN. Thank you to everyone who attended, exhibited, instructed, volunteered and supported the 50th GOLDEN anniversary #UnderTheSunExpo2022. We couldn't have done it without you. I look forward to continuing a strong 2022 with you, working together to make this industry the best it can be. Thank you and stay GOLDEN.
6 Florida Pool Prosm • April 2022 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Spring growth Elizabeth McMurray FSPA Executive Director Elizabeth@FloridaPoolPro.com Spring has sprung and the warm Florida weather is here. Not only is my black car green with pollen, but it is time for us to dive into our pools and enjoy the enhancement to our quality of life that they bring to our customers and us! Easter season always makes me think of times of renewal and growth, and this will doubtless be true for our association. My focus for our team now that we are past our 50th Anniversary Everything Under the Sunsm Expo will be a renewed effort to grow our membership. To enhance our efforts we B E S T P R O D U C T EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN sm EXPO 2 0 2 0 Product: Universal HC Series Heater The industry’s smallest footprint heater allows replacement of almost any heater in an existing pad with the efficient reliability of the new Universal HC Series dual-fuel technology heater from Hayward®. www.hayward-pool.com/shop/en/pools/universal-hc-seriesi-gunihc The attendees voted and the Best Showcased Product goes to Hayward! will be hiring a Membership Development Manager and working with our FSPA Chapters to incorporate a new membership retention plan. Our goal for 2022 is 200 new members! I know you can help us get there. If there is a company or individual you know we should ask to join, please do not hesitate
April 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 7 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS to call the state office or your local Chapter Coordinator to get them involved in the recruitment process. I’m happy to share that our Florida Swims Foundation has updated and modernized its bylaws, which was much needed. Now that the bylaws are up to date, we have seated a new Foundation Board of Trustees: President Maurice Bushroe, Vice President Mickey Sigmon, Treasurer Ben Evans, Secretary Derek Brown, and At-Large Trustee Don Ball. This group will hold monthly meetings to lead the activities and future success of our Foundation! If you aren’t following us already on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to get engaged with us on social media. We have a wonderful new Public Relations and Digital Media Specialist, Alyssa Holcomb, who has been doing a beautiful job of promoting our association’s efforts on all things Expo, government affairs and education related. Please be sure to check us out on all platforms (and sign up for our newsletters) to get the latest information on our success stories and current focuses. Enjoy this beautiful season where the world literally blossoms around us, and please do what you can to help our association continue to flourish as well. I look forward to engaging with you either in person at a future event, or virtually – so don’t hesitate to reach out and say hello! Tops in Trucks Fleet Vehicles Tricked Out Service Truck Cypress Creek Outdoor American Pools & Spas
8 Florida Pool Prosm • April 2022 FLORIDA POOL PERMITS Permits provided by HBW / www.hbweekly.com County Name February 2021 February 2022 Alachua County 17 18 Bay County 49 66 Brevard County 79 81 Broward County 64 59 Calhoun County 0 0 Charlotte County 105 151 Citrus County 11 40 Clay County 23 21 Collier County 141 207 Dade County 151 156 Duval County 51 47 Escambia County 44 9 Flagler County 63 34 Franklin County 7 2 Gadsden County 2 0 Gulf County 0 1 Hernando County 22 28 Highlands County 6 8 Hillsborough County 119 158 Holmes County 4 0 Indian River County 40 45 Jackson County 0 2 Jefferson County 1 0 Lake County 58 39 Lee County 280 308 Leon County 17 20 Liberty County 0 0 Manatee County 203 185 Marion County 31 30 Martin County 42 31 Nassau County 18 16 Okaloosa County 33 33 Orange County 128 161 Osceola County 17 78 Palm Beach County 209 156 Pasco County 155 129 Pinellas County 78 39 Polk County 134 143 Putnam County 2 2 Santa Rosa County 36 16 Sarasota County 213 181 Seminole County 11 15 St Johns County 109 111 St Lucie County 44 60 Sumter County 37 74 Volusia County 97 56 Wakulla County 2 3 Walton County 39 35 Washington County 2 1 TOTALS 2994 3055 County Name February 2021 February 2022
April 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 9 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE By Dallas Thiesen, Senior Director of Government Affairs / Dallas@FloridaPoolPro.com 2022 Florida Legislative Session Wrap-Up The 2022 Florida Legislative Session is now over! This session shaped up to be very successful for FSPA and the Florida swimming pool and spa industry. The FSPA government affairs team, with the help of several FSPA members, successfully lobbied for the passage of two of FSPA’s legislative priorities and helped defeat bills FSPA opposed. FSPA also continued to expand its network of legislators and staff willing to fight for issues important to the Florida swimming pool and spa industry. Senate Bill 222 passed the Florida House and the Senate unanimously, and without a single “nay” vote throughout the entire policy committee process or any amendments to the originally filed bill. SB 222 is also the first major amendment to Section 489 of the Florida Statutes in almost 30 years. Now that SB 222 