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2 Florida Pool Prosm • December 2021 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 Government Affairs Manager Dallas Thiesen Accounting Manager Cheryl Cotten Workforce Education Program Manager Leslie Root Administrative Assistant Valerie Swika President Maurice Bushroe Blue Ribbon Pools, Daytona Beach Vice-President Mickey Sigmon Pool Pro, Inc., Fort Pierce Treasurer Don Ball The Pool Works of Florida, Inc., Largo Secretary Deidre Bedford West Coast Pools, Bradenton At-Large Director Ben Evans American Pools and Spas, Inc., Orlando Past President David Pruette David Pruette’s Electrical Services, Inc. Orange Park Published monthly by the Florida Swimming Pool Association CONTENTS ACCESS to your future success through your membership in FSPA President's Column S *** You Should Know 2021 is coming to a close Executive Director's Column Florida Swims Foundation FSPA Board members testify in Senate Committee Know your flow before you build : Utilizing CFD to validate flow Builder Article Busy, busy! Commercial Article DBPR runs digital ads focused on hiring licensed swimming pool contractors Update on State of Florida requirements Insurance Article Chapter News Calendar 4 4 6 8 9 10 14 13 17 23 38 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. January 14-15 Board of Directors Meeting Hilton UF Conference Center Gainesville
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4 Florida Pool Prosm • December 2021 FSPA PRESIDENT FSPA President Maurice Bushroe president@FloridaPoolPro.com ACCESS to your future success through your membership in FSPA A: The 2022 Florida Legislative Session will run for 60 days from January 11, 2022 until March 11, 2022. FSPA's working on many exciting initiatives for 2022; stay up-to-date by reading the Florida Pool Prosm and reading FSPA’s weekly email updates. If you have any government affairs questions please contact FSPA Government Affairs Manager Dallas Thiesen at 941-952-9293 or at Dallas@FloridaPoolPro.com. . S *** You Should Know Q: When is the 2022 Florida Legislative Session? I’msureeachpreviousFSPAPresident approached the December president’s column with a mixture of relief and sadness. The monthly hint from Charis Tyson that it’s time once again to put your FSPA experiences and observations together and send them in for publication is a reminder that the year passes so quickly. The 2022 Officers you have recently chosen for your Chapters are ready to keep next year’s Board of Directors moving forward on our major initiatives of membership growth and education, advancing our goals in government, and leadership development
December 2021 • Florida Pool Prosm 5 FSPA PRESIDENT for the Association. It is your responsibility as members to keep pushing us forward and I implore you to do so. Am I sad this year is coming to an end? Actually, not as much as I expected. I’m incredibly excited about our future. We have a new and extremely talented executive director, our industry has never witnessed 2021’s level of growth and success, and we have committed to reducing the tragedy of childhood water accidents on an unprecedented scale. There are so many people I want to thank for their support over the past year, but three stand out. From my first day in office, Bill Kent has answered every phone call from me, supported every initiative, and demonstrated how much one incredibly focused person can change the future for Florida’s children. Believe me, Bill Kent’s hugs are only half as strong as his heart. It was a terribly sad year for Ken Brown and his children as they lost the matriarch of their family. And yet Ken never complained and never waivered in his support of the scholarship fund that now bears her name. I am very proud to be associated with the Margaret M. Brown Scholarship Fund, and to know Ken and his family. And then there’s Mickey Sigmon, your 2022 president, who will be as strong a leader as he was a supporting member of the Executive Committee for the past four years. He has demonstrated that he is ready to dedicate himself to FSPA as much as he did to helping me in 2021. It was five years ago that I stepped onto the FSPA leadership track and was challenged to revive PIPAC. That one worked out pretty well, thanks to all of you, and I hope you will allow me stay involved with the Florida Swims Foundation well into the future. It has been a great honor to sit in this chair for a brief time, and I thank you all for granting me the privilege of serving as president. Have a great month!
6 Florida Pool Prosm • December 2021 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 2021 is coming to a close Elizabeth McMurray FSPA Executive Director Elizabeth@FloridaPoolPro.com Wow, the last quarter of 2021 has flown by! So many amazing things have happened and we are in the planning and implementation stages of so much more. As you may have read in this latest edition of our Florida Pool Prosm magazine, Maurice Bushroe, our current Board President, is wrapping up his tenure and saying his goodbyes to all of you in his current role. I personally want to take this opportunity to thank Maurice for welcoming me to my new role at FSPA and for all the time and care he has taken to get me up to speed on our history and current priorities. I’m excited to continue to work with him as a member of the Executive Committee, Board and through future work of our Florida Swims Foundation. Maurice, you rock – thank you for all you do to make us successful! Things are really starting to ramp up here at the state office when it comes to preparation for our 50th Anniversary Everything Under the Sunsm Expo! If you haven’t received a phone call from me yet, you can anticipate that, as I am reaching out to our members and former exhibitors to get to know you all better and how we can better serve you through our tradeshow experience. I hope everyone reading this is planning to participate as either an exhibitor or an attendee. We are well on our way to meeting our goals and hope you will be a part of supporting FSPA through your participation. We also have a few sponsorship and marketing opportunities left during the event, so if you have any interest or questions regarding them please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly so I can lead you in the right direction as to what may work best for your organization and its goals. I hope you all have an amazing holiday season and get to spend time decompressing and connecting with your loved ones. I am eager to work with you all in the new year and see some of you at our January 2022 Board Meeting! Until then, all my best.
