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Old 11-29-2020, 02:00 AM
 
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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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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.
Put the jobs are limited. How many people can even afford the yachts, and out of all those people, how many times will they go yachting? And how many people out there can actually do the job driving down the wages?
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Old 12-08-2020, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Put the jobs are limited. How many people can even afford the yachts, and out of all those people, how many times will they go yachting? And how many people out there can actually do the job driving down the wages?
Tens of thousands of people work in the industry just based out of Fort Lauderdale. Go to the boat show one year and the money will blow your mind.

Most big yachts are corporate owned and charter out when the owner isn't using it.

I sat on the beach two weeks ago and watched probably 50 charters head to the Bahamas for Thanksgiving and all were over 100 feet.

I have five good friends who have boats that are larger than 75 feet that employee captains.
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Old 12-11-2020, 11:57 AM
 
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Tens of thousands of people work in the industry just based out of Fort Lauderdale. Go to the boat show one year and the money will blow your mind.

Most big yachts are corporate owned and charter out when the owner isn't using it.

I sat on the beach two weeks ago and watched probably 50 charters head to the Bahamas for Thanksgiving and all were over 100 feet.

I have five good friends who have boats that are larger than 75 feet that employee captains.
Well perhaps the whole industry is heavily based in South Florida and all the rich must fly in to partake.
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Old 12-15-2020, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Well perhaps the whole industry is heavily based in South Florida and all the rich must fly in to partake.
It is. The entire industry worldwide is based out of South Florida. I think I read 150,000 people in South Florida are employed directly by the yachting industry.
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Old 12-17-2020, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Capital Region, NY
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I once owned a small boat (23’). I docked it at two local lakes and loved spending time on it. A weekend on that boat seemed like a week anywhere else. We plan on snow birding in south Florida in the near future and I’d love to get back in to boating there. Not sure if we will buy. If we did buy a boat again we would have to transport it back north and use it on the lakes up here. So, I understand there are special issues concerning running the engines in both fresh and salt water.
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Old 12-19-2020, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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I once owned a small boat (23’). I docked it at two local lakes and loved spending time on it. A weekend on that boat seemed like a week anywhere else. We plan on snow birding in south Florida in the near future and I’d love to get back in to boating there. Not sure if we will buy. If we did buy a boat again we would have to transport it back north and use it on the lakes up here. So, I understand there are special issues concerning running the engines in both fresh and salt water.
Make sure whatever you buy it is a center console made for the ocean and not a lake boat or pontoon. Those boats don't do well in the ocean.

Something like this would be about entry level as to what I would get. https://www.carolinaskiff.com/boats/17-ls/

Flat bottom boats get swamped. It's all about the bow of the boat.

Or you can always join Freedom Boat Club. That make a lot more sense than trailering back and forth.

https://www.freedomboatclub.com/
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