State Senator Debbie Mayfield – Mayfield Minute 12/19/2021

Good Morning!

As we gather with loved ones this holiday season, take time to reflect upon our many blessings. May the spirit of Christmas fill your home with peace, joy and love. From my family to yours, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!
For unto us a child is born. 
Unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulders.
His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 
Isaiah 9:6 
In light of the holiday season, my offices will be closed Thursday, December 23rd and Friday, December 24th.
This edition of the Mayfield Minute includes highlights of Governor DeSantis initiatives, road safety tips, local stories, and upcoming events.
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Statewide Updates

Florida Deploys State All-Hazards Incident Management Team to Support Tornado Outbreak Response in Kentucky
Florida deployed a nine-person State All-Hazards Incident Management Team comprised of individuals from the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) as well as Clay, St. Johns, and Flagler counties, to Kentucky in support of the tornado outbreak response efforts. The team will be embedded in the Kentucky State Emergency Operations Center and provide operational support to the Kentucky Emergency Management division. The team is anticipating a 14-day deployment.
All-Hazards Incident Management Teams are regional, multi-agency teams comprised of local law enforcement, fire and EMS, public health, emergency management, public works, and other public safety partners with standardized training and field experience in Incident Command System positions. Teams are trained to support incidents that extend beyond one operational period and are credentialed to serve in different positions through FDEM.
Earlier last week, Governor DeSantis and FDEM offered Florida’s support in response to the deadly tornadoes that affected nine states in parts of the Midwest and Tennessee Valley. FDEM has been coordinating with the emergency management offices of the nine affected states to identify resource gaps and provide assistance as needed.
First Lady Casey DeSantis Hosts Roundtable with Faith-Based Community on Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity
First Lady Casey DeSantis hosted a roundtable discussion with state and community leaders highlighting “Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity” and the work that community partners and faith-based organizations are doing to support vulnerable families in Florida.
“Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity” was spearheaded by First Lady DeSantis and implemented by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), utilizing “Care Navigators” to guide Floridians on an individualized path to prosperity by focusing on community collaboration between the private sector, faith-based community, nonprofits and government entities to break down traditional community silos, to maximize resources and uncover opportunities.
Since the September launch of “Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity”:
  • More than 6,000 customers have been referred to the Hope Florida program.
  • Since the launch 7,684 individual referrals have been made to partner agencies. The number is higher than total customers due to some individuals having multiple barriers.
Stay Safe on the Roads this Holiday Season
Attorney General Ashley Moody, the Florida Highway Patrol and local law enforcement leaders are urging Floridians to stay safe on the roads this holiday season. December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month and according to the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 40% of traffic-related deaths during Christmas and New Year’s involve drunk drivers.
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said, “In Brevard County, we have zero tolerance for crime, so if you must drink then have a designated driver or pay a nominal fee for another form of transportation that can get you home safely! And if you can’t do that, then get ready to wake up Christmas morning in our jail where you can’t put anyone else’s life at risk!”
For more information and tips for safe travels this holiday season, Attorney General Moody made a video announcement recognizing National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. To view the video, click here.
Governor DeSantis Awards $11 Million to Further Career and Apprenticeship Opportunities
Governor DeSantis and Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran announced nearly $11 million in funding for the 2021 Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant and Apprenticeship State Expansion Grant recipients. This funding is part of Governor DeSantis’ efforts to make Florida the best state in the nation for workforce education by 2030. Since 2019, $30 million has been invested to expand registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs. This grant funding will create opportunities for individuals to earn the high-value skills and nationally recognized credentials necessary for high-earning careers, and support our growing industries and globally competitive economy.
In partnership with the Florida Association for Career and Technical Education (FACTE) and CareerSource Florida, the Department of Education continues to make noteworthy gains, expanding the number of Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs) by 15%. This expansion represents a total of 300 programs with 1,875 apprentices reaching completion and earning an in-demand apprenticeship certificate with an average salary of $52,500.
To learn more about the Apprenticeship State Expansion Grant Program, click here.
Governor DeSantis Announces Legislative Proposal to Stop W.O.K.E. Activism and Critical Race Theory in Schools and Corporations
Governor DeSantis announced the “Stop the Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees” (W.O.K.E.) Act, a legislative proposal that will give businesses, employees, children and families the tools to fight back against woke indoctrination. The legislation will codify the Florida Department of Education’s prohibition on the teaching of critical race theory in K-12 schools, and prohibit school districts, colleges, and universities from hiring woke CRT consultants. Additionally, the legislation will protect employees against a hostile work environment due to critical race theory training.
For more information about the Stop W.O.K.E. Act, click here.

