CPVC Manufacturers Product Update

Florida Lawsuit seeking Class Action status has been dismissed You may be aware of a recent federal lawsuit that was filed on behalf of a class of Florida condo associations and building owners, against many members of the fire sprinkler industry, alleging BlazeMaster® pipe defects. As you will recall, the plaintiff’s counsel made several predictions in media channels, press conferences … Read More

Naples Fire Protection celebrates 20 years in business

Congratulations to Naples Fire Protection celebrating 20 years in business. Naples Fire Protection, Inc. is a full service fire sprinkler and fire alarm company that has been operating in Southwest Florida since 1997. Formally doing business as Naples Fire Sprinkler Inc., our company expanded in 2009 to offer a full line of fire protection services for our customers. In 2005, … Read More

Chris Johnson – 2017-2018 Chairman of the Board

Congratulations to Chris Johnson our 2017-2018 Chairman of the Board. Chris Johnson is the President and CEO of Piper Fire Protection. Chris is a NICET certified fire protection engineer who has attained Level III certification in Fire Sprinkler Design, and is waiting certification as Level II in both Special Hazards and Fire Alarm Engineering. Chris holds a State of Florida Class … Read More

Building Code Adoption

SB 7000 by Sen. Tom Lee (R-Brandon) http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/07000 and HB 091 by Rep. Stan McClain http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/00901, supported by the homebuilders, reverse the process for revising the Florida Building Code. Current law requires the Florida Building Commission to automatically adopt the International Code Council (ICC) codes every three years, and the Commission then may make Florida-specific modifications. Instead, the bills set the upcoming 6th Edition … Read More

Workers’ Compensation

Several Florida Supreme Court decisions in the past year, especially related to attorney fees, have resulted in a 14.5 percent current year average increase for workers’ compensation insurance premiums. AFSA-FL is a committed partner to the larger business community that is working to restore the stability and low premiums Florida has enjoyed since the 2003 legislative reforms took effect. Workers’ … Read More

Hi-Rise Retrofit

Condominium association interests are taking aim at the hi-rise sprinkler retrofit law that finally took effect December 31, 2016. HB 653 by Rep. George Moraitis (R-Ft. Lauderdale) http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/00653 and SB 744 by Sen. Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/00744 would extend the opt-out and installation deadlines two years each to December 31, 2018, and December 31, 2022, respectively. The bills also allow condos to opt-out of … Read More

The 2017 Florida Legislative Session

The 2017 Florida Legislative Session officially gets underway on Tuesday, March 7th. The Session lasts 60 calendar days, and unless extended will adjourn on May 5th. AFSA-FL set three top legislative priorities during the joint Board meeting in January: preserving the hi-rise retrofit requirement, preserving the current building code adoption mechanism, and restoring workers’ compensation rate stability. In addition to … Read More

Quarterly Meeting

Our next quarterly meeting is Monday, April 24 in Ft Myers and is open to members in good standing, RSVP is required.  Karl Thompson, CFPS, will be presenting classes for contractors and AHJs after which all are welcome to join us for dinner, cocktails and an evening of fun off property.  Registration opening soon.  Vendors wishing to sponsor the event … Read More