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2 Florida Pool Prosm • February 2022 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS Florida Pool Prosm © 2022 Florida Swimming Pool Association. All rights reserved. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced in any form without written permission of the publisher. 2555 Porter Lake Drive, Ste. 106 Sarasota, FL 34240 (941) 952-9293 / (866) 930-FSPA Fax: (941) 366-7433 www.FloridaPoolPro.com Association Mission: Advancing Florida’s swimming pool industry. Executive Director Elizabeth McMurray Sr. Dir. of Communications & Marketing Charis Tyson Government Affairs Manager Dallas Thiesen Accounting Manager Cheryl Cotten Workforce Education Program Manager Leslie Root Office Manager Valerie Swika PR & Digital Media Specialist Alyssa Holcomb Membership Services Specialist Kelly Sauro President Mickey Sigmon Pool Pro, Inc., Fort Pierce Vice-President Don Ball The Pool Works of Florida, Inc., Largo Treasurer Ben Evans American Pools and Spas, Inc., Orlando Secretary Deidre Bedford West Coast Pools, Bradenton At-Large Director Roy Waldhauer Waldhauer & Son, Inc., Bunnell Past President Maurice Bushroe Blue Ribbon Pools, Daytona Beach Published monthly by the Florida Swimming Pool Association CONTENTS Feeling the February love in the FSPA President's Column S *** You Should Know Winter is HERE! Executive Director's Column When you see electrical hazards in the field Service Article How can we streamline the permitting process? Builder Article The balance between water and plaster Commercial Article Are you waterproofing your pool projects? Builder Article The impact of attorney fees on Florida workers' compensation claims Insurance Article Everything Under the Sunsm Expo Preview Chapter News Calendar 4 4 6 9 11 13 16 18 20 28 43 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. March 4 Annual Meeting Orange County Convention Center Orlando
February 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 3 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS TH-1399 12_21 for more information on the Every Child a Swimmer program Actions Speak Louder Than Words Great strides continue to be made as more and more organizations join together to help educate and fund swimming lessons for Florida’s children. Together our industry can make a di erence. AquaCal AutoPilot is dedicated to furthering this crusade. For the entire year of 2022, AquaCal AutoPilot will donate $2.22 of every heat pump sold to the Every Child a Swimmer initiative. SCAN HERE Every child deserves to learn this basic survival skill.
4 Florida Pool Prosm • February 2022 FSPA PRESIDENT FSPA President Mickey Sigmon president@FloridaPoolPro.com Feeling the February love in the FSPA A: The continuing education requirements for Florida certified and registered contractors are set by the Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB) in Florida Administrative Code 61G4-18.001. All contractors must complete 14 total hours of continuing education every two (2) year renewal period with one (1) hour each of the following topics: • Advanced module course approved by the Florida Building Commission, • Workplace safety; • Business practices; • Workers’ compensation; • Laws and rules regulating the construction industry; • Pool electrical requirements (swimming pool and spa contractors) FSPA offers many hours of education you need to renew your license each year at the Everything Under the Sunsm Expo. Register for classes March 3-5 at www.UnderTheSunExpo.com. Questions? Please call FSPA at 941-952-9293. S *** You Should Know Q: As a certified or registered swimming pool and spa contractor what are my continuing education (CE) requirements to maintain my contractor’s license? It’s that time of year when love is in the air, and our organization has a lot going on to make us feel warm and fuzzy. The FSPA is gearing up for a sweetheart of a show. The 2022 Everything Under the Sunsm Expo will take place on March 4-5 at the Orange County Convention Center inOrlando. This showmarks our 50th anniversary showcasing our true love, the swimming pool and spa industry. Join us for continuing education classes,
February 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 5 FSPA PRESIDENT hundreds of vendors showcasing innovative products, a fun-filled industry party, networking opportunities, prizes, and much more. Make it a date by registering on the show’s website www.UnderTheSunExpo.com. Our members are the beating heart of our organization. Local chapters are working to engage others in the industry through community outreach activities and membership drives. Maybe you have your eye on someone special for a possible “pool-posal.” Bring him or her to the Expo, and sign them up to be a member. Our FSPA “cupids” will be on hand in booth 443 to take care of the rest! Everyone loves an educated pool professional. Our continuing education classes are 2 GOOD 2 B 4 GOTTEN. Our sweethearts at the Florida CILB require renewal by August 31, 2022 for CPC swimming pool contractor licenses. Earn your credits at the Expo this year. You will love us for it! The annual Everything Under the Sunsm Expo is something special for pool guys and gals. I look forward to attending every year. This event embodies the camaraderie we share. It’s a chance to see old friends and meet new ones. Relationships, whether they are in February or any other time of the year, are what make us successful. I can’t wait to see you there. Swimming Pool / Spa Service Certification Fee: $2,200 Plus an enrollment fee: FSPA Member: $50 Non-Member: $300 The course substitutes for three years of experience toward obtaining a State Certified Swimming Pool/Spa Servicing License so the applicant who takes and passes the state exam is only responsible for verifying they have one year of field experience. This is not an exam prep course. Course #0610552 / FPSA d/b/a FSPA CILB providership #0000917 ORLANDO: March 2-3 March 25-26 April 15-16 April 29-30 Must attend all modules. Dates may be subject to change Instructor: Jeff Clarkson Call 941-952-9293 / firstname.lastname@example.org
6 Florida Pool Prosm • February 2022 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Winter is HERE! Elizabeth McMurray FSPA Executive Director Elizabeth@FloridaPoolPro.com Winter is HERE Florida Swimming Pool Association members and supporters! The New Year is upon us and we have all transitioned to cold weather (or less warm if you live in south Florida), attacking our personal and professional goals and setting the stage for how we want the rest of the year to pan out. For our association, that means we have had our first Board Meeting of the year in January where we established our new Board members, committee members and set agendas and priorities for the next 12 months. I want to share with all of you what that means from my perspective for our organization. Internally, we are striving to be fully staffed, so we can better support our members and goals. I’m excited to share that we have two new team members who will help us achieve that. Please join me in welcoming 800.641.9247 www.sgm.cc Spray Deck System combined with unique pattern templates can permanently imprint newly placed concrete with authentic textures to match architectural features or blend into the landscape. The finish can last the lifetime of the concrete and is durable, sanitary and easy to maintain. Required over Southcrete Spray Deck (two-parts: powder and resin) and over One-Step Spray Deck. Kahlua Creme Desert Sand Egg Shell Sea Shell Nickel White Silver Ivory Gun Metal Almond Terracotta Clear Sample colors are as accurate as modern printing can produce. Verify appearance with a test area before installation. Please request a Spray Deck color chart to make a color selection. Actual shade and texture will depend on jobsite conditions, mixing ratio, individual batches and installation methods. Use constitutes acceptance.
