Florida’s temperatures aren’t the only thing running high this time of year. New pool construction permit data continues to roll into HBW’s database with more than 1,600 new pool construction permits added in October.
Earlier this week, we looked at new residential construction in Florida. Keeping with the Florida theme, we are going to continue to focus on the Sunshine State and take a look at new pool construction permits that were added to the HBW database in October.
While more than half the country is experiencing the cooler temperatures of 50-60 degrees and lower, most of Florida is still in the 70’s and 80’s, offering perfect swimming pool weather. As for Florida’s pool builders, they remained busy throughout the month of October, with more than 1,600 new permits added to the database, just about 5% higher than September.
The southwest portion of the state led with 456 new pool construction starts, and the southeast region increased activity by nearly 50% in comparison to September with 409 new permits added. The Orlando area also experienced a spike (12% increase) in activity since the previous month with 380 new pool starts. In Tampa, new pool construction has remained consistent (266 permits), while Jacksonville saw a sizable drop in activity (35% decrease) in comparison to September with 97 starts in October.
When looking at pool construction activity county-by-county, Palm Beach County in the southeast area led with 182 new permits in October and a total value in excess of $7 million. Counties in the southwest portion of the state took the second and third spots for total permits on file, with 143 new pool permits in Lee County (total value: $5.5 million) and 123 new permits (total value: $5.1 million) in Collier County. As previously noted, new pool construction continued on a high in Orlando, with Osceola County taking the fourth highest spot for total starts (117 permits – $3 million) and Orange County in the fifth spot with 109 starts (total value: $4 million).
As for builders, there were a number of companies leading each area. Taking a look at the Top 5 companies, the Orlando-based company All Seasons Pools led the state with 76 starts. Aragon Pools & Spas led the southwest area and was second in the state with 58 starts for the month. Holland Pools in Orlando held strong in third with 46 new pool permits. While Tampa Bay Pools led Tampa for new pool construction in October, it was fourth for activity statewide with 30 pools, and Aquadoc, Inc. (SW) came in a close fifth with 29 new permits.