State Senator Debbie Mayfield – Mayfield Minute 06/12/2022

Good Morning!

On Friday, I had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion on the immediate and future needs of Florida’s aerospace workforce. Participants heard from educators and stakeholders who teach and recruit our aerospace workforce on the Space Coast and its neighboring areas.

The Space Coast is the premier location for aerospace development in Florida. Participants collaborated on ways to attract and retain more professional and technical employees to meet the urgent demand of the industry.

Attendees of the event included:

  • Henry Mack, Senior Chancellor, Department of Education 
  • Adam Callaway, Deputy Secretary, Department of Economic Opportunity
  • Kevin ‘Farrell, Chancellor Workforce Ed, Department of Education
  • Kathy Hebda, Chancellor Florida Colleges, Department of Education
  • Michael Ferro, Executive Office of the Governor
  • Jim Richey, President, Eastern Florida State College
  • Dr. Mark Mullins, Superintendent of Brevard Public Schools
  • Tom LoBasso, President, Daytona State College
  • Angela Browning, Vice President, Indian River State College
  • Kevin Cooper, Vice President, Indian River State College
  • Lynda Weatherman, CEO, Space Coast Economic Development Commission
  • Thomas LaFlore, Vice President, CareerSource Brevard
  • Kevin Carr, President, FloridaMakes
  • Destin Wells, Vice President, Enterprise Florida
  • Matt Chesnutt, Vice President, Space Florida
  • Chris Angel, Business Operations, Astra
  • Emmanuel Tormes, Senior Manager, Boeing
  • Joe Pellegrino, Senior Manager, Lockheed Martin
  • Ed Mussler, Community Relations, Northrop Grumman
  • Scott Lweit, Structural Composites
  • Lindsay, Pierce, Manager Government Relations, Space Florida
  • John Timmerman, General Counsel, Airbus US
  • John Curry, Craig Technologies

Thank you to everyone who took the time out of their schedules to participate. I would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Jim Richey, President of Eastern Florida State College, for hosting the event.

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Legislative Update

Governor Ron DeSantis Signs HB 1421, Improving School Safety in Florida

On Tuesday, Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 1421, which aims to improve the safety of schools in Florida. Building on legislation from past sessions, HB 1421 implements the additional recommendations of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission to make schools safer and improve youth mental health in Florida.

Some of the implemented recommendations include:

  • Extending the sunset of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission through 2026
  • Authorizing the Commissioner of Education to enforce, rather than just oversee, school safety and security compliance
  • Authorizing safe school officers to make arrests on charter school property
  • Requiring all safe school officers to complete crisis intervention and training to improve knowledge and skills for response and de-escalate incidents on school premises
  • Requiring law enforcement officers to be present and involved in active assailant emergency drills
  • Requiring school boards to adopt family reunification plans in the event of an evacuation
  • Requiring that school districts must annually certify that at least 80 percent of school personnel have received mandatory youth mental health awareness training

In the 2022-2023 state budget , Governor DeSantis approved a record $140 million for mental health and $210 million for school safety. This funding includes grants for school hardening and youth mental health awareness and assistance training.


Governor DeSantis went on to say, “Every child needs a safe and secure learning environment. By signing HB 1421, we continue to build on the many steps we have taken since 2019 to implement the recommendations of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission, while also making record investments in mental health and school safety.”

For more information on this initiative, click here.

In Addition, Governor DeSantis Also Signed the Following Legislation:
  • SB 0914: Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
  • SB 0962: Residential Development Projects for Affordable Housing
  • SB 1038: Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Council
  • SB 1680: Financial Institutions
  • HB 0399: Motor Vehicle and Vessel Law Enforcement
  • HB 7029: Time Limitations for Preadjudicatory Juvenile Detention Care
  • SB 1000: Nutrient Application Rates
  • HB 0905: Protective Injunctions
  • SB 1380: Real Property Rights
  • SB 7024: OGSR/Alleged Victim or Victim of Sexual Harassment
  • SB 2510: Florida Gaming Control Commission

Statewide Update

The Florida Senate Page Program Now Accepting Applications


The Florida Senate is now accepting applications for the 2023 Legislative Session. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2022.


The Florida Senate Page Program offers students the opportunity to participate in the legislative process through a hands-on approach. Pages will role-play as Senators, develop ideas for new laws, draft legislation, and file bills. The week culminates with a mock session in the Senate Chamber, in which bills are introduced, debated, and voted on by the Senate Pages.


Additionally, Senate Pages will assist members of the Florida Senate by distributing legislative materials and correspondence in the Senate Chamber while observing the Senators as they discuss and debate legislation. Pages may also lead the Pledge of Allegiance during session, enjoy guest speakers, and participate in educational tours and activities. Participants must be 15 or older to be in the program.


For more information about the program, click here

Florida Surpasses Four-Year Goal for Everglades Restoration and the Protection of Water Resources

On Wednesday, Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted more than $1.2 billion for Everglades restoration and the protection of Florida’s water resources in the Freedom First Budget. Florida has now surpassed Governor DeSantis’ four-year goal with a total investment of more than $3.3 billion for Everglades restoration and the protection of water resources since 2019.

