March 20, 2009
Over the past week, I was able to attend the Construction Industry Licensing Board and the Florida Real Estate Commission meetings. Each time I meet with our boards and board members, I'm reminded of how important it is to keep these lines of communication open. The department and the boards have the same end goal—to support Florida’s business and protect the people of Florida.
When I attended the Construction Industry Licensing Board meeting, I was impressed with how professionally and efficiently Jaqueline Watts chaired the board and ran the meeting. Every member was thoughtful and gave great consideration to the matters before them—matters involving DBPR licensees. Our boards play a crucial role in customer service by providing leadership and guidance to licensees.
One such case involved a registered contractor who only worked in his home county and never had a need for the statewide certified contractor license. The contractor explained that he had always found work at home, but now work was sparse and he needed a certified contractor license. This way, he could work throughout the state.
This week, I attended the FREC meeting and was able to sit down with the new Chair, Ralph McCoig, to discuss issues that the commission is considering. It was a great opportunity to hear his perspective on their priorities, what changes they would like to see, and industry news. It was also a great opportunity for me to share what DBPR is doing and why we're working so hard to streamline processes.
Professional boards, commissions and councils have a significant responsibility in serving their industries and identifying ways to do things better. I’m grateful to work alongside such talented and creative board members, who join us in our mission to license efficiently and regulate fairly.
Charles W. Drago