James (Jim) Batts, member of the Florida Swimming Pool Association (FSPA) has been reappointed to the Florida Building Commission (FBC).
Batts was announced along with ten other individuals to FBC by Governor Ron DeSantis last month. Batts was first appointed to the commission in 2013 by Governor Rick Scott.
“I am grateful and humbled to be reappointed to the commission for another term,” says Batts. “It is a great honour to represent the swimming pool and spa industry and ensure that Florida’s building code works for our industry and works for all of Florida’s residents, businesses, and visitors.”
Batts is the president of The Batts Company, a pool construction and remodelling business serving the northeast Florida region. He is a former state board president and a current member of the FSPA. He has also served as the chairman and is a current member of the contractor’s review board of St. Johns County.
“We are thrilled Jim has been reappointed and will continue to help shape the Florida Building Code,” said Dallas Thiesen, FSPA senior director of government affairs. “His depth of knowledge and experience in swimming pool and spa construction is unmatched.”
Batts is the sole pool industry representative on the commission by statute. The FBC is responsible for the adoption and update of the Florida Building Code on a triennial basis.
The FSPA is a trade association, governed by a board of directors, for the pool and spa industry in Florida. There are approximately 750 member businesses in 16 Chapters across the state. Members are required to abide by a code of ethics and to be properly licensed and insured. FSPA provides the industry access to continuing education courses, information on current trends and issues, an arbitration program, and government relations representation.