Governor DeSantis went on to say “Protecting Florida’s natural resources has been a top priority since my first day in office. The health of the Everglades, Florida’s springs, and so many other resources are the foundation of our communities and economy and play an important role in the everyday lives of Floridians. I am committed to leaving our natural resources better than we found them so that future generations can experience what brings people from around the world to our state.”

For more information, click here.


Constituent of the Week

Our constituent of the week is Indian River County citrus expert and valued community member, Dan Richey. Mr. Richey is the President and CEO of Riverfront Packing Company in Vero Beach. He has served in many different capacities in the citrus and agricultural industry including Chairman of the Florida Citrus Commission, President of the Indian River Citrus League, board member of the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association and is currently serving as an appointed advisor to the U.S Trade Representative and U.S Secretary of Agriculture regarding international trade issues.

Mr. Richey has also served our community in multiple ways including Chairman of the Indian River County Planning and Zoning Commission, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Edwards School and President of the 100 Club of Indian River County. In Addition, Mr. Richey currently serves on the Board of Directors of Marine Bank and Trust. He previously served on the board of directors at Center State Bank, Indian River National Bank and Gulfstream Business Bank.

Mr. Richey attended Florida Southern College on a baseball scholarship where he met his wife, Audrey, daughter of Victor Knight, a longtime Indian River citrus grower and packer. Mr. and Mrs. Richey have three grown children and 8 grandchildren.

Thank you, Mr. Richey, for the time and dedication you have committed to the citrus industry in Florida. District 17 and this great state applauds your service. 

District Highlights

23 Brevard Students Receive Appointments to Military Academies and ROTC Scholarships

This week, the Military Officers Association of America (Cape Canaveral Chapter) honored 23 Brevard County students who received an appointment to a military academy or an ROTC scholarship at a college or university. Following these student’s graduation from college, they have committed to serve our country in the various armed forces of the United States.

The students honored were:

  • Paige Sladecek, Bayside High – U.S. Naval Academy Prepatory
  • Karla DeLeon, Cocoa High – Marion Military Institute
  • Sebastian Widick, Cocoa Beach High – U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Haley Neal, Eau Gallie High – University of South Florida
  • Ramsey Grace Barrows, Home School – U.S. Military Academy
  • Larry Edgecombe, Holy Trinity Episcopal – U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Patrick Faherty, Melbourne High – U.S. Military Academy
  • Leah Bishop, Merritt Island High – UCLA
  • Kylie McGuire, Merritt Island High – Auburn University
  • Peyton Caskey, Merritt Island High – Embry-Riddle University
  • Allison Deptula, Merritt Island High – Jacksonville University
  • Bridger Koby, Merritt Island High – Florida Atlantic Univ
  • Bruno Goodwin, Merritt Island High – University of North Florida
  • Blair Watson, Merritt Island High – Florida Tech
  • Marlee Smith, Satellite High – U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Leigh-Anne Duran, Satellite High – U.S. Naval Academy
  • Savannah Ogeltree, Space Coast High – University of Florida
  • Robert Naberhaus, Viera High – U.S. Naval Academy
  • Luke Carter, Viera High – University of Kentucky
  • Jaydin Gentile, Viera High – Converse University
  • Jeremy Kruel, Viera High – Marion Military Institute
  • Jah-ire Urtarte, Viera High – Florida Tech
  • Brooklyn Stellato, West Shore High – Florida Tech

Congratulations on your accomplishments!

Stan Mayfield Working Waterfront Project

Last Wednesday, I had the opportunity to tour and receive an update on the Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Project in Sebastian. The Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts grant program was created in 2008 by the Florida Legislature. The program acknowledges the importance of the commercial fishing industry in Florida. The project receives 2.5% of the total Florida Forever appropriation. Florida Forever is Florida’s premier conservation and recreation lands acquisition program to conserve the state’s natural and cultural heritage. The Florida Forever Program has expended $2.85 billion to acquire land since it’s inception.


The purpose of the grant funds is to preserve Florida’s rich commercial fishing history and provides access for the public to observe this important industry of our state. Grant funds from the program are directly used for the purposes of the commercial harvest of marine life or saltwater products by state-licensed commercial fishermen, aquaculturists, or other facilities to provide waterfront access.

Thank you to Vice Mayor Fred Jones, City Manager Paul Carlisle, and Lisa Frazier with the City of Sebastian as well as the other attendees who took the time to come out to view the project.

For more information on this project, click here.

Upcoming Events

City of Palm Bay Offering Free Ranger-Led Tours of the Turtle Creek Sanctuary 

Every first and third Sunday of the month (excluding holidays; weather permitting) from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., the City of Palm Bay is offering a free Ranger-Led Tour of the Turkey Creek Sanctuary.

All participants should meet at the sanctuary Nature Center no later than 10:00 am. Tours will take place on the boardwalk and various trails located throughout the sanctuary. Each tour will be led by a Park Ranger and will focus on common plants and animals found in the sanctuary.

Total distance for tours is approximately 1 to 1.5 miles and should take about 1 hour to complete. The terrain is mostly sandy on primitive trails with a few wet spots, so participants are asked to dress accordingly and be prepared for a hike of light to moderate intensity. Sturdy tennis shoes or boots are recommended. Items to bring include sunscreen, insect repellent, plenty of water, snacks, binoculars, and a hat. Field guides of Florida plants and animals are encouraged.

This event is free for all ages. For more information and to sign up, call the Palm Bay Nature Center at (321) 676-6690.

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