July 24, 2009
Hear ye, hear ye! DBPR needs your help. It's time again for us to develop our legislative package for next Legislative Session. Last year, we focused our legislative proposals on Governor Crist's "Accelerate Florida" initiative. Our main department bill was replete with ideas that would improve our licensing process and stimulate business. We developed bill language based on input from our licensees, our employees and our boards and commissions. This year, I am extending our solicitation for input to the industries and professionals we serve.
I've invited various industries and associations to meet with me to discuss their issues or concerns for this upcoming session. I am very interested in hearing what they think will be important in the near future and how we might work together for the common good of the people of this state.
Seeking the advice of those we regulate makes perfect sense to me. The folks who work in these industries or represent them are intimately involved in these issues and can make suggestions that will enhance their businesses and make Florida safer. In meeting with these folks, it is understood that while we will keep an open mind with all suggestions, we will not sacrifice the safety of the public and our focus will be on streamlining the process for licensure—not increasing burdens on licensees.
The meetings I've had so far have been enlightening as we prepare our goals and outline the future of the agency. I thank all the businesses, trade associations and professionals who have joined us in this mission. The meetings have consisted of a broad spectrum of our licensees, such as alcohol, tobacco, construction, condominiums, community association managers, interior designers, certified public accountants, real estate professionals, and many others.
For those of you who may not be able to meet with me in person, I invite you to meet me online. The next "Quality on the Line" office hours will be Wednesday, July 29, from noon to 3 p.m. You can e-mail by visiting www.MyFloridaLicense.com during this time. I will be at my computer and ready to hear from you.
Charles W. Drago