December 2021 • Florida Pool Prosm 7 FLORIDA POOL PERMITS Permits provided by HBW / www.hbweekly.com County Name October 2020 October 2021 Alachua County 17 6 Bay County 22 26 Brevard County 106 90 Broward County 44 63 Charlotte County 101 116 Citrus County 40 21 Clay County 27 18 Collier County 156 227 Dade County 188 174 Duval County 98 63 Escambia County 18 69 Flagler County 42 36 Franklin County 0 2 Gadsden County 1 1 Gulf County 0 0 Hernando County 26 49 Highlands County 5 6 Hillsborough County 199 180 Holmes County 4 0 Indian River County 56 17 Jackson County 5 2 Jefferson County 0 0 Lake County 48 50 Lee County 220 375 Leon County 24 15 Liberty County 0 0 Manatee County 179 177 Marion County 21 24 Martin County 58 27 Nassau County 23 28 Okaloosa County 27 37 Orange County 185 151 Osceola County 39 16 Palm Beach County 213 283 Pasco County 160 147 Pinellas County 86 46 Polk County 94 118 Putnam County 4 4 Santa Rosa County 40 37 Sarasota County 145 167 Seminole County 16 10 St Johns County 119 85 St Lucie County 102 53 Sumter County 47 47 Volusia County 50 71 Wakulla County 3 3 Walton County 28 44 Washington County 1 1 TOTALS 3087 3182 County Name October 2020 October 2021
8 Florida Pool Prosm • December 2021 FLORIDA SWIMS Join members in this commitment Support swim lessons to create lifelong swimmers and pool lovers! Make the commitment to donate monthly a specific amount per pool built or pool cleaned (account). You can choose any amount! Visit www.FloridaSwims.org to sign up and choose your payment amount, frequency and payment type. Join FSPA At-Large Director Ben Evans, American Pools & Spas, in his commitment of $100 per pool built! Donors can display the badge on their website, social media, and contracts! Donations are tripled! www.FloridaSwims.org The Florida Swims Foundation's partnership with PHTA's Step Into Swim and ISHOF's Every Child A Swimmer program sends your donation back to your area after it has been matched twice. Donate now as a one-time donation or make the commitment and make donations monthly or quarterly.
December 2021 • Florida Pool Prosm 9 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE Last month, FSPA Board Directors Mike Canto (North Central Florida Chapter) and Tony Arredondo (Tampa Bay Chapter) travelled to Tallahassee to meet with state Senate staff regarding FSPA’s swimming pool subcontractor exemption bill, SB 222 by Sen. Joe Gruters, and testify before the Senate Regulated Industries Committee. On November 2, 2021 Mike Canto and TonyArredondo testified before the Florida Senate Regulated Industries Committee in support of SB 222, explaining how the subcontractor labor shortage is hurting the swimming pool and spa industry and that SB 222 will help ease the subcontractor labor shortage. After a very brief discussion, the Senate Regulated Industries Committee unanimously passed SB 222 out of committee, moving the bill to it second policy committee in the Senate. SB 222 would exempt Florida swimming pool and spa subcontractors from the currently required state or local licensing requirements, granting swimming pool contractors a similar exemption to the “JimWalters Exemption” that allows general contractors to hire unlicensed subcontractors. For years the swimming pool and spa industry has suffered from lack of subcontractor labor, passing SB 222 and the House of Representatives counterpart HB 267 is a priority of the FSPA for the 2022 Legislative Session. Allowing swimming pool and spa contractors to hire unlicensed subcontractors will help alleviate the severe subcontractor shortage and help grow the industry. If you have any question about this bill or any other government affairs matter please e-mail Dallas@FloridaPoolPro.com. By Dallas Thiesen, FSPA Government Affairs Manager / dallas@FloridaPoolPro.com FSPA Board members testify in Senate Committee
10 Florida Pool Prosm • December 2021 DIGGING UP IDEAS Traditionally when designing flow, whether for moving currents in rivers or recirculation in pools, achieving a desired flow profile has been a trial-and-error process. It seems intuitive that pointing inlets in a certain direction would result in water flowing in a smooth, even path throughout the body of water to its eventual exit through a suction or gravity outlet, gutter, skimmer, or another outflow. However, the physics behind fluid flow and the way velocity, pressure, turbulence, geometry, and other factors interact to affect water flow, can create unexpected results such as eddies, counterflow, dead spots, and aging water. The obvious problem with trial-and-error is that once the project is built it is almost always cost and time prohibitive to change the configuration of inlets and outlets to alter the resulting flow, so any information learned to improve the design will only benefit future projects. Know your flow before you build: Utilizing CFD to validate flow By Jeff Berger, Daldorado LLC / firstname.lastname@example.org 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
December 2021 • Florida Pool Prosm 11 DIGGING UP IDEAS Utilizing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to simulate fluid flow predicts how the water will interact throughout the model. It first came to application in the 1970’s, but due to the associated high costs and computing resources, along with the complexity of the calculations, it was applied almost exclusively to high level applications such as the military, aerospace, and automobile design. However, technological advances in computing power and physics calculations have reduced the costs and resources required for CFD modeling and has given the industry much wider access to it. CFD has gained significant traction in the aquatic design community and examples of its application have been seen on projects worldwide, include several here in Florida. Typical application is for flowing water, such as in rivers or water features, but it has also been applied to pools to ensure proper circulation of the entire body of water. Some large organizations have CFD capability in-house to enhance their design process, and third-party service providers also exist to assist smaller design or design-build projects that do not have the resources to have CFD capability in house. CFD modeling has been applied to some of the largest water parks with complex water dynamics down to the optimization of small residential pools. The key to accurate results is having models properly set up and each important variable defined, down to parameters such as the Schmidt number, diffusion coefficients, and mesh geometry. Having someone experienced with Unexpected eddy/ counterflow found in a river Aged water identified in a beach entry/river combination Analysis of inlet jet performance