February 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 7 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR both Alyssa Holcomb and Kelly Sauro to our team! Alyssa is our new Public Relations and Digital Media Specialist. She has a robust nonprofit background, a Master’s degree from Northwestern University in Leadership for Creative Enterprises, and many years of experience in the marketing and communications space. Alyssa has already begun to shine with us, bringing enthusiasm and bold new ideas to the table. Kelly is our new Membership Services Specialist. She has lived and breathed our industry, as both she and her husband were previously owners of a pool and spa service company based in Atlanta, GA for a decade, and her husband now works for our industry partner Team Horner! Kelly has a robust customer service and office administration background and is going to be a huge asset to our membership services efforts. Beyond growing our team, we have set a goal of achieving 200 new members in 2022! We will need your help to accomplish this goal. Please help us spread the word of the value of our association and the impact we have on your professional lives and that of your businesses’ health and success in our industry. We also want to blow out our state approved apprenticeship program and establish our college certificate program on the education front. Having a successful 50th Anniversary Everything Under the Sunsm Expo is a must, of course! For government affairs we want to expand the footprint of PIPAC (our Pool Industry PAC), having an even greater impact. Additionally, we are working with the State House and Senate to pass SB222/HB267 which passed and, if approved by the Governor, grants a permanent statutory licensing exemption for swimming pool subcontractors working under the direct supervision of a Certified or Registered Swimming Pool and Spa Contractor. We are also working on establishing a state license plate that benefits our Foundation and drowning prevention education efforts. All of the above is really just the tip of the iceberg! There is even more on our agenda for 2022 and it is too much to share here. We hope you will dive in, learn more and get engaged on these items through your local chapter and also at the state level by attending our events and coming to a state board meeting. Stay warm and safe in the meantime.
8 Florida Pool Prosm • February 2022 FLORIDA POOL PERMITS Permits provided by HBW / www.hbweekly.com County Name December 2020 December 2021 Alachua County 2 18 Bay County 15 33 Brevard County 91 73 Broward County 46 88 Charlotte County 119 135 Citrus County 37 36 Clay County 28 20 Collier County 90 232 Dade County 160 140 Duval County 50 56 Escambia County 24 18 Flagler County 31 39 Franklin County 1 3 Gadsden County 2 2 Gulf County 0 0 Hernando County 26 28 Highlands County 7 2 Hillsborough County 147 193 Holmes County 3 0 Indian River County 40 50 Jackson County 2 4 Jefferson County 2 0 Lake County 59 39 Lee County 190 316 Leon County 12 16 Liberty County 1 0 Manatee County 156 238 Marion County 28 26 Martin County 33 30 Nassau County 17 22 Okaloosa County 29 23 Orange County 139 134 Osceola County 13 38 Palm Beach County 224 296 Pasco County 147 91 Pinellas County 105 30 Polk County 99 109 Putnam County 1 4 Santa Rosa County 41 56 Sarasota County 156 204 Seminole County 5 7 St Johns County 115 132 St Lucie County 48 60 Sumter County 55 43 Volusia County 57 50 Wakulla County 3 5 Walton County 23 31 Washington County 1 1 TOTAL 2680 3171 County Name December 2020 December 2021
February 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 9 As a pool professional, you need to be extremely careful of electrical problems you may encounter while working on pools and spas. If ignored, these problems can lead to severe injury or even death for yourself, your employees, the property maintenance staff or an innocent child who might gain access to the equipment. Ideally, a pool contractor should not repair any equipment on the pool or spa once an electrical hazard has been discovered. Once identified, a decision must be made whether any work can or should be done on this pool before any electrical issues are resolved. Per the State of Florida licensing board, pool contractors cannot complete these types of repairs and a licensed electrician is required for the majority of electrical repairs. Licensed pool contractors can repair/replace conduit on branch circuits only and repair the equipment bonding except any connections at the breaker panel. All single-phase pool/ spa equipment (except low vol tage l ight ing) must also be protected by ground fault GFCI c i r c u i t b r e a k e r s . Instal lat ion of these breakers also requires a licensed electrician. If GFCI breakers can’t be installed on an older style breaker panel, the entire panel must be replaced. By Todd Koonts and Ken Soukup, Spies Pool LLC / email@example.com When you see electrical hazards in the field THE SCOOP ON SERVICE
10 Florida Pool Prosm • February 2022 THE SCOOP ON SERVICE But I passed my inspection. County Health Inspectors do not normally comment on electrical issues because it is not a part of their scope of work. Their focus is on the overall condition of the pool/spa, water chemistry, checking daily logs and verifying safety equipment is in place. However, they can ask the building department to inspect the pool or spa and even go as far as asking the fire department to look at the equipment if they feel the hazard is severe. Consider legal matters. The liability for electrical dangers is unlimited. Even if you did a minor repair on equipment that is near a panel with a missing cover and exposed wiring, you have some liability if anyone were to get hurt or killed because it was a known hazard. If you can see something dangerous, it is your responsibility to notify your customer and strongly recommend that the pool/spa is closed immediately. Even if you didn’t complete any repairs, you can still be sued just for showing up and not informing the customer of the electrical hazards. This is because, as a licensed contractor, you are the pool expert and you had information of the hazardous situation. If a death or injury were to occur, a trial lawyer would likely ask you, “When you saw this dangerous hazard, why didn’t you tell your customer?” Having situations like this documented in writing on a signed work order can provide legal protection but it should be followed up with an email to the customer as well, so you have it in writing and a copy of the sent email and signed work order kept in your records. Training your staff on to how to look for and fully understand the potential risk with unsafe electrical equipment is critical to their safety in the field. Depending on the level of experience your tech has, informing the customer of an unsafe situation may be better handled by a supervisor or manager. Electrical dangers like this may make your customer unhappy when all you wanted to do was just repair the pool. They may even tell you to get lost and you might lose business. However, do you really want a customer with equipment like this and one who does not care about electrical safety? Electrical issues can tell you a lot about a client, like whether you really want their business. Choosing to be safe with electrical hazards can prevent pool/spa injuries and even death. It will also let you sleep easier at night knowing you did the right thing and let your customer know about these dangers.
