State Senator Debbie Mayfield – Mayfield Minute 06/04/2022

Good Morning!

On June 6, 1944, Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower gave the go-ahead for the largest amphibious military operation in history: Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of northern France, commonly known as D-Day.

Tomorrow marks the 78th anniversary of this historic invasion.  May we always honor the service of our American Soldiers and allies who fought to end World War II. We will never forget their sacrifices. 


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Legislative Update

Governor DeSantis Signs the Freedom First 2022-2023 General Appropriations Act

On Thursday, Governor DeSantis signed the Florida State budget for the fiscal year of 2022-2023. The budget totals $109.9 billion and includes $1.24 billion in tax relief to Florida families, and sets aside $16 billion in our state reserves. Our state budget continues our commitment to allocating historic  funding for education, infrastructure, public health, public safety, and our environment

Governor DeSantis went on to say, “Florida has preserved freedom and kept the economy open, which has enabled the state to outperform the nation in jobs, growth, and business formations. Our commitment to freedom has paid off. Our responsible fiscal policies have put the state in a strong position to make the record investments needed to support growth and opportunity in spite of the reckless fiscal and monetary policies of the Biden administration.” 

To read the extensive list of budget highlights, click here

In Addition to the Budget, Governor DeSantis Signed the Following Bills this Week: 
  • SB 0968- Individual Retirement Accounts
  • SB 1380- Real Property Rights
  • SB 0002D- Property Insurance
  • SB 0004D- Building Safety
  • SB 2508- Environmental Resources
  • SB 2510- Florida Gaming Control Commission
  • SB 2512- Aircraft
  • SB 2514- Electronic Filing of Taxes
  • SB 2516- Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims
  • SB 2518- Information Technology
  • SB 2524- Education
  • SB 2526- Health
  • SB 2530- Motor Vehicle Title Fees
  • HB 5003- Implementing the 2022-2023 General Appropriations Act
  • HB 5005- Collective Bargaining
  • HB 5007- State-administered Retirement Systems
  • HB 5009- State Group Insurance Program
  • HB 5011- Inflation Fund
  • HB 5013- Trust Fund/Opioid Settlement Clearing Trust Fund/DFS
  • HB 5301- Capitol Complex
  • HB 7027- The Judicial Branch

District 17 Appropriation Highlights

During the legislative session, members of the Legislature have the opportunity to file local funding initiative requests for projects in their districts. During the 2022 Legislative Session, my colleagues in the Brevard County and Indian River County Delegations worked together to bring back funding for various local initiatives within District 17.

The total amount of funding for District 17 Local Initiatives for the Fiscal Year of 2022-2023 is $73,776,500. This funding is comprised of the following projects:

Brevard County:

• Brevard Zoo Aquarium- $950,000

• The Eco-Collective Farm School, Inc- $25,000

• Family Trauma Training for Youth in Both Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare- $400,000

• Florida-Israel Business Accelerator- $250,000

• Homeless Veteran Housing Assistance and Prevention- $100,000

• Eastern Florida State College – Center for Innovative Technology Education- $19,740,000 

• Cocoa Beach (Brevard County) Muck Dredging and Capping- $12,000,000

• Firefighting Program at Palm Bay Magnet High School- $980,000

• Eastern Florida State College – Aerospace Center of Excellence- $1,200,000

• Indialantic – The Mikey Goodwin Playground at Nance Park- $200,000

• Florida Institute of Technology – Restore Lagoon Inflow Research- $921,500

• Brevard Reentry Portal- $750,000

• Circles of Care – Behavioral Health Services- $750,000

• STEPS Women’s Residential Services- $500,000

• Brevard Adults with Disabilities- $250,000

• Brevard County Riverside Drive Force Main Improvements- $14,000,000

• Brevard County South Beaches WWTF Conversion- $12,000,000

• Brevard County Indian River Lagoon Quick Connects to Sewer Phase- $450,000

• Brevard County Indian River Lagoon Septic Upgrades to Advanced Treatment Units Phase 2- $450,000

• Melbourne Spring Creek Water Quality Project- $1,300,000

• Palm Bay Turkey Creek Water Quality Baffle Box Projects – $1,200,000

• Titusville Osprey Water Reclamation Plant Nutrient Removal Upgrade- $500,000

• West Melbourne Flood Risk Reduction- $460,000

• Manufacturing Talent Asset Pipeline- $350,000

County Total: $69,976,500

Indian River County

• Mental Health Association Walk-In and Counseling Center- $300,000

• University of Florida Health Center for Psychiatry and Addiction- $500,000

• Indian River County Ixora Park Sewer Rehabilitation- $3,000,000

County Total: $3,800,000


Constituent of the Week

Our constituent of the week is Indian Harbour Beach City Manager and valued community member, Mark Ryan. Mr. Ryan has served as the Indian Harbour Beach City Manager since April of 2014 and has previously held roles as the City Manager of Titusville for seven years, and the City Manager for West Melbourne for over 25 years. After 45 years in local government, Mr. Ryan will be retiring on June 30th.

