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2 Florida Pool Prosm • August 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 / (800) 548-6774 Fax: (941) 366-7433 www.FloridaPoolPro.biz 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 Office Manager Valerie Swika Accounting Manager Cheryl Cotten Events & Programs Manager Jessica Johnson Workforce Education Manager Brittany Cagle Membership Development Manager Beau Wessel 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 Back to school - Don't forget your pool President's Column S *** You Should Know Happy August, FSPAmembers! Executive Director's Column Florida Swims license plate coming soon We don't just get bugs out of pools Service Article Some good, some bad Commercial Article FSPA Summer Refresher Education opportunities FSPA Sail Away Senate Bill 222 and your insurance Insurance Article Chapter News Calendar 4 4 5 5 7 8 9 10 11 12 14 24 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. September 16-17 Board of Directors Meeting Lido Beach Resort Sarasota
August 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 3 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS AquaCal AutoPilot is donating $2.22 of every heat pump sold this year to Every Child a Swimmer. Learn more and pledge your support too! 2737 24th St. N. - St. Petersburg, FL 33713 - 727.823.5642 - autopilot.com Available at your local HornerXpress® Branch. TH-1660 7_22 *Additional purchase of PoolSync® WiFi Controller required Get advanced functionality when paired with the PoolSync® WiFi Controller. • View current salt level and water temperature • See how much salt to add, when needed • Receive notification when the cell needs to be cleaned High Tech Line of Salt Chlorine Generators The Future of Salt Chlorine Generation is Here! Control your salt chlorine generator right through your phone Models available for pools up to 50,000 gallons Advanced sensors measure temperature, salt level and flow
4 Florida Pool Prosm • August 2022 FSPA PRESIDENT FSPA President Mickey Sigmon president@FloridaPoolPro.com Back to school - Don't forget your pool! A: No, under Senate Bill 222 which took effect July 1, 2022, swimming pool and spa subcontractors are no longer required to have a specialty subcontracting license. However, subcontractors must be working under the supervision of a CPC or RP swimming pool and spa contractor who is ultimately responsible for the jobsite and the work being performed. FSPA worked with the Florida State Legislature to pass SB 222 during the 2022 Florida Legislative Session. If you have any questions please contact FSPA Senior Director of Government Affairs Dallas Thiesen at 941-952-9293 or at Dallas@ FloridaPoolPro.com. S *** You Should Know Q: Do my subcontractors have to have their own license, separate from mine, to work on my jobs? August is here, and the kids are headed back to school. As the focus of Florida families shifts from swimming to schoolwork, we in the pool industry know this is no time to lose sight of swimming pool safety. Safe swimming environments are critical for a healthy, Florida lifestyle. Educated pool professionals and pool owners are tantamount to safe swimming environments. Keep yourself and your employees up to date on the newest equipment and feature installation guidelines through continuing education provided by manufacturers. These workshops are often free
August 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 5 FSPA PRESIDENT and can be accessed by simply asking your local distributor for information. Another critical component for safe swimming is the education of pool owners. Every owner should participate in pool school which includes basic water chemistry, equipmentmaintenance, andpool operatingguidelines.Resourcesare available for topics such as hurricane preparation and swimsafety on our website www.FloridaPoolPro.com Most importantly, every Floridian must learn water safety and learn how to swim. FSPA is dedicated to making every Floridian a safe swimmer through our Florida Swims Foundation. You can find more information regarding the foundation and swim safety by visiting our website www.FloridaSwims.com. We are proud of our efforts to keep swimming safe in Florida, and we are even prouder to announce the approval of our first-ever FSPA auto license tag to support these efforts. Proceeds from each tag sold will contribute to our Florida Swims Foundation to ensure ongoing education for water safety across our state. As always, thank you for everything you do for our industry. It is my pleasure to serve as your partner in safe swimming and all things pool related. Enjoy your last moments of summer. I’ll “see” you in September. It's coming soon! Late fall you can pre-order your Florida Swims license plate! Final design coming this fall!
