Really irritated at people trying to get their 15 minutes of fame off Hurricane Ian. Shoshana Weismann on Twitter is blasting Florida for busting a Texas roofer for not being licensed in Florida. She thinks its “unfair” to him that he can’t “help” victims of Ian. I sent her an email just now. (here is a link to her tweet: https://twitter.com/senatorshoshana?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1580300203579490304%7Ctwgr%5E2deb11dac1b7cdea0d85841feeaf8f1803130863%7Ctwcon%5Es2_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.theblaze.com%2Fnews%2Fa-texas-roofer-tried-to-help-floridians-recover-from-hurricane-ian-then-he-was-arrested-because-he-didnt-have-a-florida-contractors-license)
I hope my fellow Florida Contractors share this email I sent:
“I’d like to shed some light on statements you made regarding the roofing contractor busted for unlicensed contracting in Charlotte County, Florida. For some reason, the news outlets and the Twitter trolls think that Florida is filled with a bunch of idiots and we need help.
The issue with out-of-state Contractors coming into Florida after a hurricane is that many of them scam homeowners; that’ s why we regulate down here. We have approximately 175,000 LICENSED & Insured active Certified Building, General, Residential, and Roofing contractors who are able to perform the necessary work in Hurricane Ian hit areas, so it’s not like we are lacking contractors. We have 7,141 Active licensed Certified Roofing Contractors alone (not to mention the Registered licensees), all whom have been vetted, licensed and are currently regulated by the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, have business tax-receipts for their domestic business locations, and are being tracked for both Liability Insurance and Worker’s Comp Insurances. Our contractors pay a fortune to operate in Florida, especially Roofing Contractors.
Duque Roofing isn’t even authorized by the Florida Division of Corporations to transact business in the State of Florida to sell tarps as of 10/14/2022. It only take about 3 days to file a foreign businesses entity with the Division of Corporations. Licensing does take a little longer, but we have plenty of licensed roofers already in business who are losing out on helping their fellow Floridians.
Here is a link to a list of our licensed construction professionals : http://www.myfloridalicense.com/…/public-records/…. I encourage you to pull the list and then query out the CCC, CBC, CGC, CRC, RX, RB, RG, and RR licenses that are marked with an “A” for active. The number of licensed professionals is massive.
There is nothing wrong keeping people from other states from stealing construction business from already established, licensed and insured Florida Contractors. These out of state people are trying to make a profit off the suffering of others and stealing legitimate business from legitimate Florida Businesses. There are more than enough Florida licensed contractors to handle the damage from Hurricane Ian. “
Thank you for your time,
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