State Senator Debbie Mayfield – Mayfield Minute 12/26/2021

Good Morning!

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas holiday. As we look back on 2021, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to serve as your State Senator. I am truly blessed to have the honor to represent all of the wonderful people who make District 17 home. I look forward to working with you to make 2022 a year that is full of opportunities. From my family to yours, wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year!
 
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Statewide Updates

Florida Takes Legal Action to Block President Biden’s Unlawful Head Start Mandate
 
Attorney General Ashley Moody is taking legal action challenging President Joe Biden’s unlawful mandates for Head Start staff, teachers and students. Attorney General Moody and attorneys general from 23 other states today filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana challenging the requirements. The unlawful requirements include mandatory masks on toddlers and COVID-19 vaccinations for staff and volunteers in Head Start programs.
 
The Head Start program provides much needed resources to underserved children and their families. The program provides early childhood education and resources, including diapers, to families. If left in place, teachers, contractors and volunteers in Florida Head Start programs will be forced to receive COVID-19 vaccinations by January 31st, 2022. This unlawful requirement will lead to job losses and potentially a reduction in programs for children in need.
 
Joining Attorney General Moody in taking legal action to stop the unlawful mandates are attorneys general from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.
 
 
New Preventative Monoclonal Antibody for Immunocompromised Patients
 
Governor DeSantis and Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo announced a new long-acting COVID-19 monoclonal antibody therapy from AstraZeneca that will be available for moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals, such as cancer patients and transplant recipients, at numerous health care provider locations in Florida. 
 
“This monoclonal is a new tool for some of our most vulnerable Floridians and we are happy to make this available throughout the state,” said Governor DeSantis. “Florida has been a leader in advocating for early treatment of COVID-19 and the availability of this new monoclonal is a continuation of the state’s efforts. Florida will continue to use a comprehensive approach to respond to COVID-19 and promote healthy living through Healthier You.”
 
To learn more about the treatment, click here
 
 
Action Against Communist China and Woke Corporations
 
On December 20th, Governor DeSantis held a meeting with the State Board of Administration where he, CFO Jimmy Patronis, and Attorney General Ashley Moody moved to revoke all proxy voting authority that has been given to outside fund managers, to clarify the state’s expectation that all fund managers should act solely in the financial interest of the state’s funds, and to conduct a survey of all of the investments of the Florida Retirement System to determine how many assets the state has in Chinese companies.
 
By retaking control of the state pension fund’s proxy voting from outside fund managers who may pursue social ideologies inconsistent with the state’s values or the financial interests of the state’s investments, and by determining the state’s exposure to Chinese investments, the actions taken at the meeting further strengthen Florida’s fiscal footing and signal to those in corporate America who prop up a genocidal, authoritarian, imperialist regime that they will not do so with Floridians’ money.
 
 
DEP Launches New Green Stormwater Infrastructure Website
 
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Water Restoration Assistance Nonpoint Source Management program announced the launch of the new green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) website. The site is a resource where communities can learn what GSI is, why it matters, how to get started, and how to implement projects that deliver environmental, social and economic benefits to communities.
 
“I encourage our stakeholders to visit the new GSI website. This site complements our agency’s ongoing efforts to protect Florida’s water resources by providing case studies, technical guidance and information about funding offered by DEP for green stormwater infrastructure,” said DEP Deputy Secretary for Ecosystems Restoration Adam Blalock. “Information will be kept up to date with the latest research and technical guidance in coordination with our partners at the University of Florida, Florida State University, the water management districts and local municipalities.”
 
The new website showcases green stormwater infrastructure success stories along with technical resources to assist in project planning. These resources will assist communities in determining which stormwater best management practices are most appropriate for an area, evaluating costs and maintenance requirements, and estimating nutrient reduction effectiveness.
 
Examples of green stormwater infrastructure include:
 
  • Bioswales – Vegetated, shallow, landscaped feature designed to capture, treat and infiltrate stormwater runoff.
  • Tree boxes – Stormwater control measures around individual trees (usually in a downtown or main street streetscape) that collect and treat stormwater prior to discharge into the storm sewer system or subsoil.
  • Permeable pavement – Porous urban surface that catches precipitation and surface runoff, allowing it to slowly infiltrate the soil below.
 