February 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 11 FSPA has had talks about how we can simplify the permitting process. Likemany other contractors, I findmyself working inmany different counties and their many different municipalities. Although we have a Florida unified code, each individual jurisdiction has their own interpretation of the code. Each city or county has their own systems to process permits, many of them requiring their specific logo on what should be state standardized forms. I think we can all agree that a state approved set of forms should be acceptable to every building department processing permits within the state. Too many times we have had to track down an out-of-state client to have them sign a paper that says the same thing as the first one they signed just because of a missing logo. Realizing that each municipality has their own budget and population size unique to them, I find it interesting that there is such a diversified approach to permitting. Within the same county you can have building departments with wildly different electronic permit and plan submittal systems and some that do not comply with the state electronic submittal requirements at all. These different departments are also inconsistent in what forms are required. Some require warranty deeds or Lien Law affidavits when others don't. DIGGING UP IDEAS How can we streamline the permitting process? By Roy Waldhauer, Waldhauer & Son / firstname.lastname@example.org New FSPA members WELCOME! Acquatica Pool Service LLC Ocala American Leak Detection Punta Gorda | CPC1459696 ABC Design General Services Deerfield Beach | CGC151515
12 Florida Pool Prosm • February 2022 DIGGING UP IDEAS Some will require drainage affidavits or product approval numbers when others don't. Some departments want one copy where the other wants two or even three. Some want paper copies with digital backup. Even the scope of work from different licenses is interpreted differently where in one jurisdiction you can permit a pool with screen enclosure on same permit but down the road they must be permitted separately. It would be nice to get a more consistent approach to permitting. Since these concerns are not isolated to the pool industry we can align ourselves with the Home Builders Association, the plumbers, the electricians, the roofers, and air conditioning industries for a united front. This coalition can work with BOAF (Building Official Association of Florida) to find the common ground. This could be as simple as creating a state standardized set of permitting documents, or an outline of stateapproved procedures sowe areworking with a master checklist statewide. Many building departments have great computer systems with easy to use portals for submissions and scheduling inspections. We need to find a way to share these systems with others that are struggling to maintain antiquated systems that cause more problems than they solve. 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
February 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 13 COMMERCIAL CONNECTION Water is looking to find balance, just like so many of us are in life. The items we fill our lives with and the people/things we place around us will affect us either positively or negatively. The same with water. In the world of pools we are constantly adjusting the levels of the water to be safe to swim, most importantly, and hopefully we are also adjusting the more seldom checked items, like calcium and alkalinity, to protect the surface and equipment of the pools we maintain and build. I have come across many pools lately that have been way out of balance. The most recent was a commercial pool that was being maintained for almost a year by the local staff who had a CPO certificate. When we arrived on site to begin the takeover process, we found the LSI was -3.5 wow! That is not a typo, the pool had a pH level that was so yellow we had to perform a base demand test that took an insane amount of drops to get to the correct level, the alkalinity was 0, and calcium was 700. This is just one example of a bad example, and I am sure there are many more that others can share. The point here is that the local staff was only checking the chlorine and pH levels, as that was the only requirement of them by the local governing body. The new surface is only a year old and because the LSI was in a state of major etching, the pool already needs to be resurfaced, which will be a financial burden on the new facility. Commercial pools in Florida are governed by the Florida Department of Health and are required to be tested to verify that the chlorine and pH levels are within range every day that the pool is open, with only a few exceptions to that rule. This allows for safety concerns to be minimized for two of the more volatile and corrosive items in the pool water, but is that where our responsibility as pool professionals stops? No, LSI takes more items into account than just pH, including calcium, temperature, alkalinity, cyanuric acid (stabilizer), and TDS. The levels of the listed items are then input into an LSI calculator and the range should be between -0.3 and +0.3. If the LSI is too high or too low then the pool water will be either scaling or etching, neither is good, but at the very least scaling is normally treatable if it hasn’t been neglected for too long. Etching is causing permanent damage to the pool surface and if the The balance between water and plaster By Jonathan Mosher, Signet Pool / email@example.com
14 Florida Pool Prosm • February 2022 COMMERCIAL CONNECTION 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 water is etching for an extended length of time the surface of the pool begins to become very rough, and eventually leads to the aggregate falling out of the plaster and delamination begins. Fiberglass pools are no exception to this rule and the calcium level is even more important. If a fiberglass pool is a little cloudy, my first thought is calcium. Once that calcium is right in line where it needs to be, the pool water is clear and shimmery, beautiful! A commercial pool I visited last year had an issue they didn’t realize was there until a large number of the pool patrons complained about their teeth hurting, now that’s a head scratcher. Once they tested the water and found that the calcium was at zero, wow, it was clear as to why everyone’s teeth hurt, the water was struggling to find balance so much that it was pulling the calcium from their teeth! All the chemicals involved in calculating the LSI are important for the water to be in balance. It is important that we continue to find balance as we grow our companies. Balanced water ensures we are prolonging the life of the pool surface, equipment, and most importantly the people who use them and their teeth!