has passed both chambers of the Florida Legislature it will be transmitted to the governor for his approval. SB 222, would allow an exemption for CPC and RPC pool and spa contractors to hire unlicensed subcontractors to work under their supervision. Once SB 222 is approved by Governor DeSantis, the exemption will take effect July 1, 2022. Senate Bill 364, which creates the Florida Swims Specialty License Plate, was passed by both the Florida House and Senate and will now be transmitted to Governor DeSantis for approval. The license plate created by SB 364 will help fund FSPA’s Florida Swims Foundation and its mission to fund childhood swimming lessons throughout the state of Florida. Additionally, there where several bills proposed by the legislature that would have significantly altered the Construction Industry Licensing Board’s ability to consider past felony convictions of license applicants. FSPA forcefully opposed these efforts and all bills have been withdrawn from consideration. Overall, the 2022 Legislative Session was very productive for FPSA and has set the stage for future success! A big thank you to Mike Canto (North Central Florida Chapter), Deidre Bedford (Manasota Chapter), Ryan Roby (Tampa Bay Chapter), T.J. Wood (Tampa Bay Chapter), and Tony Arredondo (Tampa Bay Chapter) for making trips to Tallahassee during this year’s legislative session to testify at House
10 Florida Pool Prosm • April 2022 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE and Senate Committee hearings and meet with legislators and staff about FSPA’s bills. Their work helped ensure FSPA’s success this year. The description and status of all bills that FSPA tracked during the 2022 Legislative Session are below. 2022 FSPA Bills S w i m m i n g P o o l S u b c o n t r a c t o r E x e m p t i o n - SB 222 by Sen. Joe Gruters / HB 267 by Rep. Lawrence McClure SB 222 / HB 267 gives swimming pool and spa contractors an exemption to allow the hiring of sub-contractors who do not have an occupational license. This is the same exemption that Florida home builders have enjoyed for years known as the “Jim Walter Exemption.” Sub-contractors will now be able to perform work for a licensed swimming pool contractor within the scope of that contractor’s license regardless of the sub-contractors license status. This bill will not eliminate Swimming Pool Specialty Subcontractor Licenses, but will simply eliminate the need for a sub-contractor to be licensed independently of the swimming pool contractor who hired them. Status: SB 222: Passed House & Senate; Ordered Enrolled. HB 267:Laid on the Table, SB 222 Substituted. FSPA Position: SUPPORT Florida Swims License Plate - SB 364 by Sen. Bean/Transportion Committee Would create a Specialty Vehicle License Plate that would benefit FSPA’s Florida Swims Foundation which funds childhood swimming lesions. Status: SB 364: Passed House & Senate; Ordered Enrolled. FSPA Position: SUPPORT 2022 Bills to Watch Swim-Up Bars Commercial Pools - SB 1044 by Ed Hooper / HB 719 by Rep. David Smith Requiring the Florida Building Commission to adopt requirements and procedures within the Florida Building Code for the approval of swim-up bars at commercial and public swimming pool locations; requiring the commission to work with swimming pool industry representatives when developing such requirements and procedures. Status:SB 1044: Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration.
April 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 11 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE HB 719: Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration. FSPA Position: SUPPORT Residential Swimming Pool Safety - SB 332 by Sen. Ed Hooper SB 332 would require homeowners to install two approved pool safety devices, rather than one, when building a pool. The bill would also require adding all required safety devices when selling a house with a pool, if they are not already present. As of the writing of this update this bill has only been field in the State Senate and no House of Representatives version has been filed. Status: SB 332: Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration. FSPA Position: NUETRAL Residential Swimming Pool Safety - SB 1826 by Sen. SB 1826 would require that swimming pool barrier be in place and in use whenever a child younger than 5 years old is present on the property. As of the writing of this update this bill has only been filed in the State Senate and no House of Representatives version has been filed. Status: SB 1826: Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration. FSPA Position: NUETRAL Condominium and CooperativeAssociations - SB 1702 by Rules; Regulated Industries; and Sen. Bradley. HB 7069 by Appropriations Committee and Pandemics & Public Emergencies Committee Would require “milestone” structural inspections of condominiums three stories or taller starting at 30 years of age then every 10 years thereafter or 20 years, and every seven years thereafter if the building is within three miles of the coastline. The bills also require condominium associations serving high-rise condominiums to conduct a reserve study of the association’s finances every three years to insure that the association can fund upkeep and repair of the buildings vital systems, including swimming pools and spas and associated equipment. Status: SB1702: Laid on theTable. SubstitutedHB7069. HB7069:Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration. FSPA Position: NUETRAL Construction Defect Claims - SB 736 by Sen. Travis Hutson. HB 583 by Rep.
