Hire licensed contractors

06/14/2014 7:00 PM

06/13/2014 8:20 PM

So the taxi lobby is up in arms about unlicensed activity in its industry and calling for jail time for violators.

However, children are being killed because of unlicensed contractors in the swimming-pool industry.

Miami-Dade commissioners approved letting people with a certified pool operators (CPO) certificate to service pools, but not make repairs. However, CPOs think they are now licensed contractors and installing pumps, filters, and making repairs. County officials stand by and do nothing.

A 16-hour course teaching people how to pass the test does not make a contractor. County commissioners have created a serious problem in an industry that not only uses powerful chemicals, but does plumbing, electrical and structural repairs on pools than can cause death if not done properly.

Residents should hire licensed contractors. It’s the law.

Wayne Edwins, Pinecrest

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