6 Florida Pool Prosm • August 2022 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Happy August, FSPA members! Elizabeth McMurray FSPA Executive Director Elizabeth@FloridaPoolPro.com Your Florida Swimming Pool Association has been keeping very busy on your behalf this summer: We have been planning for your Summer Refresher continuing education offering on August 18 at our T.E.C. Center, and it is free for members. You can earn seven CE credits in one day, to gain those last-minute credits needed for your August CPC license renewal with the CILB. Our team received more than 25 scholarship applications for the Margaret M. Brown Scholarship Fund in the month of June. In July, our Florida Swims Foundation Scholarship Committee met to review the applications and determined our scholarship recipients. Keep your eyes peeled in the month of August for posts on our website and social media accounts announcing their names and also the names of the generous donors who contributed to their futures! We will also go to print with this info in our Florida Pool Prosm in September. The FSPA team has also been planning our annual High School Invitational Swim Meet, presented by the Florida Swims Foundation. This year, the swim meet will be held at the Sailfish Aquatic Center in Stuart, Florida on September 23 and 24. We are still in need of sponsors for this event and also volunteers! If you have an interest in either type of participation, please contact our Events and Programs Manager, Jessica Johnson, at
August 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 7 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS jessica@FloridaPoolPro.com. We would love to have you engaged in this awesome program of our Florida Swims Foundation and FSPA – and remember, your support is tax deductible as a charitable contribution for yourself or your company! When was the last time you reviewed your membership benefits? Did you know they are listed on our website at www.FSPABenefits.com? If you ever need assistance leveraging them, we have a new Membership Development Manager, Beau Wessel, who is at our state office and can be your guide! Please feel free to call him to say hello and learn more about how to get engaged with FSPAand those tangible membership benefits. For instance, did you know that we have a Safety Data Sheet program? That as a member, you pay nothing to have access to all the SDSs you need? Additionally, we partner with INFOTRAC so you are in compliance with Department of Transportation requirements. Learn more by calling Beau or checking out our website! I hope you all have a wonderful summer – please know we are here to serve our members, and you can contact us at any time with your questions and needs! 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
8 Florida Pool Prosm • August 2022 FLORIDA POOL PERMITS Permits provided by HBW / www.hbweekly.com County Name June 2021 June 2022 Alachua County 21 20 Bay County 27 32 Brevard County 68 90 Broward County 56 96 Calhoun County 0 0 Charlotte County 120 128 Citrus County 22 27 Clay County 22 23 Collier County 250 139 Dade County 191 153 Duval County 51 46 Escambia County 25 0 Flagler County 35 31 Franklin County 3 0 Gadsden County 0 1 Gulf County 0 0 Hernando County 45 35 Highlands County 4 10 Hillsborough County 45 167 Holmes County 0 0 Indian River County 34 41 Jackson County 2 2 Jefferson County 3 0 Lake County 41 50 Lee County 367 284 Leon County 30 16 Liberty County 0 1 Manatee County 208 133 Marion County 27 38 Martin County 36 37 Nassau County 23 23 Okaloosa County 33 38 Orange County 174 145 Osceola County 18 77 Palm Beach County 194 193 Pasco County 149 97 Pinellas County 84 66 Polk County 76 91 Putnam County 3 5 Santa Rosa County 57 0 Sarasota County 217 175 Seminole County 11 4 St Johns County 139 106 St Lucie County 91 66 Sumter County 38 68 Volusia County 63 57 Wakulla County 3 7 Walton County 29 26 Washington County 0 0 TOTALS 3135 2844 County Name June 2021 June 2022
August 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 9 FSPA EDUCATION www.FSPACourses.com Can I Do That?
10 Florida Pool Prosm • August 2022 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS THE S OO ON S RVICE When you tell most people that you own a pool service company, they drum up visions of you hanging by the pool in your flip flops, with a straw hat on having a good ol’ time. To most people, when they hear “pool guy” they imagine a very easy job for stoners. The public at large put the “pool guy” maybe a hair above “lawn guys.” The truth is that we are tradesmen and tradeswomen. There is no trade out there as versatile as ours. Pool contractors and pool techs have the knowledge from many trades. We need to understand chemistry, electricity, plumbing, hydraulics, masonry, steel work, and now that pools run off your smart devices, we have even had to learn portions of computer hardware and information technology. There is no other trade that encompasses this broad of a spectrum. When we refer to our employees as pool guys or pool gals we are doing them a disservice. We need to start empowering them and help them understand they are tradespeople, not just cleaners. At my company we are not pool guys, we are pool technicians, we are pool mechanics, we are pool contractors. My employees can hold their head high and know they have specialized knowledge and they do a job that is unique which not everyone can do. Here are a few things that need to be happening in our industry if you want to be respected in your market. First things first, knowledge is power As business owners in the pool industry, we need to make sure we are giving our employees the best training available. That means sometimes work will not get done so you can send your team to a training facility. That means you will have to give up more of your own time as well to train. Your team should be meeting regularly with a brand-specific rep and learning how to properly program, install, and maintain equipment. There is nothing worse than getting a call from a customer with a complaint that your tech doesn’t know what they are doing. That kind of phone call literally translates into YOU don’t know what you are doing. Yes, this is going to cost you money up front but the benefits to you, your customer and your employee We don't just get bugs out of pools By Tommy Diaz, 365 Pool Service / email@example.com
August 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 11 THE SCOOP ON SERVICE are exponential. A well-trained technician has confidence, takes pride in their work and interacts with customers on a much higher level. Take the time to train them at the shop weekly. Create scenarios, hook up equipment at the shop and make sure everyone knows how to use it. Teach your technicians to speak with customers from a technical perspective. Appearance on the pool deck We require that all our technicians wear closed-toe shoes. Tradespeople don’t wear flip flops to work. Just think about it; what other trade or vendor is going to show up at a customer’s property wearing flip flops and board shorts? We wear higher-end shirts; we stay clean. We look good; we look professional. When you show up to a customer’s house who just dropped $150k on a pool with the latest automation, most expensive tile and the most beautiful surface you have ever seen, wearing board shorts, flips flops and a camo sleeveless shirt it just doesn’t scream trust. Trucks / Fleet If your truck looks like it just stepped out of World War III with a sticker on the back that says 'honk if parts fall off'; it is time to get a new one. This is your business card on the street. Customers will inherently say, “If that is how they take care of their trucks then that’s probably how they are going to take care of my pool.” When you pull up to a customer's house and your tech opens the door and pizza boxes and cans fall out, it is not a very pretty picture. Have your techs clean your trucks weekly at a minimum with a wash, vacuum and cleaning out the bed. At 365 Pools we want to draw a strong contrast between the “pool guy” and the pool technician. As an industry we separate ourselves from a ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ splash and dash pool culture. Always remember that perception is reality.
