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I have said to most of my professional friends, the premise behind their license is NOT to protect the consumer (although that may have been the original idea), but to protect the members of the licensed society. As in any bureaucracy, eventually the sole purpose of the bureaucracy is to protect it's existence. We see that in unions. We see that in law (remember the outcry against legal aids assisting people in filling out forms?). We see that in pharmaceuticals. We see that in medicine. I cannot think of a single closed society that does NOT have laws protecting it's membership and punishing those that infringe upon it.
OTOH, do you REALLY want to go to unlicensed individuals who calls themselves "Doctor of x" to have "x" taken care of? I certainly do not. That licensing does provide at least some standard of practice that (hopefully) says the person practicing "x" at least has some knowledge of "x".....
.....naturally raises the question of whether unlicensed yacht brokering is actually a “serious threat” to the “health, safety, and welfare of Florida residents and visitors”? My working hypothesis is that it is not.
Well, yes and no. The bond required by the license is meant to protect the end buyer's down payment or "good faith" money on any deal from disappearing if the deal goes sour for what ever reason. It is not uncommon for yacht brokers (and sales personnel) to play fast and loose with the escrow money on any purchase. This provides an avenue to structure proper administration of the funds.
Secondly, and probably of equal importance, the license allows for compiling information on any particular broker or sales person's relative worth (meaning honesty, business acumen, knowledge of the product or boat, etc.). Brokers and sales people go in an out of the yacht business on a regular basis and business' can appear and disappear over night. I've been involved in deals where the broker's business changed hands right in the middle of a deal - and that's not unusual.
Trust me, as a surveyor I can tell you stories about even reputable dealers and brokers that would curl your hair - you'd never step foot on a private boat again in your life. And those are stories about the "good guys".
So it makes some sense from a civil protection standpoint to have a license process for sellers as well as mechanics and service providers - at least in the boat industry which is the one industry I know best.