February 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 15 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE Make sure you have the right pool partner. As the only endorsed property and casualty insurance provider of the Florida Swimming Pool Association, Insurance by Ken Brown (IBKB) has been protecting pool contractors for over 40 years. With this vast experience comes expertise, resulting in a higher level of service and coverage, including specialized protection against pool popping. Through our partnership with Amerisure, you can always count on loss protection programs and claims service that set the standard in the industry. So go with a partner you can trust. Give us a call today. Call (800) 940-1543 or email us at email@example.com
16 Florida Pool Prosm • February 2022 Waterproofing your pool projects can prevent efflorescence and small leaks from developing into major problems in the future. These problems can cause call backs, which lead to costly repairs, additional labor time and wasted money at jobsites. Leaks in swimming pools are very common and usually very difficult to locate and repair. Swimming pools are under constant pressures andmovements. These pressures can lead to hairline cracks and tile movement that will lead to leaks and esthetic problems. All of this leads to headaches and disgruntled customers. For years it has been shown that micro cracks are generated in concrete pools due to different causes such as aging of the structure, erosion, and ground movements. Those small cracks of less than 3mm do not generate a structural problem, but they do generate other problems in the pool plaster and glass tile areas. Efflorescence is almost always guaranteed in any glass tile application unless the substrate is waterproofed before the setting materials and grouts are used. When it comes to waterproofing pools, it should be taken into account that there are several products for waterproofing. Cementitious waterproofers resist a maximum cracking of 0.05mm, even with reinforcing mesh. These waterproofing products stretch and flex in a very limited length to ensure that it stays bonded to its substrate when movement occurs. Another weak area that can cause unwanted leaking problems in swimming pools is at the connection between the structure andABS or PVC accessories such as skimmers, main drains, niches etc. since the union between concrete and rigid plastic materials is not a watertight connection. These areas need special attention and additional steps should be taken to ensure that the proper waterproofing method is used to prevent future leaks and problems. Besides the cementitious waterproofing products, another great protective Are you waterproofing your pool projects? By Fernando Barragan, Stellar Sales Alliance / firstname.lastname@example.org DIGGING UP IDEAS
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18 Florida Pool Prosm • February 2022 INSURANCE UPDATE Few things in Florida workers’ compensation have been a bigger issue over the last decade than claimants’ attorney fees. Despite two major appeals court rulings barring limits on fees, employers and insurers have continued to cite the need for new legislation. A recent settlement, approved by an Orlando-based judge of compensation claims, should give ammunition to those who want fee restraints. The settlement came in December 2020 but only this month caught the attention of some in the workers’ comp community. In the case of a catastrophically brain-injured worker named Esdras Ambrocio, the settlement granted more than $1 million in attorney fees on a $3.9 million total award. The fee was split between two claimants’ attorneys. For one, the payment would translate to an eye-popping $9,100 per hour. The fee is just over 25% of the total settlement amount and is well above what’s recommended by the fee guidelines in state law, insurance attorneys complained. Million-dollar attorney fees in comp cases are rare, but not unheard of. Some are the result of decades of work. What makes this one stand out is that it covered just five years of legal work, with a relatively small number of hours invested. The case began in 2016, when the then 26-year-old Ambrocio fell from a roof while installing trusses. He struck his head, suffered a serious brain injury and now requires constant care, according to court records. An affidavit filed in the case shows that one of Ambrocio’s lawyers reported 54.8 hours of work on the case. His half of the fee comes to $503,625, which translates to about $9,190 per hour. The other attorney reported 168.35 hours, or about $2,991 per hour. The attorneys explained that the difficulty and complexity of the case, along with the skill level of the claimant’s lawyers, warrant the large dollar amount. By David Griffiths, Insurance by Ken Brown / email@example.com The impact of attorney fees on Florida workers' compensation claims
February 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 19 INSURANCE UPDATE “I find that the requested attorney’s fee is reasonable,” Compensation Judge Thomas Sculco wrote in his order approving the settlement and fees. “I further find that because the claimant has agreed to pay an enhanced attorney’s fee in accordance with a retainer agreement and waiver, the requested fee complies with the decision in Miles v. City of Edgewater Police Department.” The Miles decision, by Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeal in 2016, essentially held that claimants and, in the Miles case, the worker’s labor union, may contract with their attorneys to set legal fees. A state law that had attempted to restrict that practice deprived plaintiffs of their constitutional right to free speech, the court found. Also, that year, the Florida Supreme Court decided in Castellanos vs. Next Door Co. that a sliding-scale statutory fee schedule that capped claimants’ attorney fees was unconstitutional. Check back next month for more on this topic in the conclusion of this article! 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