12 Florida Pool Prosm • December 2021 DIGGING UP IDEAS GENUINE REPLACEMENT PARTS! Look for Super•Pro replacements for your favorite name-brand OEM parts. CFD and engineering design to assist is critical to ensure details and physical properties are not missed that could greatly affect the outcome. Using CFD to validate system flow can help optimize cost, performance, and safety. CFD essentially finds the velocity, pressure, turbulence, water “age,” and other characteristics in the entire body that is modeled. Often, just the “pool” with the inlets and outlets are defined, but the model can also include the entire piping network and individual components such as specific inlet jets and angles. Cost: Reduce construction and operating costs by “right-sizing” the number and positions of inlets and outlets, pump capacity, and piping to most efficiently move water in the desired direction and speed. Select the specific components and positioning (e.g. inlet jet, suction outlet, SOFAs vs. weirs, etc.) best suited for the project’s application. For large projects, CFD can be used to compare a central pump house to modular pumping stations to find the most efficient solution. Performance: Identify and adjust the design to eliminate dead spots, counterflows, and eddies. Identify steep gradients of velocity (where fastmoving water is close to slow moving water, particularly in a river) and adjust the design to smooth the velocity profile. Safety: Ensure pools recirculate and filter the entire volume of water instead of turning over the same sub-volume of water. Identify fast moving water around entry and exit points, undercurrents, and other undesired conditions. Consider CFD as another tool in the toolbox now available to augment the design process and deliver excellent projects. It is already gaining traction in aquatic design and wi l l become more prominent into the future, for both large and small projects.
December 2021 • Florida Pool Prosm 13 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: DBPR During the month of November the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) ran a digital advertising campaign to educate consumers on the importance of hiring licensed swimming pool contractors and how to verify a contractor’s license. The campaign highlighted that a licensed swimming pool and spa contractor has the education, experience, insurance and qualifications to obtain their license and that non-licensed contractors do not have insurance, leaving the consumer liable to for damages or injuries. The campaign ran for the month of November on Facebook, Instagram, the Nextdoor app, and Google Ads. The campaign was in English and Spanish and ran in Orlando, Sarasota, Tampa, West Palm Beach and the surrounding counties. This advertising campaign is a direct result of FSPA working with the DBPR to tackle unlicensed contracting issues. By Dallas Thiesen, FSPA Government Affairs Manager / dallas@FloridaPoolPro.com DBPR runs digital ads focused on hiring licensed swimming pool contractors
14 Florida Pool Prosm • December 2021 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 COMMERCIAL CONNECTION It seems like a big part of conversations these days is listening to people telling you how busy they are. It’s become the default response when you ask anyone how they are doing, “Busy.” Just about every conversation these days starts or ends with phrases such as, “I’m too busy;” “crazy busy;” “I can’t keep up.” I’m not sure if the response is a boast or a disguised complaint; to which I respond with kind intentions, “What a great problem to have.” And yes, it is a problem. Unfortunately, busy isn’t the measure of how productive, profitable or successful we are. As the old saying goes, “If the devil can’t make you bad; he’ll make you busy.” The “busy trap” has the potential to drift your life off track, steal your joy, and lead you to a path of serious burn-out. I believe we are living in the greatest time in all of human history, with abundant opportunities and resources. However, with that said, it’s not about Busy, busy! By Jeff Clarkson, Florida Bonded Pools / firstname.lastname@example.org
December 2021 • Florida Pool Prosm 15 COMMERCIAL CONNECTION the time, opportunities, or even all the opportunities and resources in the world. What good is it if you can’t take advantage of them or sometimes even worse, find yourself pursing the wrong ones. Time is the most precious commodity we have and you either manage it or it manages you. When things get as busy as they are now, the first activity typically sacrificed is time for personal and career planning and goal setting. Planning and goal setting is hard work which is probably why some people tend to avoid it. This is what I like to refer to as working on the business rather than working in the business, or charting your course. It takes discipline and commitment to make the time to think, challenge yourself, and ask the tough questions and “what ifs.” We live in a time when questions have become more important than answers. Just ask Google! If you’re not asking the right questions, you may be getting off track. Busy times tend to dull the senses. It’s important to stop and take the time to ask yourself tough questions. For example, questions such as: Why am I doing what I do? What does success look like to me? Do I have a purpose greater than myself? Are my relationships strong or am I sacrificing family time for the career? What are 2021 lessons learned? How can I give back? The answers to the questions become the framework for your goals. Written goals reviewed regularly are 80% more likely to be achieved. I’ll take those odds. You can’t just write out your goals and file them away; you must review them regularly. You must decide for yourself if the time is worth it; but from my experience I would highly recommend it. 2021 will soon be in the history books. Time sure does fly when you’re busy. Hopefully the lessons of this past year have made us better. As Jim Rohn said, “Don’t wish your life was easier, make yourself better and your life gets easier.” One thing is certain, times will change; asking the right questions, planning and setting goals is the best measure to prepare for changes which bring about more opportunities. Wishing All a Merry Christmas and may your holidays be busy with those you love!