Constituent of the Week

Our Constituent of the Week is the President of Indian River State College, Dr. Timothy Moore. Dr. Moore became Indian River State College’s fourth president in September of 2020. Dr. Moore holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Wofford College, a Master’s degree in Biology and Microbiology from North Carolina State University, and a Ph.D. in Kinesiology-Exercise Physiology from Auburn University. 
Dr. Moore served as an active-duty Army officer from 1985 to 1992, including a post as the Director of the U.S. Army’s Chemical Weapons Defense Laboratory in Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. During his time working in higher education, he served as Vice President for Research at Florida A&M University, Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Research Program Development at Auburn University, and Director of Federal Research Program Development at the National Agricultural Biosecurity Center at Kansas State University. Dr. Moore’s experience in the private sector includes Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer of Probaxstra, Inc, Chief Science Officer at MagPlasma, and Senior Vice President for Commercial Business Development for Ventech Solutions, Inc.
During his time at IRSC, Dr. Moore has continued the legacy of excellence, once under Dr. Ed Massey, by spearheading and completing several vast accomplishments for the institution. Some of these accomplishments include launching a $13.5 million capital expansion to double the capacity of IRSC Nursing Programs, establishing a Veterans Center of Excellence through a 3-year Federal Department of Education grant, breaking ground on an Eastman Advanced Workforce Training Complex, and securing a $4,961,238 Hispanic-Serving Institutions STEM and Articulation Program grant from U.S. Department of Education. It is clear that with Dr. Moore’s leadership, our community will continue to benefit from the programs at IRSC.
Thank you, Dr. Moore, for your dedication to ensuring that IRSC remains one of the premier state colleges in Florida and for your service to our country. District 17 is privileged to have you as a member of the community.

District 17 Highlights

Brevard County
New Manufacturing Jobs Coming to the Space Coast
Space Florida, Florida’s aerospace agency, pushed forward with negotiations to bring 2,100 spacecraft manufacturing jobs paying an average of $84,000 a year to Brevard County over the next three years. The Space Florida board of directors approved a staff request to complete negotiations with a company that is expected to invest more than $300 million in a new facility at the Melbourne Orlando International Airport. The identity of the company has not been released, with the proposal going by the code name “Project Griffin.”
NASA Causeway Replacement Groundbreaking Ceremony
On December 14th, 2021, Lt. Governor Jeanette Nuñez, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Space Florida, and NASA hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new NASA Causeway Bridge, a $126 million project to build two high-level fixed bridges over the Indian River, providing a new gateway to Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
The existing NASA Causeway was originally built in 1964 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs, the bridges were vital for transportation of space-bound payloads to the launch facilities.
“Florida’s Space Coast is a worldwide hub for aerospace innovation, space exploration and defense, and the new NASA Causeway Bridge will serve as the launchpad for future growth in our aerospace industry, which employs more than 130,000 Floridians,” said Senator Debbie Mayfield. “I am thankful for the Governor’s leadership and for FDOT, NASA, and Space Florida prioritizing this vital investment in Florida’s future.”
Construction of the new bridge begins this month. Traffic to and from the Space Center and launch facilities will remain open throughout the project. Completion of the new NASA Causeway is expected to be by the end of 2025.
For more information, click here.
Indian River County
Indian River State College Expanding Nursing Program
On December 14th, 2021, Indian River State College announced plans to double the size of their School of Nursing. Currently, the program is capped at 300 students and is housed at the College’s main campus in Fort Pierce. Dr. Timothy Moore, president of Indian River State College, said the School of Nursing will relocate to the College’s Pruitt Campus in Port St. Lucie.
“Our program is in high demand and the biggest issue for us is we were having three or four applicants for every spot we had open,” said Dr. Moore. “We wanted to make sure we created more spaces, more seats, more opportunities for these students — these highly qualified students, highly motivated students — to come to our program and receive the education they desire” said Dr. Moore.
Dr. Moore said the new classrooms will be equipped with simulated clinical settings to prepare students with the necessary technical training required for nurses. Construction for the new facility is set to begin in January 2022 and be completed by the fall of 2023.
Vero Beach Police Department House Check and Night Watch Program
Vero Beach Police Department Chief David Currey reminds residents and business owners that the VBPD is available to check on homes when owners are away and to check on businesses at night.
For more information or to sign up for either service, call the VBPD at (772) 978-4600 or click here.
To see the department’s house check sheet that shows the information you will be asked for, click here.

Upcoming Events

Surfing Santas
Surfing Santas is an annual Cocoa Beach tradition that brings hundreds of surfers dressed up as Santa. Watch them ride in on the waves and kick off your holiday, beach-side, at this free event. The event will take place on Friday, December 24th, 2021 at Coconuts On the Beach located at 2 Minutemen Cswy, Cocoa Beach. The event will begin at 8:00 a.m.
For more information, click here.
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