20 Florida Pool Prosm • February 2022 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS MARGARET M. BROWN March 4-5, 2022 Orlando, Florida th Anniversary EXPO PREVIEW www.UnderTheSunExpo.com Presented by the Florida Swimming Pool Association
February 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 21 EXPO INFO The FloridaSwimmingPoolAssociation is excited to bring to you the 50th Florida Show! Originally a tabletop event, the expo is now a large tradeshow with 225+ exhibitors and thousands of attendees from across the country and around the world. Affectionately known as the Florida Show, the event began as the Florida Pool & Spa Show before transitioning to the destination-based name of the Orlando Pool & Spa Show, and then being renamed the Everything Under the Sunsm Expo because, well, it showcases Everything Under the Sunsm! One thing that hasn't changed over the years is the great work the event profits achieve within the state of Florida's pool industry. All profits stay within the not-for-profit association and are used to advance the pool industry! Come celebrate this great milestone! Visit www.UnderTheSunExpo.com to find registration, host hotel discounts, and education for novices to license holders needing CE credits. The Welcome & Awards Reception on Thursday, March 3 is where we get to recognize the great work of FSPAmembers over the last year and highlight Design Award winners. Wear gold and black to help us celebrate 50 years and don't forget to RSVP! We mi ssed gather ing near l y a thousand of our closest friends at a Friday Night Party in 2021 because of COVID but are excited to bring the house down in 2022 at Howl at the Moon! There will be dueling pianos indoors and entertainment in the outdoor space if you prefer. Tickets include food and open bar! Education options allow you to get all 14 hours needed for license renewal if you want to knock it all out in three days. We are also offering LP gas courses, GENESIS® courses and two of their two-day classes as well. The Florida Public Pool Specialist course will allow you to maintain public pools in Florida and is a great two days of information for anyone new to the industry. In the hall you will find hundreds of exhibits and don't forget to browse the Product Showcase! Learning Labs take place within the hall and are productspecific / hands-on education, don't forget to register for these! Enjoy the convenience of a quick walk to the hall by staying at one of our host hotels. Try out the Rosen Plaza at a discounted rate of $185 / night, but hurry because the rate is only guaranteed through February 8 if you request the group rate for the Florida Swimming Pool Association! Cheers to another 50 years th Register at www.UnderTheSunExpo.com
22 Florida Pool Prosm • February 2022 EXPO EDUCATION Selecting, Operating & Maintaining (GEN) Recreational Water Features - 0614062 The Importance of Incident Investigations (GEN) - 0614065 Water Features: Design, Construction and Performance (GEN) - 0612827 Basic Recreational Water Chemistry & Testing (GEN) - 0614036 9:00 10:00 12:00 11:00 8:00 The VGBA Standard Changed: What Your Company Needs to Know (GEN) - 0614061 Comprehensive Swimming Pool Inspections with Leak Detection (GEN) - 0614033 Writing Your Business Plan (BP) - 0612824 Company Culture - The Glue that Binds Your Company Together (GEN) - 0613225 Optimizing Profits in Pool Construction (BP) - 0612800 What Happens If I Do That? (LR) - 0613778 Site Specific Safety Plans (WS) - 0610246 FBC 2020 Public Pool Sizing (GEN) - 0613706 Waterproofing Concrete Pools (GEN) - 0614039 Pre-Show Education - Wed. - Thurs. (March 2-3) Wed.- Thurs. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Florida Public Pool Specialist (BP / WPS) - 0611965 (16hr) / Must attend both days - $ Wed. - Thurs. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. GENESIS® E 211: Fluid Hydraulics for Pools & Spas (GEN) - 0612788 (16 hr) -$ Thurs. 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. LP Gas - Florida Laws and Rules - 3030303 8:30 8:45 9:00 10:00 9:15 9:30 9:45 10:15 Friday, March 4 - 8:00 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. Thurs. 9:00 a.m. Common Myths of Water Chemistry & Testing (GEN) - 0614040 Wed. - Thurs. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. GENESIS® D 180: Drawing for Professionals (No credit) - 3030404 (16 hr) - $ Thurs. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Customer Driven Sales (BP/GEN) - Bill Kinnard, Grandy & Associates - 0064090 Thurs. 11:00 a.m. Overview of Primary Insurance Coverages and Policies for Business (BP) - 0613686 GENESIS® Engineering 151: The Do's and Don'ts of Pool Engineering & Construction (GEN) - 0614099 Saturday, March 5 - 8:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Can I Do That? Swimming Pool License Scope of Work and Limitations (LR) - 0613681 Understanding Circulation, Hydraulics and Reduced Speed Technology (GEN) - 0613713 Safety and Compliance: How to Build, Renovate or Repair (GEN) - 0613689 Pool and Spa Filtration Options and Circulation Requirements (GEN) - 0612826 Web Based Automation and Voice Commands (GEN) - 0614041 Recreational Water Balance 101 (GEN) - 0614037 Plan Your Next Technology Project Like a Pro (GEN) - 0614086 Creating In-Pool Entertainment Zones (GEN) - 0612798 Strategies for Reducing Workers' Compensation Costs (WC) - 0613201 64E-9 Health Code Violations for Public Pools (GEN) - 0612731 Pool Chlorine Mysteries: Disappearing Act: How to Fix It and Increase Profits (GEN) - 0614034 A Comprehensive Understanding of Performing Leak Detection (GEN) - 0613715 Key Performance Indicators for your Department (GEN) - 0613224 Business Planning and Development (BP) - 0010755 Exploring ORP (GEN) - 0614066 Wed. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. LP Gas Master Qualifier Endorsed Program - $ GENESIS® Construction 171: Project Profiles - An Interactive Discussion on Design and Construction (GEN) - 0614093 Exhibit Hall Open 8:30 8:45 9:00 8:15 10:00 9:15 9:30 9:45 8:00