12 Florida Pool Prosm • August 2022 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS 2022 ai w October 24 - October 29 All aboard the Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas Ports of Call: Labadee, Haiti and CocoCay, Bahamas Cabin for two for only $1,540 (includes taxes and gratuities) Full balance due after August 1, 2022. Departing from Port Canaveral. Please check Royal Caribbean vaccination requirements prior to booking. Must book through us to participate in activities, gifts, event tickets, etc. www.FSPASailAway.com DAY 1 - Port Canaveral • Gift Bag / Badge Pick-Up • Ship Departure! • FSPA Meet Up DAY 2 - Day at Sea • Education Session • Casino Night Meet-Up DAY 3 - Labadee, Haiti • Morning Stretch/Walk/Jog • Stop at Labadee, Haiti DAY 4 - Day at Sea • Group Activity Meet-Up • FSPA Group Photo • Afternoon Pool Party Meet-Up DAY 5 - CocoCay, Bahamas • Enjoy CocoCay! • FSPA Private Cocktail Party DAY 6 - Port Canaveral • Debarkation FSPA’s Family-Friendly Industry Cruise
August 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 13 EDUCATION All CPC licenses have a renewal deadline of August 31! If you still need CE credits, the FSPA Summer Refresher may be just what you need. In-person, quality courses are held at the FSPAT.E.C. Center in Sarasota Thursday, August 18. Seven CE hours are being offered and can be viewed on page 9. Be sure to register at www.FSPACourses.com. Other education and certification opportunities at the FSPAT.E.C. Center are scheduled for the next couple of months. LP Gas Master Qualifier is Wednesday, August 3 and an LP Gas Exam Prep is August 4. Call the FSPA office to see if you can still get a spot in these classes! Pricing can be found through the link at www.FSPACourses.com. The two-day Florida Publ ic Pool Specialist (FPPS, #0611965) course is scheduled for Wednesday, September 14 - Thursday, September 15 and is required to maintain public pools in Florida. While other courses also meet this DOH requirement, the FPPS is Florida-specific and clearly explains the additional requirements / restrictions Florida has for public pools. The certification is valid for five years and includes a manual you keep to reference. Jeff Clarkson has many years of experience in the pool industry and receives great reviews from his students. Registration can be found at www.FSPACourses.com. The Swimming Pool and Spa Service Certification (60-hr course, #0610552) is held in four modules beginning September 14-15. All of the two-day modules are being held in Sarasota at the FSPAT.E.C. Center and you must attend all modules. Module 2 is September 30 - October 1, module 3 is October 7-8, and module 4 is October 28-29. This certification is only offered two or three times per year so don't miss your chance! This certification is a great way to learn all about servicing pools and gain so much knowledge. It can also serve as a substitute for three of the four years of required experience when applying for a pool service license in the state of Florida. FPSA d/b/a FSPA CILB Providership #0000917 Education opportunities CPC renewal deadline is August 31 Florida Public Pool Specialist Swimming Pool & Spa Service Certification Want to maintain public pools? Want a service license in less time? Substitutes for three years of experience toward obtaining a state Certified Swimming Pool/Spa Servicing License! Applicant with this certification who passes the state exam is only responsible for verifying one year of field experience under a licensed professional. This is not an exam prep course. Course #0610552 / FPSA d/b/a FSPA CILB providership #0000917. Sept. 14-15 / Sept. 30 - Oct. 1 / Oct. 7-8 / Oct. 28-29 Must attend all four modules and pass testing. Course Fee: $2,200 plus enrollment fee Enrollment Fee: $300 ($50 for FSPA members!) www.FSPACourses.com Required to maintain public pools / spas in Florida! The only DOH approved Public Pool Service Technician course written and taught specifically to Florida's unique requirements. Course #0611965 / FPSA d/b/a FSPA CILB providership #0000917. Sept. 14-15 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Must attend both days and pass testing. Course Fee: $400 FSPA members receive $100 off! $300 www.FSPACourses.com
14 Florida Pool Prosm • August 2022 COMMERCIAL CONNECTION I have loved being a commercial operator for more than 12 years now. I have more than 40,000 commercial poolside visits personally. Some of the best aspects of commercial accounts are the variety of challenges and opportunities you face on any given day. You never know if you’re going to get a call from a zoo to resurface a pit for bears to swim in or maybe a university or hospital needing help. I have walked a 32 million gallon body of water the same day I got a call about a 50 gallon landscape fountain. We get to make sure these multi-family swimming pools are clean and safe. We allow the old woman who just beat cancer to do her exercises in the pool, while on the other side the new baby sits in its floaty with mom. Far behind the scenes we get to create childhood memories of calling out the great explorer ‘Marco Polo”. These recent Fourth of July celebrations were made in part by a skilled commercial pool operator. The calls of, "Watch me! Watch me!" before the most perfect cannonball in the history of cannonballs is performed. Distilled down to the essence, memories for others are what we create when we build, remodel or service a commercial property. We land huge contracts for high risk reward ratios. That is the best of what we do. It's business though... it's real. It's hard. It's mean sometimes. I've had to hold employee’s hands in the emergency room because of chemical poisoning. Had to fire an employee for losing their battle with addiction. I've had employees steal from me. I've been sued because blue isn't dark enough blue. I have been sued when the drunk resident jumped from the table into the three-foot section and broke his face. I've failed DOH inspections because the waterfilled vacuum gauge had water in it and was obviously broken. I have had bids come in one third of what I quoted. I have been paid 90 days late with the late fee held back. I feel sometimes that most companies avoid commercial accounts because of a few key issues. One is that your held accountable to a standard. Chapter 64E-9 is 27 pages on how to do your job. The Department of Health even sends inspectors out to check on you. We do not like being told we messed Some good, some bad By Michael Cooper, Cooper Pools / firstname.lastname@example.org