12 Florida Pool Prosm • April 2022 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE Clay Yarborough. The bill adds additional steps in the process of construction defect claims that would allow the contractor another opportunity to fix or alter their settlement offer in order to satisfy the claimant. Status: SB 736: Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration. HB 583: Laid on the Table. Substitute SB 736 FSPA Position: SUPPORT Criminal History Information (Licensing) - SB 1302 by Senator Burgess. SB 1548 by Senator Perry. Prohibits applicable board from inquiring into, or considering conviction history of, applicant for licensure until it is determined that applicant is otherwise qualified; authorizes applicable board to consider applicant's criminal history which includes certain crimes only if such criminal history directly relates to practice of applicable profession; removes provision authorizing board to consider applicant's criminal history if such history has been found to relate to good moral character. Status: SB 1302: Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration. SB 1548: Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration. FSPA Position: OPPOSE Criminal History in Professional Licensing Applications - SB 1118 by Sen. Perry. HB 87 by Rep. Chambliss and Plakon. Would reduce the time for consideration of a prior criminal conviction in professional licensing from five to two years. Requires licensing boards to honor relevant vocational credits earned a correctional facility. Status: SB 1118: Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration. HB 87: Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration. FSPA Position: OPPOSE If you have any questions about the 2022 Florida Legislative Session or general government affairs questions or concerns please reach out to FSPA Senior Director of Government Affairs, Dallas Thiesen at Dallas@ FloridaPoolPro.com.
April 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 13 Scholarship tride In memory of Brian Kelly 2021 Thank you to our sponsors Seems it is getting tougher on our roads with people moving to the great state of Florida daily. So, our job of making sure everyone gets home safely each night is getting that much tougher. Part of that safety is carrying hazardous chemicals and keeping the public safe in our daily travels. Thankfully, FDOT hasn’t paid attention to our industry but, things could change at any time so we need to be ready. Rob Sanger and I did an overview of DOT regulations at the Everything Under the Sunsm Expo and had multiple conversations during the show about tanks in trucks, labeling, luggage carriers and much more. This made me think DOT regulation is the perfect topic going into pool season. Now, I am no expert on DOT and after reading though code prior to the show, it’s a full-time job. I am very grateful to David Rivers with RS Compliance Group for providing FSPA the curriculum. DOT regulations are complex with multiple chapters, so this is a really watered-down version for pool service. There are basically three ways to be classified depending on how much, container size, and trade use vs. delivery By Ken Moyer, Brenntag Mid-South, Inc. / email@example.com Hazardous material safety and DOT THE SCOOP ON SERVICE
14 Florida Pool Prosm • April 2022 THE SCOOP ON SERVICE of chemicals. 1.Materials of Trade 2. Limited Quantity Exemption 3. Hazardous Materials Regulations like a trucking company. Don’t forget to add sodium bromide, bag shock, and algaecides as EPA registered product you may have into your weight calculations. Sodium bicarbonate, DE, calcium and cyanuric acid are not included in DOT chemical weight. Materials of Trade Most pool service companies fall under this and it’s the simplest way to stay off DOT’s radar. No additional paperwork other than a SDS, and if you’re a FSPAmember your INFOTRAC benefit has you covered. HAZMAT training is required. • 440lb Maximum EPA registered products including Sodium Hypochlorite and acid products • No containers over 66lb = No 100lb drums of Trichlor, tablets or Cal Hypo • No liquid containers over 8 gallons. Example: 12 Jerry Jugs / 30 gallons X 9.75=292.5lb 4 gallons acid X 9.66=38.64lb 50lb tabs = 50.00lb 381.14lb Total Greater than Materials of Trade designation Maximum 999Lbs. total EPA registered products including sodium hypochlorite and acid products. Must have shipping paperwork on truck. No containers over 66lb and No liquid containers over 8 gallons. Examples: 40 Jugs = (975lbs) and 2 gallons acid (19.25lb) = 994.52 OR 38 jugs (926.25lb) and 4 gallons acid (39.04) =965.29 total Hazardous Materials Regulations Above 1,000 lbs. of EPA registered products and you are designated as a
