November 4, 2011
As the Secretary of DBPR, one of my main goals is to get to know our licensees on their turf. I want to see what they do on a day-to-day basis and gather their feedback on their experiences with the Department.
This past weekend I attended the 52nd Annual Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show and was excited to speak to many of the yacht brokers there. As a result of the Department’s enforcement of the Yacht and Ship Brokers Act, yacht buyers from the U.S. and around the world feel safe buying and selling yachts in Florida. These buyers can be confident that their funds on deposit – from thousands to millions of dollars – will be handled by a licensed and bonded yacht broker who is required to place those funds in a regulated escrow account.
Many people don’t realize the positive impact Ft. Lauderdale’s Boat Show has on the local economy. This year’s boat show alone created approximately 18,000 jobs per day - from florists, caterers and electricians to upholsterers, sign makers and cab drivers.
I enjoyed my time at the boat show, specifically getting to meet many of our licensees. I look forward to next year!