August 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 15 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS up and the Department of Health is looking for just that. It really makes you step up your game. No one likes to see the red tag of death, "Pool Closed." Your company’s reputation takes a ding. We now have written proof that we have made an error. Now there is extra paperwork, extra visits which means extra money going away. How do you keep this from happening? The Truth is sometimes you just cannot. Sometimes it's not our fault. Vandalism happens, tiles get broken. Signs blow down, float rings get thrown over fences. It is our responsibility to fix it. The next key issue is finances. The base of the business itself. Banking relationships need to be developed. Commercial accounts take money. A 50 horsepower motor is not cheap and your check from the facility may be 30 days away. The contracts are definitely larger than the residential world, but so are the operating expenses, insurance requirements and even payroll, because you’re hiring a certified employee with training. All expenses need to be factored into contract pricing. Contracts are definitely more complex with RFQ's (Request For Quote) 90 pages deep. There is also the issue of communication.Communicate with your certified technicians the minimum standards required for filters, chemicals and even driving your truck. Communicate with property managers on contract price, repair issues that close the pool and ones that allow you to chemically dose. Communicate with the Department of Health when code violations are fixed or to ask if they could elaborate on what is the violation. Running a large commercial company takes skillsets. The best advice I can give for the operation of a commercial pool cleaning company is to have more paperwork than you thought you needed. It should cover every aspect of your company. Starting with your founding principles and core values of your business. Written expectations or score cards for employee performance. Daily schedules. Write it all down. What is the reward for operating commercial accounts? No nighttime calls. Very few weekend calls. Five, six or seven figure contracts. It can become financial independence as you assemble a great team. One of my biggest rewards… "Watch me! Watch me!" COMMER I L CON CTION
16 Florida Pool Prosm • August 2022 INSURANCE UPDATE By David Griffiths, Insurance by Ken Brown / email@example.com Senate Bill 222 and your insurance Without getting too deep, SB 222 created a licensing exemption for subcontractors working under the supervision of a Florida Swimming Pool and Spa Contractors licensee which is outlined under Section 489.105(3)(j),(k),(l) F.S. Effective July 1, 2022, swimming pool subcontractors will be exempt from all state and local specialty subcontractor licensing requirements. We have been asked by multiple clients, if this law, and if so how, affects swimming pool contractors or swimming pool specialty contractors General Liability insurance. A reoccurring question is, “If my CPC license now extends to the work performed by all of my Swimming Pool Specialty Contractors, are they now also covered by my insurance, and do I no longer need to get a Certificate of Insurance from them?” Others simply ask from the opposite perspective, “If I no longer need the SPSC license am I now covered for insurance by the pool contractor’s insurance?” Or, “If I elect not to maintain the Swimming Pool Specialty Contractor license will the coverage or price of my insurance be affected?” The answer to each question is that the change in Florida law has no effect on a company’s general liability insurance policy (or any other insurance for that matter). Both the CPC and SPSC contractors continue to have the same liability coverages afforded them and the same responsibility to make sure that any subcontractor they hire continues to have insurance limits and coverages in place to conform to their insurance carrier’s requirements for subcontracted work. In fact, there is actually no reference to a license in the standard general liability policy forms used by essentially any admitted carrier in Florida. There is no reference to coverage being tied to or restricted to the policy holder’s license. The license you carry defines what types of work you can legally perform. If your operations drift outside of that license’s permissions and a local jurisdiction becomes aware, you can get in trouble, but your insurance would
August 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 17 INSURANCE UPDATE not be involved simply for that reason (no alleged claim occurred). Let’s say, however, that you drift outside of the license’s permissions and potentially do cause a general liability claim. Meaning that during the course of your operations someone gets injured (other than an employee or subcontractor), or someone’s property is damaged (remember, GL specifically covers Bodily Injury & Property Damage). Here, too, if the local jurisdiction becomes aware you can get in trouble but how about your general liability insurance? How will it respond? Will the carrier defend and indemnify you or deny the claim? It’s a relatively easy answer. The answer is that, subject to the application of coverage forms to the incident and acceptance by the carrier, this is a covered claim by your insurance. Aga i n , t here ’ s no sec t i on , paragraph, or sentence (no reference of any kind) in the standard general liability policy forms used by admitted carriers with regards to restricting insurance to the permissions granted by a business or contractor license. So, as long as we mentioned it, what’s an admitted carrier and how can you tell if yours is? Well, first the major carriers such as Liberty Mutual, CNA, Nationwide, Allstate, Precision Control & BECS Controller Line • Reliable, 30 Year Track Record • All Items in Stock for Immediate Shipment • In-Field Service & Repair by Factory Techs • Leaders in Remote Control & Communication • ORP & Direct Reading PPM • Control Systems at Every Price Level Commercial Energy Specialists Excellence inWater Quality Control Since 1983 FL/Carribean Master Distributor/Service Center www.CESWaterQuality.com 800-940-1557