In his role as city manager, Mr. Ryan was very instrumental in maintaining Indian Harbour Beach as a debt-free, full-service community. Since his appointment to his current role, Mr. Ryan has overseen the investment of numerous capital projects totaling more than $19 million dollars, including a new modern $5.6 million dollar Police Headquarters.

Mr. Ryan has made many substantial contributions to our community. One project that he is most proud of is his Gleason Park Flag initiative. Eight years ago, Mr. Ryan invited the community to donate funds to purchase more than 50 flags of the United States of America to be placed in Gleason Park by employees and volunteers on federal holidays and other significant events. The residents of Indian Harbour Beach take pride in honoring America through this initiative. 

Mr. Ryan is a member of the International City Management Association. He received a 40-year Service Award in 2017 and will receive his 45-year Service Award in 2022. Mr. Ryan is also a member of the Florida City County Management Association (FCCMA) and currently serves as the Chairman of the FCCMA Legislative Committee. In addition, he also serves as a member of the Florida League of Cities Municipal Administration Legislative Policy Committee. In 2021, Mr. Ryan became the first non-legislator to receive the prestigious Florida League of Cities “Defender of Home Rule Award.”

I applaud Mark Ryan for his dedication to serving the local residents of Brevard County. District 17 and our great state is proud to have Mark Ryan as a member of our community.

District Highlights

Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez Selects Two Brevard Students as Finalists of the Spring 2022 Florida Space Art Contest for K-5 Students

On Wednesday, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez announced ten finalists for the 2022 Florida Space Art Contest. Students were encouraged to create an art piece inspired by the theme, “Florida is the Place for Space: Celebrating Florida’s Contributions to Space Travel and Exploration.” Students in grades K-5 were invited to participate in the art contest. The Department of State’s Division of Arts and Culture reviewed all artwork received and selected the top 60 entries. The Lieutenant Governor then selected the top ten and two grand prize winners.

Lieutenant Governor Nuñez went on to say, “I want to thank all of our K-5 students who participated in this contest. The response was fantastic, with over 2,500 students submitting an original work of art. The passion for space travel is alive and well in our creative Florida students.”

Katherine Robidoux, a second-grade student at Westside Elementary School in Brevard County, and Moana Jean, a fifth-grade student at Odyssey Preparatory Academy in Brevard County were among the ten finalists chosen in the contest.

Congratulations to Katherine and Moana on this accomplishment!

Space Coast League of Cities Accepting Scholarship Applications

The Space Coast League of Cities announced they will be offering a scholarship to selected Brevard County residents who are enrolled in a college or university. Brevard students may apply for the scholarship, which awards up to $2,500. The requirements for the scholarship is that a student must be majoring in Public Administration, Public Planning, Human Resources, Accounting, Finance, Urban Planning, Environmental Engineering or Leisure Services.

Students working toward completion of the Florida City and County Management Program (CFLGE) certificate offered through Florida State University may also apply. The Application window will be open until June 10, 2022.

Click here to view the application. 

Upcoming Events

Space Coast Transportation Planning Commission to Host Open House

The Space Coast Transportation Planning Commission (TPO) will host their annual open house event on June 7th, from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM at the Space Coast Association of Realtors. This event will give residents an opportunity to share their thoughts on the transportation projects outlined in the proposed 2023-2027 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and hear from staff on trending topics impacting the planning process.

These topics will include: 

  • Growth + Economic Development
  • Trails, complete streets, multimodal options
  • Safety improvements
  • Linking Transportation Choices to Land Use
  • Connected + Intelligent Transportation

The Space Coast TPO YouTube channel will stream the event live for those who cannot attend in-person. The participation link is sent upon registration. Click here to register.

If attending in person and you wish to make a public comment, you may fill out a speaker card upon arrival. If viewing online and you wish to make a public comment regarding the Open House or DRAFT 2023-2027 Transportation Improvement Program, attendees may submit comments ahead of time to, which will be read aloud during the public comment portion of the program. Public comments are limited to three (3) minutes.

For more information about the Space Coast TPO, click here.

EFSC to Host Summit of Seven Boys and Men Conference

Eastern Florida State College will host the upcoming Summit of Seven Boys and Men Conference at EFSC’s Melbourne campus. The 28th Annual event will start with a Friday festival on June 10th at 6:00 p.m. On Saturday, June 11th from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., a breakfast, luncheon, and a variety of free workshops will take place.

The summit is the largest gathering of its kind in Brevard County and one of the largest in Central Florida, with motivational speakers and workshops on subjects such as financial literacy, education, entrepreneurship, mental health, and public safety.

Dozens of corporate and community groups will be involved in the event. The summit is open to the public and will feature games, food, door prizes, and campus tours. The Saturday luncheon will feature former NFL player James Folston as the speaker. Youth will also be given awards for community service and receive EFSC scholarships during this event.

Click here to register.

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