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April 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 19 EXPO INSTRUCTORS Jim Acord, Team Horner Group Sean Assam, AquaCal AutoPilot, Inc. Steve Barnes, AquaStar Pool Products David Blossom, Insurance by Ken Brown Terry Brannon, P.E., GENESIS® Engineering Faculty Advisor Ken Brown, Insurance by Ken Brown Laura Castanza, Team Horner Don Cesarone, Lucas Lagoons Mike Childress, Pentair Jeff Clarkson, FSPA Instructor Rick Coffey, Lo-Chlor, LLC Kevin Embree, Skimmer, Inc. Dan Essig, Artistic Pavers Alex Fletcher, AquaWorx, Inc. Ken Gregory, Pentair David Griffiths, Insurance by Ken Brown Kevin Hackett, Team Horner Group Gary Hazelberg, Grandy & Associates Rick Howard, Rick's Pool Service Wayne Ivusich, Taylor Technologies Andy Kaner, Master CBDP, Aquatic Consultants Bill Kent, Team Horner Group Expo Instructors - Thank You! Kent Kimes, Kimes Engineering Bill Kinnard, Grandy & Associates Brad Manning, AquaCal AutoPilot, Inc. Darren Merlob, LeakTronics Keith Monk, SR Smith Ken Moyer, Brenntag Rick Myers, Lo-Chlor / Team Horner Group Jason Nokk, Gas Training Services David Pruette, David Pruette Electrical Services Keith Roberts, Hayward Joan Roca, Master CBDP, Joan Roca Master Pool Designer Scott Roodberger, Waterway Plastics Rocco Russo, Fluidra Rob Sanger, Galaxy Pools Matt Stiles, Commercial Energy Specialists Kerry Tait, Insurance by Ken Brown Jeff Tawney, AquaCal AutoPilot, Inc. Gaspar Vargas, AquaCal AutoPilot, Inc. Jeffrey Winter, Valcon Industries, Inc. Sean Yakicic, Amerisure
20 Florida Pool Prosm • April 2022 DIGGING UP IDEAS What might be heard at Mount Rushmore about Salt Water Pools... I keep the pH in the correct range. I add conditioner as needed, honestly. I check the salt level and only use AQUASALT. I clean the cell every 2 to 3 months of use. 7.5 x 4.75 Florida Pool Pro What a ride it has been, keep it going By Richard Moseley, Holland Pools and Spas, LLC / firstname.lastname@example.org Good day to one and all. It has been a while since I tried to put my thoughts into written words. I wish you all luck in this article and your ability to stay awake as we pass this time together. I am told this article has to be based on a pool builder's world and that I can discuss anything I would like. Well, as we look back at the last few years, what a ride it has been. At the beginning of the pandemic, I thought we were heading into a terrible downturn. What a shock it was when instead we grew business to a level not seen since the early 2000’s. Business boomed and we went through shortages that were never imagined. We did not have the person power to keep up with the growth, and we experienced material shortages that we never expected nor have seen before. From people power to materials, our customers told us how to overcome those obstacles, or at least mine did. “Go hire so and so,” or “Go to another supplier!” Oh how I wish we could have just thought of that ourselves. I would probably
April 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 21 DIGGING UP IDEAS have less gray hair if I had thought of those things. As I think of these obstacles, I think of the tribulations we didn’t take into consideration. We celebrated the 50th anniversary of our trade show. What an accomplishment that is and was. First, I think of how great it is that we made it to 50 years, and then I think of all the great people who helped us get here. My word count doesn’t allow me to list all their names, but due to their work, effort and fortuitousness we made it. Our education opportunities and abilities have gone through the roof and the show has been a major contribution to this part of the association. Three days of this opportunity allows us to grow, and our staff to grow with us. With the cost of a membership, which I figure is a low cost for the pool industry, think of all the free friends and associates we can reach out to for advice, assistance and knowledge. The chance to get together for dinner and a drink, or two, or just the opportunity to sit and talk to the manufacturer and give our input is priceless. In addition to the show, we have joined together the last couple years more than ever to teach children how to swim. For the last 20 years, it has always been, “Pools are the number one places that children have issues.” In the last few years, we have been blessed with the chance to teach some of these future Olympians how to swim and be safe around the water. A big thanks Dr. Kent and Team Horner for all the support you have given us in this endeavor. Thank you to all the chapters and volunteers for helping us give this gift to any and all we can. Just thinking about us putting our time, money, and love into trying to reduce childhood drownings makes me smile each time I think about it. I hope we are making a difference for the next group of great leaders that our communities have to offer. We have since joined the national organization’s Step Into Swim initiative in teaching children to swim countrywide. How far we have come and still hope to go further with this program. I look forward to seeing where it stands in the next 10 years. The top of the moon is my goal. We have a new Florida Swims Foundation license plate coming (pending a signature from the governor) that I hope spreads awareness to the state of Florida. How cool will it be to have a license plate promoting swimming and the safety of it? Every Child a Swimmer here we come! Next we may have the subcontractor license requirement removed this year through an exemption. While it was and is a good program, which was
