Joe Byrne, FRSA President, Owner, Byrne Roofing Inc.
There’s an old English Proverb – April showers bring May flowers – but it’s now June and we haven’t seen much rain lately. I guess it’s time to do the “rain dance” that my kids used to do in hopes of producing much-needed rain. We must be one of the few industries that actually looks forward to the rain. It keeps us busy and helps the industry thrive.
Special Legislative Session
Governor DeSantis has called for a special session in late May (May 23-27) to try and find a resolution to the property insurance crisis (read more on page 21). The insurance industry is targeting roofs and requiring consumers to replace them before they need to and it seems shingle roofs are in their crosshairs now. But wait – other types of roofs will be next – as well as the elimination of Cedar shake and shingle roofs. Some insurance companies are not renewing homeowners’ policies no matter how new they are and will not insure any wood product. I think this is a travesty but, as I’m told, they are private businesses and can insure who they want.
Convention and Expo
FRSA’s 100th Annual Convention is taking place July 19 – 22 in Daytona Beach. The Expo has been sold out for about six months and there is a waitlist for booth cancellations. The host hotel, the Hilton, is sold out and the Daytona Grande and Hard Rock Hotel have a few rooms left. A list of additional hotels in the Daytona area have been added to FRSA’s website at www.floridaroof.com/hotels. Read more.