18 Florida Pool Prosm • August 2022 INSURANCE UPDATE Old Dominion Insurance, Auto Owners Insurance and Amerisure Insurance are all admitted carriers. That’s a good thing! The State of Florida reviews and approves all the rates and policy forms they use, they scrutinize each carrier individually financially and the State supports any insolvent carrier’s customers with the protections of the Florida Insurance Guaranty Fund. A non-admitted carrier, conversely, is allowed to do business in Florida, but the State is basically “hands off” regarding anything above. Plus, these carriers also must pay the state additional taxes and policy fees which they in turn charge you. You will see them on the declaration page of your policy. That is the easiest way to know. They retain at least 25% of your premium if you cancel early and the premium you pay will never be reduced. Even if the end of year audit shows lower payrolls, etc. you will never get a return or refund like you would with an admitted carrier. As mentioned above, non-admitted carriers also write and use their own policy and coverage forms without scrutiny by the State of Florida. It is literally a “buyer beware” situation. So, if you are insured by one of these carriers, SENSAFE ITSSENSAFE SENSAFE_ITS sensafe.com • firstname.lastname@example.org • 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
August 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 19 INSURANCE UPDATE please read your policy carefully. The coverage restrictions and exclusions can be significant and are often buried in the fine print of the forms. Now, there are occasions where a non-admitted carrier is the right, sometimes only, fit. To name a couple, excessively hazardous operations or excessive claims activity may limit your options. It is not the end of the world and often there is no choice, but it is undesirable. Finally, whether you have either a CPC or SPSC license and hire subcontractors, please scrutinize their insurance certificate closely to be sure they meet all the requirements of your carrier and to properly protect yourself. Even better, have a formal, written subcontractor agreement in place which mandates they carry specific coverages at specific limits of liability. The protection this offers to you is priceless when the sub causes a claim, and their insurance company attempts to deny coverage or responsibility. Your agent can help with all of this if you are unsure. Hopefully this clarifies how SB 222 intersects with general liability insurance. We are always eager to discuss any of this with you should you have any questions. i partners o o l s www.FloridaPoolPro.biz Come thrive with us, support your industry and business by joining or renewing! www.JoinFSPA.com
20 Florida Pool Prosm • August 2022 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS Broward Chapter Coordinator: Diane Michael (386) 538-1083 FSPABroward@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPABroward.com No news this month. Central Florida Chapter Coordinator: Sonja Dickey (941) 952-9293 FSPACentralFlorida@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPACentralFlorida.com Dr i ve Shack Member Ni gh t i s Augus t 5 ! Be sure t o s i gn up today! It is $50 for members and $75 for non-members for two h o u r s o f g o l f , d i n n e r , t w o d r i n k s a n d a c a s h b a r . A portion of the proceeds will be used to support the Pool Industry Pol i t ical Act ion Commi t tee (PIPAC) . Br ing a f r iend. Br ing your employees. Bring your family. You don’t want to miss this exciting and fun event! MADE IN THE USA w w w . p u r i t y p o o l . c o m FAMILIAR FAVORITES FULL SELECTION OF LEAF RAKES STAIN REMOVERS & TILE SCRUBBERS New! PELICAN FEATHERWEIGHT TRASH COLLECTOR SPA SCOOP Red Baron ULTRA-LITE GATOR Pro-Lite Fast & Easy Replacement Parts! Choose From:
August 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 21 SWIM MEET FSPA INVITATIONAL Swim Meet Presented by the Florida Swims foundation September 23-24, 2022 I want to SPONSOR the www.FSPASwimMeet.com A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. Call 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) or visit www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com. • Tabletop (6’) during event upon request • Logo on event T-shirt distributed to all athletes, coaches and volunteers • Full-page ad in program / event guide • 1/2-page ad in event heat sheets • 1/4-page ad in an issue of Florida Pool Prosm and recognition as a sponsor in the an issue • Banner displayed at the event • Logo on group banner displayed at the event $3,000 BUTTERFLY SPONSOR $2,000 BACKSTROKE SPONSOR • Logo on event T-shirt distributed to all athletes, coaches and volunteers • 1/2-page ad in program / event guide • 1/4-page ad in event heat sheets • Recognition as a sponsor in an issue of Florida Pool Prosm • Banner displayed at the event • Logo on group banner at event $1,000 FREESTYLE SPONSOR • Logo on event T-shirts • 1/4-page ad in program guide • Recognition in an issue of Florida Pool Prosm • Name on group banner at event Sponsorships support the event and the Florida Swims Foundation