16 Florida Pool Prosm • December 2021 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS MARGARET M. BROWN Presented by the Florida Swimming Pool Association REGISTER NOW! March 4-5, 2022 Orlando, Florida th Anniversary 2020 - Last in-person pool show pre-COVID 2021 - First safely held in-person pool show 2022 - BEST pool show for 50 years! www.UnderTheSunExpo.com
December 2021 • Florida Pool Prosm 17 INSURANCE UPDATE Florida Employers must now report independent contractors hired by their business Under a new Florida law effective October 1, Florida employers must report independent contractors they hire to the Florida New Hire Reporting Center. Florida employers have been required to report newly hired employees within 20 days of hiring to the New Hire Reporting Center. This requirement was designed to help the state collect child support. Reporting independent contractors (non-employees) was not part of this requirement, but this has changed with the new law. Starting October 1, 2021, in addition to reporting newly hired employees, businesses must report to the State of Florida’s directory of new hires any independent contractor that it pays $600 or more in a calendar year (basically, By David Griffiths, Insurance by Ken Brown / email@example.com Update on State of Florida requirements 800.641.9247 www.sgm.cc Specially designed with a patent pending proprietary formula, the six unique Diamond Brite Jewels finishes have unparalleled fade resistance and are highly UV stable. Through the years this will be the catalyst for keeping your rich, vibrant finish color as beautiful as when it was first installed, taking your poolscape from ordinary to something extraordinary. Why the Best Choice for Your Pool is... FSPA_DB_Jewels_half_page_Revision_Aug_2020.indd 1 8/19/2020 11:17:23 AM
18 Florida Pool Prosm • December 2021 INSURANCE UPDATE into the right crowd FALL www.FloridaPoolPro.biz - Free education for everyone in the company - Regulatory and legislative involvement - Networking and fun with pool pros - Marketing through consumer search engine and member logo Text JOIN to 941-301-8002 / call 941-952-9293 / www.JoinFSPA.com anyone your business issues a tax form 1099 to for the year). If your business already reports new hires to the New Hire Reporting Center, the process for reporting independent contractors is the same. If you pay an individual who is not an employee $600 or more in a calendar year for services provided in the course of your trade or business, you will need to report: • The independent contractor’s name, address, Social Security number. • The date the independent contractor first provided services to your business. • The name, address, and FEIN of your business. Reports are due within 20 days of when your business pays the independent contractor or when your business signs a contract with them, whichever is earlier. You can report newly hired employees and independent contractors electronically or you can file a paper form by either mail or fax. Here’s the website to report new hires or to print forms: https://servicesforemployers. floridarevenue.com.
December 2021 • Florida Pool Prosm 19 INSURANCE UPDATE If your business has hired independent contractors this year, you should immediately review howmuch they have been paid so far in 2021 and determine if they will meet the $600 threshold before the end of 2021. As soon as they reach $600 in payments from your business, it triggers the requirement to report them within 20 days. Also, if your business is considering hiring new independent contractors, you need to determine if signing the contract will trigger the $600 reporting threshold. If you have a payroll service that already reports your new employees to the state for your business, you need to determine if they are going to report your independent contractors or if your business will have to report them. If you have questions, you can call the Florida New Hire Reporting Center at 888-854-4791 or visit the website listed above. Can Florida Employers require employees to be vaccinated? At this time, the answer is yes, employers can require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. There is no Florida law that prohibits private employers from requiring employees, vendors, and independent contractors to be vaccinated or to provide documentation of their vaccination. Also, there is no Florida law that prohibits employers from requiring employees to wear masks while at work. The rules are different for customers of a business. A law in effect since September 16 gives the state the ability to fine businesses up to $5,000 for each patron or customer who is required to show proof of vaccination. There is a potential for this to change on a Federal level as follows: The Occupational Safety and Heal th Administration (OSHA)
20 Florida Pool Prosm • December 2021 INSURANCE UPDATE says it is "seeking comment" about whether businesses with fewer than 100 employees should be subject to the COVID-19 vaccine and testing mandate it is implementing on big business. OSHA's requirement will force businesses with more than 100 employees to mandate vaccines or else their employees will need to wear masks and be tested for COVID-19 weekly. It will go into effect January 4. But according to a summary released by OSHA, it appears to be considering implementing the rule for small business as well. "OSHA is confident that employers with 100 or more employees have the administrative capacity to implement the standard’s requirements promptly but is less confident that smaller employers can do so without undue disruption," the summary says. "OSHA needs additional time to assess the capacity of smaller employers and is seeking comment to help the agency make that determination." The same language is included in theFederal Register page for the vaccine rule. A Department of Labor spokesperson said that it is indeed considering Download the brand new FSPA app! Go to http://community.floridapoolpro.com and you should see a prompt to download the app and save it to your homepage (Don't see it? Try again in Google Chrome). Members will login to view additional information throughout the app (look for an e-mail with your password). You will be able to access member benefits like the prescription discount card and Office Depot/ Office Max savings cards. All company employees are members too! Tell them all to download the app (they will need to register with a unique email address). View the calendar of events, see any industry alerts and access this publication. Quick and easy access to pool industry information!