To view the GSI website, click here

Constituent of the Week

Our constituent of the week is Georganna Gillette, a native Floridian and Executive Director of the Space Coast Transportation and Planning Organization (TPO). Ms. Gillette assumed a position at the Space Coast TPO in August of 2010. Prior to this, she held positions with the Florida Department of Transportation in Orlando and Lake City, Florida for over 18 years. Throughout her 29 years of experience in the transportation industry, Ms. Gillette has continuously improved the trajectory of projects throughout the region and the state. She passionately strives to develop a regional multi-modal transportation network that will improve the quality of life for Brevard residents, businesses, and visitors. 
 
As Executive Director, Ms. Gillette oversees regional transportation planning for the 16 incorporated municipalities on the Space Coast. The Space Coast’s unique economic and naytural assets allow for her to collaborate and coordinate in five transportation modes. These modes include highways, airports, rail, a seaport, and a spaceport. 
 
Ms. Gillette has continued to diligently work closely with local governments, state and federal transportation partners, and communities to meet the needs of our shared transportation system. The Space Coast TPO serves as a forum for building consensus and facilitating discussions on how to best prioritize transportation dollars in our county. As Brevard County is becoming a 21st-century community, making our planning area more competitive in the local, regional, and global economies are key to creating jobs. A robust economy leads to stronger communities.
 
As the Space Coast continues to boom, it is vital that our community has leaders such as Ms. Gillette at the forefront of innovation. Thank you, Georganna Gillette, for your continued dedication to improving transportation throughout the area. District 17 and the Space Coast is privileged to have you as a member of the community.

District 17 Highlights

Brevard County
 
Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Increasing Pedestrian Safety
 
Brevard County ranks in the top 25 counties in Florida for traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists. To help reverse this trend, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the Florida Department of Transportation High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) Program aimed at educating motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians on Florida’s traffic laws to improve safety on County roads.
 
Starting this in December 2021 through May 2022, the Sheriff’s Office will have additional deputies on patrol at specific corridors with a high occurrence of pedestrians and bicyclists’ crashes. Special attention will be directed towards increasing awareness of the dangerous behaviors that are contributing to serious and fatal injuries at these locations. Deputies will look for drivers speeding, failing to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, conducting improper turns or signal violations, and using hand-held devices while driving.
 
Deputies also will watch for pedestrians who cross the street illegally or fail to yield to motorists who have right-of-way. Bicyclists will be stopped for riding against traffic, riding at night without lights or not abiding by the same laws as motor vehicles. Deputies will issue warnings and citations only when appropriate.
 
To keep the public safe, the Sheriff’s Office offers the following tips when biking, driving or walking:
 
  • Drivers: obey speed limits, never drive impaired, and always watch for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Bicyclists: obey traffic laws, ride in the direction of traffic, and use lights when riding at night.
  • Pedestrians: cross in crosswalks or at intersections, obey pedestrian signals, and make sure you are visible to drivers when walking at night.
 
 
Indian River County
 
Vero Beach City Council Supports Smoke-Free Zones on Beaches and Parks
 
Vero Beach City Councilmembers expressed their unanimous support for establishing smoke-free zones on public beaches and in public parks. Currently, neither the city council nor the county commissioners have the authority to regulate smoking on beaches and in parks, because state law preempts local law regarding outdoor smoking. Two bills now moving through the Florida legislature, HB 105 and SB 224, would give cities and counties the ability to provide smoke-free zones in a public park and on public beaches. According to City Manager Monte Falls, “this is a resolution that city council asked us to bring back to show council’s support for that legislation.” According to Falls, this resolution supports the adoption of HB 105 and SB 224, which would give the city and county authority to establish smoke-free zones.

Upcoming Events

Cinderella Ballet Performance
 
The Melbourne City Ballet Theatre and State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine are presenting “Cinderella” at the King Center located at 3865 N Wickham Road on Friday, December 31st, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. This is a two-act performance of Cinderella, set to Sergei Prokofiev’s music with Andrei Litvinov’s choreography. It is a full-scale production that follows the beautiful maiden’s story as she seeks her handsome Prince Charming.
 
For more information, click here.

Contact Information

Melbourne Office
900 East Strawbridge Avenue
Melbourne, FL 32901
(321) 409-2025
 
Tallahassee Office
330 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5017
 
Vero Beach Office
Administration Building B
1801 27th Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960
(772) 226-1970
 
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