22 Florida Pool Prosm • April 2022 DIGGING UP IDEAS installed when it was needed the most, it’s time has come to an end in my mind and many builders’ minds throughout the state. We appreciate all the government relations team has done to allow the Contractors to hire their employees, sub’s as we call them, without added government assistance. Lastly I would like to ask any and all to join our Builders Council this year, whether on the state or local Boards. All members are needed and wanted to be a part of this group as we go forward. All it takes is a few calls; first a call to the state office and informing Dallas that you or one of your employees to be a part of this council. We would love to have and need any and all volunteers to have a voice and opportunity to help us make the next 50 years as great as the last have been. After calling Dallas, and jumping on board, it takes about an hour a month to help us move forward into the next century or two. Thank you all who taught, volunteered, and especially to all who have helped to get us here 50 years later; but especially all who put in the extra long hours to make this year so special. Time to say I am out thank you for taking the time to read this and have an awesome year. SENSAFE ITSSENSAFE SENSAFE_ITS sensafe.com • email@example.com • 800-861-9712 USING ALTERNATIVE POOL SANITIZERS? SALT LOW CHLORINE COPPER BORATE OZONE TEST WITH THE BEST! SIN0721_½ ad.indd 1 6/18/21 4:12 PM
April 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 23 INSURANCE UPDATE By David Griffiths, Insurance by Ken Brown / firstname.lastname@example.org Florida property insurance woes to continue One of the Florida Legislature's many responsibilities is to protect consumers from harm, much like an umbrella in a rainstorm. Unfortunately, the Legislature recently fell short of this duty by choosing politics over policyholders. It was well known that additional property insurance reforms would be difficult after SB 76 passed during the 2021 Legislative Session. Senate Bill 76 aimed to curtail solicitation by roofing companies and to reduce the amount of litigation filed over property damage claims. Insurers have said that unnecessary lawsuits are driving up costs, forcing higher premiums and causing some carriers to stop writing new policies. Although actual lawsuit volumes have decreased since Senate Bill 76 became effective, Florida insurers’ litigation exposure is still concerning. The data also shows that assignment-of-benefit cases (where a property owner assigns their policy rights to a contractor to negotiate with the insurance company and receive any insurance proceeds vs. the owner) as a percentage of new litigated claims, dropped slightly in January. CaseGlide found that 31% of litigated claims were AOB-related, compared to 33% in December. That’s a significant increase from the first six months of 2021, when AOB cases were about 17% to 20% of total claims litigation. The assignment-ofbenefits cases continue to be driven by a few contractors, CaseGlide reported. The top 10 AOB cont ractors in Flor ida represented 35% of all AOB claims dispute litigation, and the top contractor was
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April 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 25 INSURANCE UPDATE responsible for 12%. The firm has declined to name those contractors. CaseGlide is a maker of litigation management software, which also tracks claims disputes, they reported that the number of new litigated claims for the 17 largest P/C insurers in Florida were just under 4,600 in January – a 37% increase from December. That followed an almost steady decline from July’s high of 6,633 litigated claims, the company said. Miami-Dade County represents 23% of new litigated cases, with Broward County at 17%, Hillsborough County at 7%, Palm Beach County at 6%, and Orange County, home of Orlando, at 6%. Given the pain being felt by consumers because of staggering rate increases and company insolvencies, many believed that the Legislature would do something! Recently released year-end financials show that Florida's property insurers, for the third year in a row, lost more than $1.6 billion. Astonishingly, those results do not include the financial losses from St. Johns Insurance and Avatar Insurance. St. Johns Insurance Co. was declared insolvent in January 2022 and two weeks later Florida regulators took steps to begin liquidating Tampa-based Avatar Property & Casualty Insurance Co., making it the second carrier this year to falter and the sixth in the last 30 months. Avatar’s receivership is expected to have the state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. taking the book of business and other insurers making takeout offers in the next few months, one executive said. Avatar and St. Johns are two of seven insurers in recent months to suspend new business or to non-renew thousands of policies in Florida. Others have asked for double-digit rate increases. Industry insiders and CEOs have warned for months that Florida’s insurance market is in crisis, with most carriers seeing significant losses from hurricanes, roof claims and litigation expenses. The latest insolvency will likely require the Florida Insurance Guaranty Association to cover Avatar’s outstanding claims. It’s unclear if that will result in another assessment by FIGA on member insurance companies. After the St. Johns liquidation, FIGA approved a 1.3% assessment on premium for carriers, an assessment that will be passed on to Florida policyholders. United Property and Casualty Insurance Co., which has ranked in the top 10 homeowners insurers in Florida with more than 180,000 policyholders, stopped writing new policies in Florida on Jan. 1, 2022, according to a memo