December 2021 • Florida Pool Prosm 21 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS whether to extend the vaccine or mask and testing mandate to businesses with fewer than 100 workers. "OSHA chose a 100-employees threshold at this time because the agency is confident that employers with 100 or more employees have the administrative capacity to implement the standard’s requirements promptly," the spokesperson said. "Because the emergency situation required OSHA to act quickly, the information immediately available to the agency did not allow it to confidently assess the impact on smaller firms." The spokesperson added: "OSHA will consider whether to extend the rule to smaller firms in the public rulemaking that begins with the publication of this emergency rule." Do employees get overtime in weeks with a paid holiday? Question: I pay my employees for holidays (like Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day) that fall during the work week, even though my business is closed, and the employees do not have to work. If I pay my employees for 8 hours on the holiday when the business is closed, do those 8 hours count as time worked and entitle employees to overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours the other days of that week? Answer: The short answer is no. Overtime is only earned on hours the employee actually worked. If an employee is paid but is not actually working (for example, a paid holiday, paid sick leave, etc.), that time is not counted as time at work, so those hours are not counted towards the 40-hour cap. A paid day off when your business is closed due to a holiday (8 hours in the above example) does not count as work, because the employee was given the day off and was not at work. This means that in a holiday week, if employees are paid for the holiday and do not actually work that day, they can work up to 40 hours on the remaining days in that work week before you have to pay them overtime. Keep in mind that businesses in Florida are not required to pay employees on workdays when the business is closed, like a holiday. Employers are only obligated to pay employees for hours they actually work unless your company’s policy manual provides for paid holidays. This article only addresses employers who choose to pay employees for holidays when the business is closed. From all of us at IBKB we wish you a very merry and happy holiday season!
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December 2021 • Florida Pool Prosm 23 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS Broward Chapter Coordinator: Jasmine Knight (954) 683-8843 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 The Chapter would like to welcome Presidential Pools & Spas as our newest Chapter member. We have an exciting 2022 planned and we look forward to seeing you at the upcoming events! Thank you to the 2021 Chapter Board of Directors for their hard work and dedication to the FSPA throughout the year: President Todd Koonts, Spies Pool; Vice President Adam Alstott, Tropical Pools; Secretary Jay Cunningham, Picture Perfect Pools; Treasurer ShawnWiseman, Wiseman Pools; and Directors: Mike Dooley, HornerXpress; Steve Bludsworth, All Pool Service and Supply; Derek Brown, Insurance by Ken Brown; Nick Arceneaux, Superior Solar; Stephen Corbett, Red Rhino Leak; Ken Martin, MartinAquatic Design & Engineering; Ben Evans, American Pools and Spas; Richard Moseley, Holland Pools; and Colleen Salvage. The Chapter welcomes the incoming 2022 Board of Directors. They are as follows: President Todd Koonts, Spies Pool; Vice President Adam Alstott, Tropical Pools; Secretary JayCunningham, PicturePerfect Pools; Treasurer Shawn Wiseman, Wiseman Pools; and Directors: Ben Evans, American Pools and Spas; Steve Bludsworth, All Pool Service and Supply; Derek Brown, Insurance by Ken Brown; Nick Arceneaux, Superior Solar; Ken Martin, Martin Aquatic Design & Engineering; Richard Moseley, Holland Pools; Mike Dooley, HornerXpress; and Colleen Salvage. Thank you for getting involved with your local Chapter; we appreciate your commitment! Mark your calendar for January 11! Erik Szabo, Partner, Board Certified in Construction Law at Shutts & Bowen LLP, will be teaching us about the Fundamentals of Florida Construction Contracts (CILB course #0613190, meets Business Practices requirement, FPSA d/b/a FSPA CILB/ECLB/BOLA
24 Florida Pool Prosm • December 2021 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS Board of Directors! Take part in our gift exchange too! To participate, bring a wrapped $20 gift. This event is open to all, so feel free to bring anyone you want! We look forward to your RSVP! Mark your calendar for January 11! The Chapter wants to help you get all of your CE credits under your belt before the August 2022 deadline! Join us for Lockout/ Providership #0000917). The class will be held at the HiltonAltamonte Springs at 6:00 p.m. If you are interested in being first in line for the 2022 5th annual Casino Night & Silent Auction, mark your calendars for September 30 at Dubsdread. Sponsorships are now available! Touch base with Sonja more information. The nex t Chap t er Board mee t i ng , wh i ch a l l member s are encouraged to at tend, wi l l be Tuesday, January 11 at 5:00 p.m. at the Hilton Altamonte Springs prior to our CE class beginning at 6:00 p.m. Your 2021/2022 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 Thank you to our members and guests who attended our Basecrete waterproofing informational meeting last month. If you happened to miss it and want more information, please contact Sonja. The 2021 FSPA Charlotte Harbor Christmas Party and Gift Exchange will be December 8 at 6:00 p.m. at Harbor Social. The cost of $30 per person includes food, beverages, and a ton of fun with your FSPA Charlotte Harbor The Charlotte Harbor Chapter and the Manasota Chapter held a joint meeting with Basecrete presenting.