February 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 23 11:00 10:30 10:45 11:15 11:30 12:00 11:45 EXPO EDUCATION n 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 3:00 2:00 4:00 5:00 Electrical Principles and Requirements for Pools and Spas (PE) - 0613683 (2 hour 10:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.) Options and Considerations for Pool Renovations and Repairs (GEN) - 0612893 Proper Inground Spa Jet Design in a Variable Speed World (GEN) - 0613690 VSPs and the DOE (GEN) - 0614042 Unique Aspects of Hot Water Chemistry (GEN) - 0614038 Monthly Money Matters - The Monthly Financial Review (BP) - 0612428 Variable Heat Pumps - the Ultimate Heating Efficiency (GEN) - 0613688 1:00 Industrial Grade VFD Alternatives (GEN) - 0614063 FBC Advance Mod: 2017 Pool/Spa Energy Efficiency Regulations (ADV) - 0612971 Your Worst Plumbing Nightmares and Expert Solutions (GEN) - 0613708 GENESIS® ENGINEERING 155: Elevated Pool Construction (GEN) - 0614100 Exhibit Hall Open 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 11:00 10:15 10:30 10:45 11:15 11:30 12:00 11:45 10:00 Thurs. 1:00 p.m. FBC Adv. Mod: 2020 Swimming Pool Updates (ADV) - 0613859 Thurs. 2:00 p.m. DOT Regulations for the Pool Industry (WPS/GEN) - 0610226 Thurs. 4:00 p.m. FL Workers' Compensation Laws & Requirements (WC) - 0613189 Making Waves with Technology (GEN) - 0614035 Cost Saving Methods for Business Insurance (GEN) - 0614032 Maximize NOT Minimize - Selling to the Commercial Market (GEN) - 0614059 Driver Screening & the Importance of MVR Policies (GEN) - 0614064 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Swimming Pool & Spa Basic Electrical Requirements (PE) - 0612739 (2 hr) Gas Pool Heater Not Working - Common Supply Issues & Troubleshooting (GEN) - 0613684 Employee Retention Strategies (BP) - 0613225 DBPR CILB Laws and Rules (LR) - 0609216 Salt Chlorine Generators for Beginners (GEN) - 0614031 Prevent Pool Popping Accidents (GEN) - 0612415 Making Water Move - Hydraulics for the Pool Professional (GEN) - 0613685 GENESIS® Construction 309: The Beauty of the Edge - Vanishing Edge, Grass Edge, Perimeter Overflow Pools (GEN) - 0614092 12:15 Inline Chlorine Generation / Generadores de Cloro Salino de Hoy: Instalacion y Gestion (GEN) - 0612894 Lockout / Tagout of Hazardous Energy (PE) - 0613249 1 :30 10:45 11:00 11: 5 30 11:45 12:00 Register at www.UnderTheSunExpo.com
24 Florida Pool Prosm • February 2022 EXPO INFO Welcome & Awards Reception Thursday, March 3 Sunburst Room, OCCC 5 th Anniversary Presented by the Flor ida Swimming Pool Associat ion Sponsored by Exhibitors (as of 1/20/22) Check online for a current list 5 Star Impression.com Aadvanced Leak Detection, Inc. Adama Allied Universal Corp. American Granby, Inc. American Leak Detection APi Water AQA usa AQUA Magazine AquaCal AutoPilot, Inc. AquaComfort Aqua-Leisure Aquamatic Cover Systems AQUASALT, LLC AquaStar Pool Products Aquatherm Industries Aquatica AquaWorx USA Artistic Paver Manufacturing Artistry in Mosaics, Inc. BackyardXpo Basecrete Technologies Baystone Tile Bio Dex Laboratories BioLab / NC Brands Blue Square Manufacturing Brenntag Mid South, Inc. Broadly.com Buckman's Inc. Built Right Pool Heaters LLC C.L. Industries CCEI USA Inc Century, A Regal Company Chlorine Genie / Ultimate Water Classic Pool Tile & Stone Clear Comfort Commercial Energy Specialists Daldorado, LLC Daltile DanBi, Inc. / Space Age Electric Danner Manufacturing Inc Davis Water Service DBPR Diversitech Corporation Dunn Rite Products EasyCare Products USA ecoFinish FAFCO Inc. Fiberlite Umbrellas Filbur Manufacturing FinWise Bank Floating Luxuries Florida Stucco Corp. Florida Swimming Pool Assn. Florida Water Products Fluidra Gorman Company GreenStory Global Pool & Spa Filtration Grizzly Coolers LLC Gulfstream Heat Pumps Hammer-Head Patented Performance Harrington Haviland Pool & Spa Hayward Pool Products Health Coverage 365 HFS Financial HIDE Skimmer Covers Austrailia ICM Controls Industrial Test Systems, Inc. Inspected
February 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 25 EXPO INFO ©2021 Pentair. All Rights Reserved. pentair.com pentair.com/inteIIi o3 Easy and energy-e cient. True set-it-and-forget-it ow technology pairedwith the smart connectivity of the Pentair Home app. It’s just what customers want. And it’s only fromPentair. The only pool pump with patented sensorless ow technology just got smarter. INTELLIFLO3™ Variable Speed and FlowPool Pump PEN21_003_IF3_FPP_QtrPg Size: Scale: Colors: Date Modified: Friday Night Party! March 4, 2022 - 6:30 - 9:30 Howl at the Moon Advance tickets: $35 / At the door: $45 Purchase through registration or in FSPA booth Indoor and covered outdoor spaces with bars and food stations. Dueling pianos inside for live entertainment. Anniversary th WHOLESALE DISTRIBUTOR Party Sponsors: 5 th Anniversary Presented by the Flor ida Swimming Pool Associat ion Insurance By Ken Brown Inc. Intermatic, Inc. IPS Controllers iQ4Mobility, LLC J&J Electronics Jack's Magic Products Joan Roca Master Pool Designs Kimes Engineering King Technology, Inc. LaMotte Company Lasco Fittings, Inc. LAZEN Solar LeakTronics / Torque Lock Ledge Lounger LLC Line-Stoptech Ltd. Lo-Chlor / TropiClear Luv-Tile Ent Lyon Financial Maytronics US, Inc. Midwest Canvas Corporation Moov Pool Products National Plasterers Council National Pool Partners National Pool Route Sales, Inc.
