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Old 10-19-2020, 10:10 AM
 
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Are you suggesting that Jewish people work for their parents in Florida? That was a pretty stupid comment without a bit of truth. Not one of my Jewish friends works with or for for his/her parents. Sweet Jesus.


ya
know Jesus was a Jew just sayin....just to be funny
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Old 10-19-2020, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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I've lived in Florida on and off for 42 years. I lived in Boca during the IBM era. Those were about the only good jobs to be found in Boca back then, and it was not easy to land one. It seemed to vanish overnight. Office Depot came along later, and employed a lot of people there...then that dwindled too. Now, the financial industry is king of the hill in Boca. Most are from up-east. Real estate is big too.

One industry I can think of that is disproportionately Florida natives is agriculture, which has been relegated to the center of the state, and the Northern 1/3rd.

The largest sugar cane operation (U.S. Sugar) is owned by Cubans since the 1950's, and they used to employee lots of Haitians, but now it's more automated.

The Duda family emigrated from Slovakia in the 1920's, and run one of the largest Ag concerns in Florida, which has now diversified into other areas; such as development of their former farmlands.

Ben Hill Griffith is a native Floridian company, & is a huge citrus, & fertilizer op, based near Fort Meade, Fl.

The Mormons own huge swaths of land in central Florida, and they are big into cattle.

The Langdale family are native to Southern Georgia, but they operate massive timber Ops all across the Northern 1/3rd of Florida.

The Palmer family came down from Chicago in 1910 & bought Thousand of acres which is now the Palmer Ranch community which was Timber & cattle, but later turned into land development. The Brahma Bulls you see were brought here from Texas by the Palmer's.

Lakewood Ranch was also timber & cattle turned real estate developer, but they were not native Floridians. The Shroeders and Uihleins came from up North...Wisconsin in the early 1900s.

There are massive flower growing fields North and West of the Gold Coast that few know about. I'm not sure if those are native Floridians, or not.

As 997S said, government too. Anything related to mining & ag, has a lot of Florida natives regulating it.

Casino's are run by the Seminole Indian Tribe, but that's just a few Thousand employees.

Years ago, mining was a native industry, but then Mosaic moved down from Minnesota, and bought most of the Floridian's out. Mosaic runs most of the Phosphate mines.

Your area of interest seems to be fishing charters, marina's, & boating related. That was a flooded market, with more providers than needed, but many went under after 2 bad bouts of Red Tide, and now the Covid-19 Pandemic. It's bounced back strongly, for those who survived.

Freedom Boat company is based here, and was just sold for Millions to Brunswick Corp.

There are lots of boat manufacturers here like Donzi Marine, Bertram, Boston Whaler, Cobia, Contender, Hinckley Yachts, Intrepid, Lazzara, Pursuit, Renegade, Sebalo, Wellcraft, just to name a few.

Marine Max is the biggest boat dealer I know...they have many marina's throughout Florida. They specialize in Boston Whaler & Sea Ray.

Most of the industry's/companies, I mention have had roots in Florida for decades. I don't think being an outsider is a barrier to entry for any of these industry's. There could be obstacles for outsiders/newcommers from trying to purchase marina's of historial relevance, but aside from that, I doubt it. Many of the native Floridians who owned land, are into developing it.

One area of opportunity I have noticed, is a similar model to Freedom Boat Club, but with higher end boats, or a time-share, fractional boat-ownership brokerage house for higher end boats.

I hope all I have wrote is accurate, & helpful. If anyone notices any errors or ommissions, please chime in. This was all from memory, & sometimes I can't recall whereI left my keys
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Old 10-19-2020, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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Correction to my post above, thanks to a little birdie...the status and/or location on boat builers Lazzara, Donzi, & Hinckley have changed.

Any others, please share. I put a lot of details in my post, & I don't want to mislead anyone.
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Old 10-20-2020, 08:22 AM
 
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The Brown Ranch, from GA, TN and FL natives - cattle etc, east coast and just sold about 2000 acrea at Fruitville and Verna that is being developed right now Sarasota
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Old 10-22-2020, 09:26 PM
 
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This thread is totally wrong fueled by youtube and bad stereotypes.............

If you grew up in the 70s/80s in Boca Raton then your parents likely worked for IBM, as it was the biggest employer in the south end of the county until the early 90s. They had the annual IBM fair (think of it as the greatest carnival you ever attended but it was FREE!). The street I lived on had 5 IBM employees on the 11 house block. IBM moved on and a whole lot of middle management types were suddenly unemployed. IBM offered transfers to NC/TX but not too many took that option.
https://www.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhi...506VV8004.html

Youtube channels are fueled by advertising and sponsors rather than the income these folks generate selling their services to the public. They are at the grocery store just like everyone else, not wandering out to the back 40 acres and catching dinner every night.

Here is a perfect example:

Note in the video they say their videos are only possible due to their patrons (people giving them money). I have met her, she has older boats (that 31 Contender isn't theirs), they live in a modest 150K house out west. I don't know if she actually charters for money (I don't think either have a Capt's license). She appears like she is living the life, but in real life I'd bet she is constantly wondering if next months bills are getting paid just like most people.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyyu48HVhSU
She bought a house for $150K in West Boca???

RIIIIIIIIIIIGHT.
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Old 11-04-2020, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Ok then ownership of marinas/shipyard RE largely in the hands of the investor class which, who knows where they are from. What about the workers on the boats? I am just curious.
Yachties make bank. Entry level positions start on yachts at about $45K a year plus gratuities.

One of my girlfriends is a freelance yachtie chef an makes $1500 per day on charter.

Every yacht company in the world has an office in South Florida.

Every one I know has a boat.

By design marinas are hot and windless. Pretty miserable.
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Old 11-07-2020, 10:48 PM
 
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Yachties make bank. Entry level positions start on yachts at about $45K a year plus gratuities.

One of my girlfriends is a freelance yachtie chef an makes $1500 per day on charter.

Every yacht company in the world has an office in South Florida.

Every one I know has a boat.

By design marinas are hot and windless. Pretty miserable.
Just curious: why are marinas hot and windless by design?
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Old 11-08-2020, 12:10 AM
 
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Yachties make bank. Entry level positions start on yachts at about $45K a year plus gratuities.

One of my girlfriends is a freelance yachtie chef an makes $1500 per day on charter.

Every yacht company in the world has an office in South Florida.

Every one I know has a boat.

By design marinas are hot and windless. Pretty miserable.
Damn, nice, the people I know that work on those things made jack squat, more of the adventure of it than actual real income.
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Old 11-09-2020, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Just curious: why are marinas hot and windless by design?
Because you want no wind in a marina causing waves and blowing boats around. It can damage the boats.
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Old 11-09-2020, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Damn, nice, the people I know that work on those things made jack squat, more of the adventure of it than actual real income.
It's hard, back breaking work. I don't know anyone who does it for fun. I know lots of people who have made a career out of it.

You never see your family, you are always working holidays and weekends. Christmas through New Years is the busiest time of year.
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