December 2021 • Florida Pool Prosm 25 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS New FSPA members WELCOME! Florida Pool Fills, Inc. Shawn Luttenauer | CPC1459146 Jeff Howland Retiree Tagout of Hazardous Energy (CILB course #0613249, meets Pool Electrical requirement, FPSA d/b/a FSPA CILB/ECLB/BOLA providership #0000917) taught by Peter Sehmer, Amerisure. This will be January 11 at 6:00 p.m. at Pioneers Pizza in Port Charlotte. Please RSVP today! Back by popular demand! Watch your inbox for a member night ou t a t t he Axe Haus ! Jo i n us Februar y 3 f rom 6 : 30 p .m. - 9:00 p.m. The cost is $40 per member or $50 per non-member and includes 2.5 hours of axe throwing, dinner from Dubs BBQ and refreshments. We look forward to seeing you there! Thank you to the 2021 Chapter Board of Directors for their hard work and dedication to the FSPA throughout the year: President Nicki Pressley, WEK &Associates; Vice President Tim Conroy, HornerXpress; Secretary/ Treasurer Virge Jones, SCP; and Directors Ken Moyer, Brenntag; and Rob Mathewson, Pool 911. We miss you, Tim! The Chapter welcomes the incoming 2022 Board of Directors. They are as follows: President Nicki Pressley, WEK & Associates; Vice President Ken Moyer, Brenntag; Secretary/Treasurer Virge Jones, SCP; and Directors: Mike Kopke, Pebble Tec; Corinne Kopke, Superior Pools, and Rob Mathewson, Pool 911.We look forward to a full and rewarding year with all of you!
26 Florida Pool Prosm • December 2021 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS Your 2021/2022 Directors are working on exciting and educational events. To name a few, the Chapter plans on another night out of axe throwing in February, a golf tournament in May, and many CE classes for 2022. 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. East Central Florida Chapter Coordinator: Diane Michael (386) 538-1083 FSPAEastCentralFlorida@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPAEastCentral.com We are thrilled to announce that the East Central Florida Chapter will be hosting our first ever Casino Night for our Christmas Party this year! It is Tuesday, December 14 from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 55 Town Center Blvd in Palm Coast. Thank you so much to Larry Drumb, Pool Renovations by Larry, for chairing this event! Dress is cocktail attire and there are discounted rooms that night at the hotel; call (386) 586-2463 and make your reservations today; just ask for the FSPA discount! We so appreciate those who have already committed! Sponsors: Gorman Company, HornerXpress - Bar Sponsor, Cypress Creek Outdoors - DJ Sponsor, Hayward - Food Sponsor, SCP, Fluidra - Roulette Wheel Sponsor, Vak Pak – Craps Table Sponsor, and Wauldhauer & Son - Black Jack Table Sponsor. Tickets are $50 and include food, chips and more. Contact Diane to purchase. Tickets will be $75 at the door. We are also looking for auction items. If you cannot make it, please send an item for us to auction off. Thank you! The Chapter meeting in November was sponsored by Jack’s Magic. Joel Gray, Jack's Magic, always brings a great presentation, and he didn’t disappoint again this year. Thank you, Joel, for always supporting the East Central Florida Chapter! Thank you to all who came and stepped up. We thank you for your continued support of our Chapter! We are so grateful for our volunteers, especially those who step up to serve as our Chapter Directors on the Board. This is your 2022 line-up. If you would
December 2021 • Florida Pool Prosm 27 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS like to help us with any events or councils, please let Diane know. • Keith Quint, Gorman Company – Chapter President, PIPAC and Bylaws Committee • Holly Waldhauer, Mermaid Lagoon – Chapter Vice President and Education Committee • Roy Waldhauer, Waldhauer & Son – Chapter Past President • Dennis Brooks, Cypress Creek Outdoors – Chapter Secretary • Kerry Tait, Insurance by Ken Brown – Chapter Treasurer and Safety & Consumer Awareness Committee • Coby Moore, CM Custom Pools – Chapter Director and Builders Council • Candice Lucas, Lo-Chlor – Chapter Director and Membership Committee Also volunteering for state councils are Basia Welten, McBride Land Services - Service Council; and TomGilbert, East Coast Pools - Commercial Council. All meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Houligans, 1725 W International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, unless otherwise stated. Dinner is covered with a $15 donation for members and $20 for future members. Please be sure to bring guest! Guests are welcome to attend three meetings prior to joining. The 2022 Board of Directors will be meeting for their annual Board Retreat to finalize themeetings/events for 2022.Pleasesave the followingdates. If youwould like to sponsor ameeting, please let Diane knowas soon as possible. January 11, February 8, March 8, Apri l 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8, and December 13 – Holiday Party. Please likeour Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/FSPAEastCentralChapter and on Instagram @FSPAEastCentralChapter. Thank you to FSPA's Diamond Patron www.Fluidra.com