26 Florida Pool Prosm • February 2022 EXPO INFO Register at www.UnderTheSunExpo.com Scholarship tride In memory of Brian Kelly 2021 Raise funds for the scholarship program and remember a great industry leader! Raise funds for the FSPA’s Margaret M. Brown Scholarship Fund while getting your steps and enjoying some virtual views! As you record your steps online you will see sights of Northern Ireland through this virtual walk. Walk anytime and support a good cause! Pick up your Scholarship Stride T-shirt in the FSPA booth. Contact info@FloridaPoolPro.com to become a sponsor. Registration: $35 WHOLESALE DISTRIBUTOR 16 Brands. 91+Locations. Everything Under the Sun Expo Comeseeus atbooth 613 Alsocomesee usatbooth 612 BuildingTheMost Positive Force InThe Industry New Look Lending Noble Tile Supply Inc. Ocean Blue Water Products Odyssey Manufacturing Co. Orenda Technologies PAL Lighting Paramount Pool & Spa Systems Paythepoolman LLC Pebble Technology, Inc. Pentair Aquatic Systems PHTA Plaster Logic Pool and Spa News Pool Corp. Pool Route Sales USA Inc Pool Service Products Pool Tone PoolRx Worldwide Poolwerx Premix Marbletite Mfg. Co. Primate Pool Tools ProValet.io / Pure Coastal Technologies Purity Pool, Inc. Raypak Inc. RED RHINO Ring Power Riptide Pool Vacuum Systems Rola-Chem - Paradise Industries Safety Grip - The Original Handrail Cover SAFTRON Pool Rails Sallee Promotions, Inc. SEG Aquatics Skimmer Smart Level LLC Softroc Solar Sun Rings / Bio-Active Solaxx LLC Solenis - Pool Solutions Southern Lamps Spa Electrics Inc. Speck Pumps-Pool Products, Inc. Stabil Concrete Pavers Stegmeier Corporation Stenner Pump Company Swimming Pool Windows Taylor Technologies, Inc. Techno-Solis, Inc. The Great American Waterfall Company The Lever Edge The Outdoor Plus The Skimmie Thermacell Repellents Inc. Thermeau Industries Inc. Tile Specialties, Inc. Truebite Inc U.S. MOTORS® brand by Nidec Motor Corporation U.S. Paverscape UMA Solar US SEAL MFG. VacDaddy Valcon Industries, LLC Viking Capital Water Tech Corporation Waterco USA Inc. Wet Edge Technologies
February 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 27 EXPO INFO Learning Labs Check UnderTheSunExpo.com for the most current list. Labs are presented by exhibitors and may be product specific. Learn more about the products you use! NOT for CE credit. New Learning Labs are being added! See the most current information at www.UnderTheSunExpo.com Friday Saturday Omni-Swim® Hybrid Pool & Spa Heater - Energy-Efficient Heating with Heat Pumps and Solar Friday: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Instructor: Dan Sizelove, Aquatherm Industries, Inc. The world is going hybrid! The Omni-Swim® Hybrid Pool & Spa Heater combines an energy-efficient heat pump and free solar heating into one unit. Omni-Swim® is equipped with solar-ready components and connections, and controlled by OmniHeat™ smart heating automation. Learn how you can offer your customers the luxury of a heated pool, at a fraction onf the cost. Omni-Swim® Hybrid Pool & Spa Heater - Energy-Efficient Heating with Heat Pumps and Solar Saturday: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Instructor: Dan Sizelove, Aquatherm Industries, Inc. The world is going hybrid! The Omni-Swim® Hybrid Pool & Spa Heater combines an energy-efficient heat pump and free solar heating into one unit. Omni-Swim® is equipped with solar-ready components and connections, and controlled by Omni-Heat™ smart heating automation. Learn how you can offer your customers the luxury of a heated pool, at a fraction onf the cost. Century, A Regal Rexnord Company Saturday: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Learn about the latest from Century, A Regal Rexnord Company. Same Day Inspections Friday: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Instructor: Anthony Perera, Inspected Introduction to remote virtual inspections and being an emerging tech. Will show a live inspection demo by connecting the inspector (presenter) with an on site installer via our app.