26 Florida Pool Prosm • April 2022 INSURANCE UPDATE the carrier sent to agents. In November 2021, Progressive Insurance said it would not renew HO-3 and DP-3 policies for homes with shingle roofs that are 16 years old or older. Notices to policyholders were to be sent last month. The memo did not indicate how many policies would be affected, but agents said the number could be as high as 56,000. TheAM Best rating firm has downgraded the credit rating and the outlook for Florida Family Insurance and its subsidiary, Florida Family Home Insurance Co. The rating firm said the companies’ long-term issuer credit rating has dropped from “bbb+ (good)” to “bbb (good).” The financial strength rating remains at “B++ (good).” AM Best revised its outlook for that rating, from stable to negative and the outlook for long-term issuer credit ratings also was recently marked as negative. The Insurance Information Institute reports statewide premiums are up nearly 25 percent this year. Next month we will continue this conversation on Florida property insurance woes with no end in sight. New FSPA members WELCOME! Aquatic Leak Locators LLC Coconut Creek/CPC1458209 Artisan Pool Design Inc. Ft. Lauderdale/CPC1456577 Deco Pools Hialeah/CPC1459466 Lombardo Landscaping & Water Features Inc. Ft. Myers/CRC1331625 Pinch A Penny #008 Sarasota/CPC1459726 Pool Scouts of the Space Coast Rockledge Salco Salt Miami Santos USA Construction Sarasota/CPC1459627 Skinny-Dip Pools (Provisional Member) Vero Beach Triple J Pool Care, LLC Valrico/CPC1459219 USI Insurance Service LLC Jacksonville Alan Hayes Retiree
April 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 27 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS Broward Chapter Coordinator: Diane Michael (386) 538-1083 FSPABroward@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPABroward.com Congrats to Misty Knight, Fluidra, for receiving the Chapter’s highest honor of Director of the Year! Thank you for all your support and your passion for the industry and Broward! Congratulations! Every few months, we like to send out a list of current members. We do this for three reasons. (1) To be sure you are aware if your business is not a member. No worries, use the links to renew or sign up! So many great benefits of being a member and now is a better time than ever to support our industry! Sign up at www.JoinFSPA.com. Renew online at https://industry.floridapoolpro.com/ MemberSvcs/MemberRenewal.aspx. (2) Consider working with a fellow member first! Let's remember to give business to those who support and believe in this industry! Online you can search for members in any area of the state. (3) Lastly, if you know a business that isn't on the list and should be, please invite them to our next meeting stressing the importance of our local and state organization. So much is done behind the scenes to keep our industry flourishing, protected and on top of planning for the future. We make The Broward Chapter would like to thank Lo-Chlor and HornerXpress for hosting the meeting in February. this happen through membership! If you didn't receive an email with the list, visit www.FloridaPoolPro.biz and under the membership menu click on Members using Members to search yoru area. Our first meeting back together was held February 16 and was hosted by HornerXpress. What a great first meeting back. With more than 30 people in attendance on a rainy night it was a wonderful turnout and night! Thank you all very much for your support and making a welcoming environment for all. We
28 Florida Pool Prosm • April 2022 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS had potential members, seasoned members, and new members there; great mix. Thank you so much to everyone for attending! Thank you to the marketing team from HornerXpress who took these fun photos on the Chapter facebook page. While you’re on the Facebook page, please be sure to like the page to stay informed with all the posts/events and happenings. Save the date for the next Chapter meeting happening Wednesday, April 27 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. AquaChamps will be hosting the meeting with a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of their facility located at 509 NE 43 Street in Oakland Park. Plan on attending to gain more information about this member’s programs and services along with learning more about how our Chapter works with them to provide swimming lessons to those in need. We will be catering this meeting so we will need to know if you plan on eating. Be sure to RSVP to Diane at FSPABrwoward@FloridaPoolPro.com. Also, remember to invite a future member. Our monthly meetings are the best place for those interested in joining to learn about our Chapter! This is an updated date. Throughout the year, the Broward Chapter Board of Directors support many local and state programs including Every Child A Swimmer. To grow our local outreach program and continue to contribute to many valuable organizations and causes, we ask that review our 2022 sponsorship form. There are many options for your business to gain maximum exposure to the members of our Chapter. Please help us grow and support our goals. April 27 is a Chapter Meeting with a Behind-the-Scenes Tour atAquaChamps; May is a Fishing Tournament; June 15 is a Chapter Meeting; July is a Tabletop and Auction; August 17 is a Chapter Meeting; September 21 is a Chapter Meeting; October is a Top Golf event; November 16 is a Chapter Meeting; and December is a Holiday Party/Havana Nights. Please like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/FSPABroward and our Instagram @FSPABrowardChapter. We appreciate your continued support!