28 Florida Pool Prosm • December 2021 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Coordinator: Diane Michael (386) 538-1083 FSPAFloridaGulfCoast@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPAGulfCoast.com We are getting ready for our Annual “Not So Silent” Holiday Party on Thursday, December 2, graciously sponsored by Siesta Pebble! The festivities will take place at Twin Peaks, 16411 Corporate Commerce Way, Fort Myers. Each year we offer an opportunity drawing where we ask that all guests bring an item to be used in the drawing. Think wine, gift cards, fun holiday items, etc. This is another great way to raise funds for our Chapter. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. and plenty of food and drinks will be served compliments of Siesta Pebble. Bring your spouse, a future member or yourself. We will be outside in the porch area. There are heaters but please dress appropriately. Thank you so much to all our donors and purchasers from this year’s Annual Auction. We were able to raise more than $5,000 for our Chapter! The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Director Jerry Mason, HornerXpress, and Randy Bourbeau, Aquatic Pool Repair, Inc. at the Chapter Board Retreat getting ready for the new year. The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter thanks everyone who took part in the Annual Auction. The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter's Will Diefenbach, Aqua Leak Detection, emceeing the Annual Auction. We sincerely appreciate those who continue to give. We hope many of you got some great deals. If you have already paid for your items, be looking for an email letting the donor know to get you your items. If you haven’t paid yet, please get with Diane to get all
December 2021 • Florida Pool Prosm 29 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS caught up so the items can be arranged for delivery. And a huge thank you to Will Diefenbach, Aqua Leak Detection, for being our emcee this year. The 2022 Board of Directors – Slated by the elections committee. We are thankful for another great group of volunteers who have stepped up to support your Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. If you’re interested in helping, please let David or Diane know. • David Griffiths, Insurance by Ken Brown – Chapter President, Education Committee, PIPAC and Bylaws Committee • Michele Moser, Sapphire Pools – Chapter Vice President, Treasurer, Service Council • Jerry Mason, HornerXpress – Chapter Secretary, Event Chairmen, Membership Committee, and Tradeshow Committee • Randy Bourbeau, Aquatic Pool Repair, Inc. - Fishing Tournament Chairmen • Jeff Berger, Daldorado - Event Chairmen, Commercial Council, and Safety/Consumer Awareness Committee • Will Diefenbach, Aqua Leak Detection - Event Chairmen and Builders Council The Board has worked on the 2022 calendar of events, and we are currently gathering location details for meetings and events. We have looked at the day of week and week of the month and decided that in 2022 we will be meeting on the third Wednesday of the month. We are not going to have a meeting every month. Please look at the calendar below. If you are interested in sponsoring or hosting a meeting, please get with Diane soon as these will fill up. The Chapter meetings will be from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Famous Dave’s, 12148 S Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers, unless otherwise stated. Please be sure to bring guest! Their first dinner is always free to check out our growing Chapter. Here is the 2022 schedule: • January 19 – Chapter Meeting • February 16 - Chapter Meeting • March – No Meeting – Everything Under The Sunsm Expo • April 2 – Annual Fishing Tournament • April 20 - Chapter Meeting • May – Casino Night & Auction
30 Florida Pool Prosm • December 2021 • June 15 - Chapter Meeting • July 20 – Member Appreciation Bowling Night • August 17 - Chapter Meeting • September 21 - Chapter Meeting • October – Table Top • November 16 – Chapter Meeting • December – “Not So Silent” Holiday Party Follow the Chapter 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 Florida West Coast Chapter would like to wish all of our members a happy holiday season! The Chapter Board met on Tuesday, November 2 at Belleair Country Club. Thank you to Jordan Hidalgo and Pools by Jordan for sponsoring the lunch. The Board will not be meeting in December. The next Board of Directors meeting will be held at noon on Tuesday, January 4 at Queen’s Pizza in Clearwater. Our Board of Directors meetings are usually scheduled for the first Tuesday of the month. We are always interested in hearing your ideas for Chapter meetings and programs. Thank you to the 2021 Chapter Board of Directors for their hard work and dedication to the FSPA throughout this year: President Tim Converse, Solar Solutions; Vice President Ray Pearen, Fresh Finish Pools; Secretary Rick Howard, Rick’s Pool Service; and Treasurer Brian Gangelhoff, A Pool’s Best Friend, and At-Large Directors: Cathie Alderman, HornerXpress; Taylor Andersen, SCP Distributors Clearwater; Don Ball, The Pool Works of Florida; Alex Fletcher, Aquaworx USA; and David Oxley, retiree. The Chapter Board of Directors for 2022 will be the same as this year. Thank you to these members for committing their time to continue serving the Chapter in the coming year!
