February 8 2013 Table of Contents

News Briefs Industry News News Briefs

Former L.A. Spas Owner Pledges $27 Million ; CONSPA Warns Against Unlicensed Contractors Read more

Florida Service Firm Makes Strategic Move for Market Share Industry News Florida Service Firm Makes Strategic Move for Market Share

In another example of an emerging industry trend, a Florida home services company is entering the world of pool service franchising. Read more

Aquatech Commemorates 50th Industry News Aquatech Commemorates 50th

Aquatech has concluded a year of honoring the group’s golden anniversary by gathering for its annual conference and rolling out a new branding initiative. Read more

In Memoriam: Larry Gelhaus Industry News In Memoriam: Larry Gelhaus

Industry pioneer Larry Gelhaus died Nov. 18. He was 79. Read more

Hotel Not Held Liable in Drowning Industry News Hotel Not Held Liable in Drowning

In an unusual turn of events, a Nebraska jury recently found an Omaha hotel not liable in the case of a drowning in the facility’s swimming pool. Read more

ADA Lawsuits Feared as Deadline Passes Industry News ADA Lawsuits Feared as Deadline Passes

As public pool owners and operators sit at the threshold of the ADA compliance deadline, some anticipate the immediate filing of lawsuits against companies that haven’t retrofitted their facilities. Read more

Family Bonding Plaster Issue Family Bonding

Modern Method Gunite, and companies like it, are helping usher in a new age of interior surface applicators. Read more

At the Helm Plaster Issue At the Helm

It could be argued that the National Plasterers Council couldn’t ask for a better leader at this juncture in its history than Edgar Sanchez. Read more

Before & After Survey Before & After

A recent Pool & Spa News survey addresses emerging trends in the chemical market. Read more

Extreme Makeover Survey Extreme Makeover

Ever since Bass Brewery trademarked its logo in 1876, companies have been coming up with their own symbols to differentiate their products and offer a way for the public to quickly identify with their brands. Read more

A Broader View Voice of the Industry A Broader View

Rarely does a week go by that I’m not engaged in a conversation about the sale of pool and spa products over the Internet. Read more

Orlando Pool & Spa Show Events Orlando Pool & Spa Show

When it comes to fun destinations, Orlando, Fla., is at the top of the list. After all, it boasts SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World and the nearby Kennedy Space Center, to name just a few major attractions. Read more

Some Like It Hot Close Up Some Like It Hot

There’s nothing like a little help from Oprah. When the queen of daytime television credited the infrared sauna with helping her shed some pounds a few years ago, dealers across the county saw interest in saunas spike. Read more

Making a Splash Editor's Note Making a Splash

Have you been on Houzz.com? If you’ve somehow missed the meteoric rise of this Website that connects homeowners to remodelers, then immediately stop reading this and log on. Read more

Western Pool & Spa Show Events Western Pool & Spa Show

Words such as “spectacular” have been used to describe the Long Beach (Calif.) Convention Center and it’s easy to see why Read more

Proposal Would Broaden Florida Licensing Requirements Industry News Proposal Would Broaden Florida Licensing Requirements

A new bill coming before the Florida legislature would require all pool service technicians statewide, including those who perform only chemical adjustments, to be swimming pool/spa servicing contractors. Read more

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