April 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 29 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS Central Florida Chapter Coordinator: Sonja Dickey (941) 952-9293 FSPACentralFlorida@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPACentralFlorida.com RSVP, if you haven’t already, for GPS/Telematics Best Practices for Driver & Fleet Management (CILB course #0613250, one hr., meets general requirement, FPSA d/b/a FSPA CILB Providership #0000917). This CE class will be taught by Sean Yakicic, Amerisure, on April 5 at 6:00 p.m. at HornerXpress. Please watch your inbox for more details and RSVP. Mark your calendar for June 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hilton Altamonte Springs for a special CE class with the Orange County Building Department. Those attending will receive one credit hour on building and a one hour combo class on electrical and plumbing. Currently the combo class is not for credit, but depending on approval status, it might be on the day of the class. This class is free for all to attend and will include lite refreshments and a cash bar. PremierPoolsofCentral Florida and HornerXpress areproud topresent the 2022CasinoNightandSilentAuction.Pleasemarkyourcalendar forSeptember30 for another great night benefiting education and safety around water! Contact Sonja for sponsorship and silent auction donation opportunities. Our next Board meeting, which all members are encouraged to attend, will be Tuesday, April 5 at 5:00 p.m. at HornerXpress Longwood. Please stay for the CE class immediately following the Board meeting. We look forward to seeing you there. Your 2022 Directors are working on exciting and educational events. Please let us hear from you with any suggestions for speakers or events. If you haven’t already, please like our Facebook page at FSPA Central Florida Chapter to keep up with upcoming events and meetings.
30 Florida Pool Prosm • April 2022 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS Charlotte Harbor Chapter Coordinator: Sonja Dickey (941) 952-9293 FSPACharlotteHarbor@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPACharlotteHarbor.com RSVP today! On April 21 at 6:00 p.m. at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Punta Gorda, we have a CE class planned for you. Sean Yakicic, Amerisure, will be teaching us about Workplace Safety (CILB course #006954, one hr., meets workplace safety requirement, FPSA d/b/a FSPA CILB Providership #0000917). Not to mention on May 9 we have another CE class planned. Dallas Thiesen, FSPA Senior Director of Government Affairs, will share his knowledge on the 2020 swimming pool updates. Location TBD. This Chapter is happening! Wow! There is more! The Chapter will be hosting its Annual Golf Tournament benefiting education and safety around water on May 21 at Heron Creek Golf Course. Thank you all the companies who are helping sponsor the event which will benefit education and safety around water. We appreciate your continued support: Title Sponsor: HornerXpress; Lunch Sponsor: PoolCorp; Beverage Cart: Hayward; Scorecard Sponsor: Gorman; Goodie Bag Sponsor: Blue Square; Cool Off Towel Sponsor: National Pool Route Sales; Longest Drive & Closest to the Pin: Basecrete; and Hole Sponsors: SGM, National Pool Route Sales, SCP, Performance Link, Gorman, Premix Marbletite, Superior Pools of SW FL, Brenntag and Ledge Lounger. Please contact Sonja@FloridaPoolPro.com to register you team and become a sponsor today! Our next Board meeting, which all members are encouraged to attend, will be Thursday, April 21 at 5:00 p.m. at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Punta Gorda. Please stay for the CE class immediately following the Board meeting. We look forward to seeing you there. Your 2022 Board is working on exciting and educational events. Please let us hear from you with any suggestions for speakers or events. If you haven’t already, please like our Facebook page at FSPA Charlotte Harbor Chapter to keep up with upcoming events and meetings.