December 2021 • Florida Pool Prosm 31 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS The Manasota Chapter and the Charlotte Harbor Chapter held a joint meeting with Basecrete presenting. Manasota Chapter Coordinator: Sonja Dickey (941) 952-9293 FSPAManasota@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPAManasota.com The Chapter would like to welcome Jeff Howland as our newest Chapter retiree member. We have an exciting 2022 planned; we look forward to seeing you at the upcoming events! Thank you to our members and guests who attended our Basecrete waterproofing informational meeting last month. If you happened to miss it and want more information, please contact Sonja@FloridaPoolPro.com. Thank you to the 2021 Chapter Board of Directors for their hard work and dedication to the FSPA throughout the year: President John Ellsworth, AquaTech Pools GC; Vice President Jonathan Mosher, Signet Pools; Secretary/Tresurer Todd Starner, StarnerBrothersPools; andDirectors Evan Brown, Ben Brown Insurance; Sydney Korshak, Pool Corp; Rob Sanger, Galaxy Pools; Ben Steiner, Red Rhino Leak Detection; Matt Russell, Pool Design Concepts; and David Viola, Keyser Insurance Group. The Chapter welcomes the incoming 2022 Board of Directors. They are as follows: President Jonathan Mosher, Signet Pools; Vice President Todd Starner, Starner Brothers Pools; Secretary Sydney Korshak, Pool Corp; and Directors Evan Brown, Ben Brown Insurance; Rob Sanger, Galaxy Pools; Ben Steiner, Red Rhino Leak Detection; John Ellsworth, AquaTech Pools GC; and David Viola, Keyser Insurance Group. Thank you for getting involved with your local Chapter. We appreciate your commitment! Our next Chapter Board meeting, which all members are encouraged to attend, will be Tuesday, January 18 at 11:45 a.m. at the FSPA T.E.C. Center. The state Board representatives for our Chapter will report back to us what was discussed at the state Board of Directors meeting in Gainesville on January 14-15.
32 Florida Pool Prosm • December 2021 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS Your 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 Thank you, FSPA Government Affairs Manager Dallas Thiesen, for joining our Chapter in a Chapter 489 CE class in October; we appreciate your expertise! Thank you Kerry Tait, Insurance by Ken Brown, for continuing to teach our members the importance of workers’ compensation. The Chapter looks forward to more CE classes in 2022 to make sure all of our members receive all of their 16 hours of credit before the August 2022 deadline! Get ready for our online Silent Auction! Be the lucky winner of a Pentair IntelliFlo Variable Speed Pump or a Pentair PLM 150 Cartridge Filter, or even a I-Chlor Salt System IC-30 and more! The Chapter is hosting its first fundraiser in years to raise money for the FSPA Margaret Brown Scholarship Program, Pool Industry Political Action Committee (PIPAC), and for the Every Child a Swimmer Program. The auction will begin January 10 and end at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center at the Friday night reception during the state Board Meeting on January 14. Good luck! To learn more about the organizations the Chapter is raising money for, please contact Sonja. If you have items you’d like to donate for the online auction, please let us know. We thank you in advance. Thank you to the 2021 Chapter Board of Directors for their hard work and dedication to the FSPA throughout the year: President Mike Canto, Fun State Pools; Vice President Dino Muggeo, Dino’s Pool Service and Repair; Secretary Brent Handy, Paragon Pools of Lake City; Treasurer Jeremy Hine, Florida Leisure Pool & Spa; and Directors Larry Losciale, Easy Modern Living; and Scott Kaufman, Pool Corp. The Chapter welcomes the incoming 2022 Board of Directors. They are
December 2021 • Florida Pool Prosm 33 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS as follows: President Mike Canto, Fun State Pools; Vice President Dino Muggeo, Dino’s Pool Service and Repair; Secretary Brent Handy, Paragon Pools of Lake City; Treasurer Jeremy Hine, Florida Leisure Pool & Spa; and Director Larry Losciale, Easy Modern Living. The next Board meeting, which all members are encouraged to attend, will be Wednesday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. The meeting ID is 698 085 1212 and the password is 1234. Your 2021/2022 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 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 Hard to believe we are at the end of another year. To say it has had its challenges is understatement. Save the date: December 15 will be the annual Table Top event! We will be back at Maggiano’s and look forward to seeing everyone. We are pleased to announce the Board members for the 2022 year: • President – Cole Hairston, Harden, a Gallagher Co. • Vice President – Jeff Clarkson, Vak Pak • Treasurer – Bill Hodgkins, IRM Insurance and Payroll • Secretary, Candi Moorman, Crown Pools • Office of Director: Greg Benson, HornerXpress; Chris Doyle, Speck Pumps; Ryan Luken, Tier One Pools; Brad Correria, Crown Pools; Greg Bowers, PAP; Brian Curts, Eagle Pools; Paul Malone, Oaks Well Aquatics; Jake Kascht, Gorman Co.; Scott Shewey, Surfside Pools; Jamie Ressler, Wayne’s Solar; and John Garner, Pools by John Garner, Immediate Past President. Thank you to John Garner for his years of service to the Board in many capacities.