22 Florida Pool Prosm • August 2022 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS Mark your calendar for the FSPA Summer Refresher at the FSPA T.E.C. Center on August 18 for seven hours of free CE classes to members, and $100 for non-members. Enroll at www.FSPACourses.com. Premier Pools of Central Florida and HornerXpress are proud to present the 2022 Casino Night and Silent Auction. Thank you Pool Corp, Pentair and National Pool Route Sales for your continued support as well! Please mark your calendar for September 30 for another great night benefiting education and safety around water! Contact Sonja for sponsorship and silent auction donation opportunities. The next Chapter Board of Directors meeting, which all members are encouraged to attend, is Friday, August 5 at 5:00 p.m. at Drive Shack – Lake Nona. Immediately following will be our member night out at Drive Shack! 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. Charlotte Harbor Chapter Coordinator: Sonja Dickey (941) 952-9293 FSPACharlotteHarbor@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPACharlotteHarbor.com On June 21 at Celtic Ray Pub, JanaAuringer, the regional quality assurance manager for PebbleTec, taught an amazing start up class to our members. Thank you, Jana, for taking the time to come to Florida! Sign up today for the CE class onAugust 8 with Dallas Thiesen, FSPASenior Director of Government Affairs. He will be teaching Can I do That? Swimming Pool License Scopes of Work & Limitations (CILB course #0613681, meets laws and rules requirement, FPSAd/b/a FSPACILB/ECLB/BOLAprovidership #0000917) at 6:00 p.m. at Pioneers Pizza in Port Charlotte. There are even more CE class opportunities - sign up today for the FSPA Summer Refresher on August 18. Members can get seven hours of free CE in one day! Sign up at www.FSPACourses.com. The next Chapter Board meeting, which all members are encouraged to attend, is August 8 at 5:00 p.m. at Pioneers Pizza. Please stay for the CE
August 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 23 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS 800.641.9247 www.sgm.cc Cool Blue Blue Super Blue Tahoe Blue French Gray Ivory Classic Specially formulated for commercial installations, Premium Commercial White offers a 10-year extended commercial warranty. This Diamond Brite product meets and exceeds industry and municipal standards for Total Solar Reflectance. Premium Commercial White Verde Aqua Blue Marlin Blue Midnight Blue Onyx Oyster Quartz Blue Quartz Aqua Quartz NEW_FSPA_Daimond Brite_2021_half_page.indd 1 7/9/2021 9:34:30 AM The Charlotte Harbor Chapter held a start-up class on June 21. Jana Auringer, PebbleTec. 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.
24 Florida Pool Prosm • August 2022 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS East Central Florida Chapter Coordinator: Diane Michael (386) 538-1083 FSPAEastCentralFlorida@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPAEastCentral.com What an auction! Raising over $10,000, we are thrilled with how fun this year's auction turned out. Our first year was the only other year we raised more than $10,000 – so thank you so much to all. With a new variety of items that weren't all in the pool industry, we were able to attract more members and guests to come out and bid. Thanks so much to this year's emcee Dennis Brooks, Cypress Creek Outdoors, who did an amazing job, and to all who bid and donated! Thank you very much to Candice Lucas, Lo-Chlor, for chairing this fundraiser! The next Chapter Meeting is Tuesday, August 9 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Houligan’s off of International Speedway! As always, future members’ dinners are on us so you can check out the Chapter. We do not have a select menu – you simply order and pay on your own so there is no cost to enter these Thank you to the generous donors and bidders in the East Central Florida Chapter's Annual Auction including Roy and Holly Waldhauer and Chris and Susan Hall. The East Central Florida Chapter wants to thank everyone who attended its Annual Auction which raised over $10,000! meetings. Lo-Chlor will be our sponsor so please come support Candice Lucas and her team for this informative meeting about chemistry. Another great meeting to invite your employees to learn the latest and greatest from Lo-Chlor! We are looking for new committee and Board members for the events coming up this year still like the Golf Tournament (10/28) and the Holiday Casino Party (12/13 or TBD) and for the 2023 Board year. If interested, please let Diane know. Let your employees and other members know that Tuesday, September 13 at our Chapter Meeting, Dallas Thiessen, FSPA
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26 Florida Pool Prosm • August 2022 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS Sr. Director of Government Affairs, will teach a CE course - FBC Advanced Module: 2020 Swimming Pool Updates (CILB course #0613859, meets Advanced requirement, 1 hr., FPSA d/b/a FSPA providership #0000917). The meeting time and location will be the same. Please save the date and plan on being there to learn more. Non-members pay $25 for this class. More details to come in a flyer in the Chapter News e-mail. Because we will host our Annual Golf Tournament on October 28 at Halifax Plantation, we won't have a Chapter meeting that month. Please update your calendars and save the date for this year's Tournament! Thank you to Keith Quint and Kerry Tait for chairing this fundraiser! Sponsorship and team registration will be sent to Chapter members and supporters soon. All meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. located at Houligans, 1725W International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, unless otherwise stated. Dinner cost is $30 for future members. Please be sure to bring a guest! Guests are welcome to attend two 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 or volunteer for 2023, please let 2023 Design Awards )ɵɸɗ ʃȱɏ SRɼɗ )ɵɸɗ ʃȱɏ Iʝʢə FSPA Design Award entries are accepted now through Nov. 1 www.FSPAawards.com Don’t leave it all until the last minute; enter submissions throughout the year!