April 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 31 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS The East Central Florida Chapter wou l d l i k e t o thank everyone who supported our Corn Hole Tournament. The East Central Florida Chapter looks forward to seeing everyone at our next Chapter meeting on April 12. East Central Florida Chapter Coordinator: Diane Michael (386) 538-1083 FSPAEastCentralFlorida@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPAEastCentral.com Thank you to everyone who supported our 4th Annual Corn Hole Tournament sponsored generously by Lo-Chlor and Waterside Electric which took place Saturday, March 19. This fundraiser will help support member outreach efforts and swimming lessons! Thank you to our President Keith Quint, Gorman Company, for being our honorary emperor and to all the teams that came out to support this fun annual event! Congrats to Kerry Tait, Insurance by Ken Brown, for receiving the Chapter’s highest honor of Director of the Year! Thank you for all your support and your passion for the industry and East Central! Congratulations! Every few months, we like to send out a list of current members. We do this for three reasons. (1) To be sure you are aware if your business is not a member. No worries, use the links to renew or sign up! So many great benefits of being a member and now is a better time than ever to support our industry! Sign up at www. J o i n F S PA . c om . R e n e w o n l i n e a t h t t p s : / / i n d u s t r y. f l o r i d a p o o l p r o . c o m / M e m b e r S v c s / M e m b e r R e n e w a l . a s p x .
32 Florida Pool Prosm • April 2022 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS (2) Consider working with a fellow member first! Let's remember to give business to those who support and believe in this industry! Online you can search for members in any area of the state. (3) Lastly, if you know a business that isn't on the list and should be, please invite them to our next meeting stressing the importance of our local and state organization. So much is done behind the scenes to keep our industry flourishing, protected and on top of planning for the future. We make this happen through membership! If you didn't receive an email with the list, visit www.FloridaPoolPro.biz and under the membership menu click on Members using Members to search yoru area. We didn’t hold a Chapter meeting in March due to the Expo so please save the date for Tuesday, Apr i l 12 f rom 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Houligan’s off International Speedway in Daytona for our monthly meeting. Learn more about solar programs, ways to get your clients interested and the benefits of working with member Wayne’s Solar. Be sure to bring a guest! Thank you. Throughout the year, the East Central Chapter Board of Directors support many local and state programs including Every Child A Swimmer. To grow our local outreach program and continue to contribute to many valuable organizations and causes, we ask that you look over the 2022 sponsorship form. There are many options for your business to gain maximum exposure to the members of our Chapter. Please help us grow and support our goals. Contact Diane to receive the options via email. All meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. located at Houligans, 1725 W International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, unless otherwise stated. Dinner cost is covered with a $20 donation for members and $25 for future members. Please be sure to bring guest! Guests are welcome to attend three meetings prior to joining. Your Board has decided to go with a hybrid approach to this year's meetings and events. If you want to sponsor, volunteer, or want more information, let Di know. More details and dates to come. Save the dates: April 12 is a Chapter Meeting sponsored by Wayne’s Solar; May 10 is the Annual Bowling Tournament (thank you to Coby Moore for chairing this fundraiser); June 14 is a Chapter Meeting; July 12 is a Silent Auction (thank you to Candice Lucas for chairing this fundraiser); August 9 is a Chapter Meeting; September 13 is a Chapter Meeting; October is a
April 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 33 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS Golf Tournament (thank you to Keith Quint and Kerry Tait for chairing this fundraiser); November 8 is aChapter Meeting sponsored by Jack’s Magic; and December 13 is a Holiday Party/Casino Night (thank you to Larry Drumb and Holly Waldhauer for chairing this fundraiser). Please likeour Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/FSPAEastCentralChapter and our Instagram @FSPAEastCentralChapter. Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Coordinator: Diane Michael (386) 538-1083 FSPAFloridaGulfCoast@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPAGulfCoast.com Congrats to Michele Moser, Sapphire Pools, for receiving the Chapter’s highest honor of Director of the Year! Thank you for all your support and your passion for the industry and the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter! Congratulations! Dr.Coffey, theGeneralManagerof Lo-Chlor andthechemist thatmademostof theLo-ChlorproductswillbepresentingattheChaptermeetingWednesday,April13! This is a great opportunity to invite your employees and come out to see if you can “Stump the Chemist!” Attendees will learn a bit of technical information about chlorine and pool chlorine mysteries that will help reduce blood pressure and increase profits. Huge thanks to Mark Sauro, SW Sales Manager for Lo-Chlor® LLC, for always supporting the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter! This meeting will be hosted at Famous Dave’s in Fort Myers. The Fishing Tournament is Sunday, May 15. We are renting out the entire boat again! Please save the date and RSVP to FSPAFloridaGulfCoast@ FloridaPoolPro.com wiith how many spaces we can save for you. This year, we are heading back to Sea Trek, 18500 San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers! The event is 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and we only have room for 40 guests, so get on the list today. Sponsorships are available. Thank you to Commercial Aquatics Resource, HornerXpress, Lo-Chlor, and Fluidra for stepping up already to sponsor! Instead of our usual meeting in July, we are hosting our Annual Member Appreciation Bowling Bash on July 13 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. This year we are going to move locations to Headpinz Naples, 8525 Radio Lane. Because of the large turnout last year, we have reserved the private bowling area. We