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HB 757/ SB 1614 (Swimming Pool Definition)

Issue: Amendment of swimming pool definition to exclude pools over a certain size

Affects:  Those who build swimming pools

Send comments to:  Regan Ratliff, rratliff@phta.org  

Bill Summary: Both bills seek to amend the definition of ‘public swimming pool’, ‘public pool’ and ‘swimming pool’ to exclude a manmade lake or lagoon with a surface area of 43,000 square feet or more.

The current definition for public swimming pools and public pools is:

a watertight structure of concrete, masonry, or other approved materials which is located either indoors or outdoors, used for bathing or swimming by humans, and filled with a filtered and disinfected water supply, together with buildings, appurtenances, and equipment used in connection therewith. A public swimming pool or public pool shall mean a conventional pool, spa-type pool, wading pool, special purpose pool, or water recreation attraction, to which admission may be gained with or without payment of a fee and includes, but is not limited to, pools operated by or serving camps, churches, cities, counties, day care centers, group home facilities for eight or more clients, health spas, institutions, parks, state agencies, schools, subdivisions, or the cooperative living-type projects of five or more living units, such as apartments, boardinghouses, hotels, mobile home parks, motels, recreational vehicle parks, and townhouses.

The definition for a swimming pool is:

any structure, located in a residential area, that is intended for swimming or recreational bathing and contains water over 24 inches deep, including, but not limited to, in-ground, aboveground, and on-ground swimming pools; hot tubs; and nonportable spas.

Status: Both bills died May 3, 2019.

HB 757:   http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/757/BillText/Filed/PDF

SB 1614: http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/1614/BillText/Filed/PDF