28 Florida Pool Prosm • February 2022 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS Broward Chapter Coordinator: Diane Michael (386) 538-1083 FSPABroward@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPABroward.com January was a busy month for the volunteer 2022 Board of Directors. The Chapter Board decided to hire a new chapter coordinator. Welcome, Diane Michael with Callan Group Communications. The Directors hosted a Board Retreat and made plans for the year, offering six meetings and four events for the members and future members of the Chapter. More details on dates and locations are forthcoming. If you want to support one of the committees, please contact Di at FSPABroward@FloridaPoolPro.com. Here is a tentative 2022 schedule: • February 16 – Member Meet & Greet Annual Meeting Kick-Off • March – No meeting, See everyone at the Everything Under the Sunsm Expo • April – Chapter Meeting • May – Fishing Tournament • June - Chapter Meeting • July – Tabletop and Auction • August - Chapter Meeting • September - Chapter Meeting • October – Top Golf • November – Chapter Meeting • December – Holiday Party The Chapter’s first meeting back together will be Wednesday, February 16 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. outside in the beautiful patio area of HornerXpress, 5755 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale. This will be a Member Meet & Greet and a welcome back! We are working on food trucks and drinks that will be sponsored generously by HornerXpress. The weather will be perfect for use of the outdoor patio area! Let’s kick-off the new year by getting back together! At this first meeting we are also hoping to have the rest of the dates and Chapter happenings complete for all. Please be sure to save the date and reach out to a future member and bring as your guest! Thank you! We are in growth mode for our Chapter, reaching out to past members and future members. If you know someone who would benefit from working with
February 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 29 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS those in our industry at the Chapter level, please bring them to a meeting or send Diane their contact info so they can be invited to all the events. Thank you so much to the volunteers who stepped up to support the Chapter in 2022 to serve on the Chapter Board of Directors. The Board is led by longtime FSPA supporter Rick Myers, Lo-Clor. Please send a thank you to the following volunteers for their commitment to FSPA and the Broward Chapter: Chapter President Rick Myers, Lo-Chlor; Vice President Don Cesarone III, Don Cesarone &Associates; Treasurer Misty Knight, Fluidra; Secretary Stephanie Taggart, Signature Pools and Spas; and Directors Erik Eikevik, Ike's Carter Pools; Dave Faerman, Aquatic Consulting Engineers; Jim Smith, LaGasse Pool Construction; Bill Kent, HornerXpress; Gary Kaplan, Ike's Carter Pool Companies; John Mead, Magulick's Pools; Bryan Banta, B&B Pools; Fernando Barragan, Stellar Sales Alliance; and Terry Nicholas, Shamrock Pool Service. Please like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/FSPABroward and Instagram at @FSPABrowardChapter. Central Florida Chapter Coordinator: Sonja Dickey (941) 952-9293 FSPACentralFlorida@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPACentralFlorida.com Ca n y o u b e l i e v e i t ? Th e Ev e r y t h i n g Un d e r t h e Su nsm E x p o i s c e l e b r a t i n g 5 0 y e a r s ! B e s u r e t o r e g i s t e r a t www.UnderTheSunExpo.com to sign up for the fantastic selection of classes, T h e C e n t r a l Florida Chapter is proud to donate $15,000 to the Florida Swims F o u n d a t i o n . The funds will b e m a t c h e d twice and then returned to the local community in swim lessons. the exhibit hall, and the popular Friday Night Party. See you there! Thank you to Erik Szabo, Partner, Board Certified in Construction Law at Shutts & Bowen LLP, for teaching us the Fundamentals of Florida Construction Contracts (CILB course #0613190, 1 hour, meets business practices requirement, FPSA d/b/a FSPA CILB providership #0000917).
30 Florida Pool Prosm • February 2022 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS The class was well attended by Chapter members. The next Board meeting, which all members are encouraged to attend, is Tuesday, February 1 at 12:00 p.m. Location is TBD. We look forward to seeing you there. Your 2022 Directors are working on exciting and educational events. Please let us hear from you with any suggestions for speakers or events. If you haven’t already, please like our Facebook page at FSPA Central Florida Chapter to keep up with upcoming events and meetings. TheCharlotteHarborChapterwas represented at the state Board meeting by Nicki Pressley Rice, Ken Moyer, Mike Kopke (guest), and Virge Jones. The Central Florida Chapter held a CE class in January with good food and social distancing. Charlotte Harbor Chapter Coordinator: Sonja Dickey (941) 952-9293 FSPACharlotteHarbor@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPACharlotteHarbor.com The Everything Under the Sunsm Expo is celebrating 50 years! It all began in 1972 as the Florida Pool Show, a small tabletop event. Over the years it was also known as the Orlando Pool Show and now the Everything Under the Sunsm Expo. Help us mark this milestone by attending; register today! Thank you , Pe t e Sehme r, Amerisure, for helping members meet their pool electrical requirement with a local CE course. They learned so much from you! Back by popular demand! Watch your inbox soon fora member night out at the Axe Haus! It is February 3 f rom 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
February 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 31 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS The Charlotte Harbor Chapter held a CE course and Board members are pictured with instructor Peter Sehmer, Amerisure. The cost is $40 per member / $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! Looking ahead, keep March 24 open. David Griffiths, Insurance by Ken Brown, will be teaching members a CE class on the Value of Written Contract Agreements (CILB course #0612426, 1 hour, meets business practices requirement, FPSA d/b/a FSPA CILB providership #0000917) at 6:00 p.m. at Pioneer’s Pizza in Port Charlotte. Please RSVP today! Your 2022 Board is working on exciting and educational events. To name a few, the Chapter plans on another night out 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 With Keith Quint, Gorman Company, leading the Chapter, the following volunteers have made a commitment to be your 2022 Board of Directors. When you see them, please extend your appreciation for their support of our local FSPA Chapter and our industry at large! Chapter President Keith Quint, Gorman Company; Vice President Holly Waldhauer, Mermaid Lagoon; Immediate Past President Roy Waldhauer, Waldhauer & Son; Treasurer Kerry Tait, Insurance by Ken Brown; Secretary Dennis Brooks, Cypress Creek Outdoors; and Directors Coby Moore, CM