August 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 27 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS Di know! November 8 is a Chapter Meeting sponsored by Jack’s Magic and December 13 or TBD will be 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 at @FSPAEastCentralChapter. Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Coordinator: Diane Michael (386) 538-1083 FSPAFloridaGulfCoast@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPAGulfCoast.com We had a blast at our Annual Member Appreciation Bowling Bash! Thanks to all who attended and especially to Callan Group Communications ($1,500), Lo-Chlor ($500) and HornerXpress ($500) for being our generous sponsors! We moved this event to Naples to attract those members. Thanks to all who came! View the pictures on our Facebook page. We are thrilled to have our Tabletop and Auction finally this year! Thanks to all who have signed up. This will be in place of our normal monthly meeting. It is Wednesday August 10 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Elks Lodge - 3231 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs. If you're planning on attending as a guest, please let Diane know. The more the merrier! There's still time to be a vendor. We are bringing the Tabletop back! And what a great time to have our Annual Auction, too! The flyer has been sent to all members and supporters and more details will be emailed in our Chapter News. We are really excited about this event. We are also collecting auction items now. Let us know if you are able to donate again this year! We thank you so much. Vendor set up is from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The event is from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and includes the Tabletop, food and drinks, networking, and an auction. From 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. is vendor breakdown. Vendors pay $400 which includes a table, two admissions, recognition on social media, and food the night of the Tabletop. Admission is a voluntary donation of $10 that will go towards our local Swim Lesson Donation Program.
28 Florida Pool Prosm • August 2022 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS Thank you to all who came out bowling at the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter's Annual Member Appreciation Night in Naples. The Fl or i da G u l f C o a s t Chapter held thei r Annual M e m b e r Appreciat ion Bowling Bash. Azure Pool & Deck Des ign brought their boys out! Sponsorships for the Tabletop are available. Gold Sponsorship is $500 and includes being recognized on all media related to the Tabletop including emails, flyers, Florida Pool Prosm, social media and more; one tabletop in location of your choice; four admissions into the event; and recognition at the event and the ability to address the attendees. Silver Sponsorship is $250: Can’t make the event but want to be recognized the night of as a SwimAmbassador? We will donate 100% of your payment to benefit the Chapter’s local swim lesson program which will be submitted for matching grants. You will be recognized Bui l t Right Pool Heaters won big at the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter held their Annual Member A p p r e c i a t i o n B o w l i n g B a s h . Thank you to Mark Sauro, Lo-Chlor, for sponsoring the event. on all media related to the Tabletop including emails, flyers, Florida Pool Prosm, social media, and more. Attendee admission is a voluntary $10 fee which will go toward our local Swim Lesson Donation Program. Admission includes dinner. We need to gain your RSVP for food count. Please donate your item for our Annual Auction. If you can't make it, we can still offer it to all that night. Thank you. Thank you so much to Mike Assad, ClearBlue Ionizer, for sponsoring the Chapter meeting on September 14. Please save the date to learn more about
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30 Florida Pool Prosm • August 2022 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS a n O v e r v i e w o f A l t e r n a t i v e S a n i t i z i n g S y s t e m s - which systems are best for which situations to minimize chemicals and maintenance. This meeting will be held at Famous Dave’s in Fort Myers from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Let your employees and other members know that Wednesday, November 9 at our Chapter Meeting, Dallas Thiessen from the State Office will be providing a CE - FBC Advanced Module: 2020 Swimming Pool Updates (CILB course #0613859, meetsAdvanced requirement, 1 hr., FPSAd/b/a FSPAprovidership #0000917). Please save the date and plan on being there to learn more. Nonmembers pay $25 for this class. More details are in the Chapter News email. All monthly Chapter meetings are from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Famous Dave’s in Fort Myers unless otherwise stated. Please be sure to bring guest! Their first dinner is always free to check out our growing Chapter. We are already booking out the calendar for 2023 so let Diane know if you want to host a behind-the-scenes tour, Chapter meeting or something new! We are back to the second Wednesday of the month for 2022. Please disregard all previous posts/mentions of the calendar. This is the updated 2022 calendar. Thank you for your understanding. All monthly meetings are from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Famous Dave’s in Fort Myers unless otherwise stated. Please be sure to bring guest! Their first dinner is always free to check out our growing Chapter. December 14, 2022 will be the “Not So Silent Night” Holiday Party /Casino Night. Mark your calendars. Follow us at Facebook.com/FSPAFLGulfCoast and Instagram.com/ FSPAGulfCoast. We appreciate your continued support! Florida West Coast Chapter Coordinator: Malinda Howard (727) 638-6072 FSPAFloridaWestCoast@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPAWestCoast.com The Chapter kicked off the Independence Day celebration with a night at the ballpark on Sunday, July 3, at BayCare Ballpark in Clearwater. Pool professionals, their families, and friends, enjoyed an all-you-care-to-eat buffet in the Big Shark Cafe, the baseball game, and an outstanding post-
August 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 31 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS The Florida West Coast Chapter had a great Night at the Ballpark event on July 3. Rachel Clark and Ryan Lucas, Rick's Pool Service. The FloridaWest Coast Chapter's Independence Day celebration at the ballpark. Alex Fletcher, A q u a W o r x , and Katharine Conard. B r i a n Ga n g e l h o f f , A Pool's Best Fr i end , and Greg Sammel, Pinch-A-Penny - Hudson, at the ballgame. T i m C o n v e r s e , Solar Solutions, and Ta y l o r And e r s e n SCP Distributors - Clearwater game fireworks show. Thank you to everyone who came out to join us for an evening of food, fun and fireworks! The Chapter Board met Tuesday, July 5at Queen’sPizza inClearwater. Thank you to Alex Fletcher and AquaWorx for sponsoring the lunch. The next Chapter Board of Directors meeting will be held at noon on Tuesday, August 2 at Bayou Club, 7979 Bayou Club Blvd., Largo. The Chapter’s Board of Directors meetings are usually scheduled for the first Tuesday of the month. All Chapter members are welcome to attend. We are always interested in hearing your ideas for Chapter meetings and programs. On Monday, June 20, the Chapter presented Radiant Aquatics with a donation for swim lessons. Radiant Aquatics provides swim lessons at the Clearwater High School pool. They offer scholarships for foster children. Through our donation last year and a matching grant, they were able to teach more than 30 children in the foster program how to swim. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the Florida West Coast Chapter’s 25th Annual Pool Industry TableTopEvent onTuesday, October 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
32 Florida Pool Prosm • August 2022 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS at Ruth Eckerd Hall – Great Room, 1111 McMu l l en Booth Road, Clearwater. We will have an exciting mixture of pool industry displays, food, drinks, and prizes. All suppliers and vendors should make plans to display their products at this popular event which is always well attended by pool industry professionals. Reserve your spot by Tuesday, September 27. Call or e-mail the The Florida West Coast Chapter donated money for swim lessons to Radiant Aquatics. Rick Howard, Coach Kyle Trelka, Radiant Aquatics; and David Oxley. Chapter office today for exhibitor registration information. Manasota Chapter Coordinator: Sonja Dickey (941) 952-9293 FSPAManasota@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPAManasota.com Mark your calendar for the FSPA Summer Refresher at the FSPA T.E.C. Center on August 18 for seven hours of free CE classes to members, and New FSPA members WELCOME! America's Swimming Pool Company Tampa | SCC131152538 Rhino Carbon Fiber Naples
August 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 33 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS $100 for non-members. Enroll at www.FSPACourses.com. The nex t Chap t e r Boa r d o f Di r ec t o r s mee t i ng , wh i ch a l l members are encouraged to attend, wi l l be Tuesday, August 9 at 11:45 a.m. at the FSPAT.E.C. Center, 2555 Porter Lake Dr., Ste. 104, Sarasota. 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 Manasota Chapter to keep up with upcoming events and meetings. North Central Florida Chapter Coordinator: Sonja Dickey (941) 952-9293 FSPANorthCentralFlorida@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPANorthCentral.com T h e N o r t h Central Florida Chapter held a CE class last month taught by David Pruette. Thank you Dave Pruette, David Pruette Electrical Services, for joining us in Gainesville last month for an electrical CE class. We appreciate your knowledge and expertise! Do you still need CE credits before the August deadline? If so, sign up for the FSPA Summer Refresher today! Seven hours of free CE to our members and $100 for non-members. It will be held August 18 at the FSPA T.E.C. Center in Sarasota. Register at www.FSPACourses.com. The next Chapter Board meeting, which all members are encouraged to attend, will be Wednesday, August 17 at 7:00 p.m. via zoom - meeting ID is 698 085 1212 and password is 1234. 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
34 Florida Pool Prosm • August 2022 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS The Nor t heas t Florida Chapter had a great day of deep sea fishing in June. already, please like our Facebook page at FSPA North Central Chapter to keep up with upcoming events and meetings. Northeast Florida Chapter Coordinator: Debi Garner (941) 952-9293 FSPANortheastFlorida@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPANortheast.com Happy dog days of summer! Hard to believe we are already through more than half the year! TheAnnual Deep Sea Fishing Trip was on June 24! The weather was great, seas were calm and everyone got on the fish! That means it was a great day fishing! Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the Chapter. Please mark your calendars for the following dates: September 9 is a Skeet Shoot at Jax Clay Sports; October 20 is Oktoberfest at Speck Pumps; November 16 is the Table Top at Maggiano’s; and in December there will be no meeting. The upcoming State Board meeting will be held September 16-17, 2022 at Lido Beach Resort in Sarasota. The rate cut off is August 29! The annual FSPA High School Invitational Swimming & Diving Meet is set