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State Senator Debbie Mayfield – Mayfield Minute 07/31/2022

Good Morning!

The Back to School Sales Tax Holiday will be in effect until August 7th. This includes back to school supplies and clothes as well as many other necessities.

Tax free items include:

  • School supplies and learning aides costing $50 and less.
  • All clothing, backpacks and footwear costing $100 and less.
  • Computers, computer accessories, and software costing $1,500 or less.

Tax exemption for growing Florida families, however, will keep certain items tax exempt for a longer period of time, and some necessities will be exempt until Summer of 2023. The following items will be tax exempt:

  • Diapers: July 1, 2022 until July 1, 2023.
  • Children’s clothing and shoes: July 1, 2022 until July 1, 2023.
  • Children’s books: May 14th until August 14th.

For more information on the Tax Exemption Holiday, please click here.

I consider it a great honor to represent District 17. Please share this link with your friends and family so they too, can sign up for the Mayfield Minute.

If you or someone you know needs my assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office. My staff and I are here to serve you.

Statewide Update

Absentee Ballots in Florida

Policy for Vote by Mail, or Absentee Ballots, have changed this election cycle. Requests for vote-by-mail ballots must be received in your local Supervisor of Elections office no later than 5:00 pm on the 10th day before an election. The Primary election for the state of Florida will be held on August 23rd, 2022. The General election will be on November 8th, 2022.

Contact your local Supervisor of Elections to request a vote-by-mail ballot. You may request a vote-by-mail ballot in person, by mail, email, fax or by phone. Only the voter or a designated member of his or her immediate family or legal guardian can request a vote-by-mail ballot for the voter. Immediate family means the designee’s spouse, parent, child, grandparent or sibling of the designee or of the designee’s spouse.

As a voter requesting a vote-by-mail ballot you must provide your:

  • name
  • address
  • date of birth
  • Driver’s License
  • signature (written requests only)

For more information on absentee ballots, click here.

Governor Ron DeSantis Makes 50 Judicial Nominating Commission Appointments

On July 20th Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointments and reappointments to Florida’s Judicial Nominating Commissions. The following members of District 17 have been chosen to represent Florida’s Judicial Circuit.

  • 4th Judicial Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission: Casey Walker, of Vero Beach, is a Member at Murphy & Walker, P.L. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his law degree from the University of Florida. Walker is appointed from a list of nominees recommended by the Florida Bar for a term ending July 1, 2026.
  • 18th Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission: R. Scott Robinson, of Melbourne, is a Shareholder at Eisenmenger, Robinson, Blaue & Peters, P.A. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida. Robinson is reappointed from a list of nominees recommended by the Florida Bar for a term ending July 1, 2026.

Congratulations to all those appointed to Florida’s Judicial Circuits.

Governor DeSantis Announces Initiatives to Protect Floridians from ESG Financial Fraud

On July 27th, Governor DeSantis announced an initiative to protect Floridians from environmental, social, and corporate (ESG) movements that threaten the American economic system.

Governor DeSantis said, “The leveraging of corporate power to impose an ideological agenda on society represents an alarming trend. From Wall Street banks to massive asset managers and big tech companies, we have seen the corporate elite use their economic power to impose policies on the country that they could not achieve at the ballot box. Through the actions I announced today, we are protecting Floridians from woke capital and asserting the authority of our constitutional system over ideological corporate power.” 

Governor DeSantis’ proposed legislation for the 2023 Legislative Session will:

  • Prohibit big banks, credit card companies and money transmitters from discriminating against customers for their religious, political, or social beliefs.
  • Prohibit State Board of Administration (SBA) fund managers from considering ESG factors when investing the state’s money.
  • Require SBA fund managers to only consider maximizing the return on investment on behalf of Florida’s retirees.

The proposed initiatives will amend Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices to also prohibit discriminatory practices by large corporations based on the ESG social credit score metrics. An ESG score is created by companies to meet ESG standards and include factors such as religious and political affiliation, industry engagement and other ESG benchmarks. The new policy will render these violations to be considered unfair trade practices and will be punishable by law.

For more information on ESG, click here.

Constituent of the Week

Our Constituent of the week is Zachary Biddulph. Though he spent four years sailing around the world with his parents on their catamaran, Sea Quest, Zachary Biddulph, 31, was born and raised in Brevard County. Mr. Biddulph graduated from Satellite High School in 2010, and participated in Project SEARCH, which prepares young people with disabilities for success in competitive integrated employment.

(Zachary featured second from left)

Mr. Biddulph is a resident and volunteer at Promise of Brevard, a community for those with special needs. At Promise, Mr. Biddulph is an inspiration for those around him. Mr. Biddulph is a Special Olympics Bowling athlete. He is a motivated competitor for the annual Health First Mayor’s Fitness Challenge and was on the winning team for the internal challenge at Promise last year. He was also selected to represent Promise in Brevard for the Dancing for the Space Coast, as a part of the 8th Annual Brevard County Fundraiser supporting local charities. The event was held on June 4th, 2022.

Mr. Biddulph also leads a philanthropic life, from volunteering in the kitchens to writing donors of Promise to thank them for their contributions. He has also worked at Imperial Salon and Spa for the last nine years.

District 17 thanks Mr. Biddulph sincerely for his dedication to giving back to the community and for inspiring those around him. To learn more about Promise in Brevard, click here.

District Highlights

Brevard County Appoints Attorney 

On July 19th, Brevard County Commissioners announced that West Melbourne City Attorney Morris Richardson would succeed Abigail Jorandby, and represent their legal interests beginning September 5th.

Mr. Richardson said, “I am grateful for this opportunity. I am excited to, once again, serve this board and the people of Brevard County.”

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Richardson was the assistant county attorney for a little over 10 years, having taken the job in August, 2015.

We wish Mr. Richardson well in his new position in Brevard County.

Indian River State College to Receive $15,000 Grant for Arts Projects Award

On July 11th, The Indian River State College (IRSC) was approved for a $15,000 Grants for Arts Projects award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Grants for Arts Projects Award is the first grant that IRSC has received from the National; Endowment for the Arts. The grant will support the school in an updated, translated version of Sor Juan Ines de la Cruz’s play “Amor es mas Laberinto” stage production. The College plans to make the translation available so that other universities can use it to study and produce versions of this important piece themselves.

The National Endowment for the Arts Chair, Maria Rosario Jackson said, “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts and cultural organizations throughout the nation with these grants, including Indian River State College, providing opportunities for all of us to live artful lives. The arts contribute to our individual well-being, the well-being of our communities, and to our local economies. The arts are also crucial to helping us make sense of our circumstances from different perspectives as we emerge from the pandemic and plan for a shared new normal informed by our examined experience.”

For more information on other projects included in the Arts Endowment Grant announcement, click here.

Free Health Clinic Opened for the Uninsured

A free health clinic has opened at Operation Hope in Indian River County for people ages 18 to 64 who are uninsured.

The Fellsmere Volunteer Medical Clinic, run by Dr. Fredy Delacruz, is open to seeing those who are uninsured on a half a day schedule, two days during the week.

The clinic is a part of Operation Hope, founded by Jesse Zermeno, who has been working to provide medical services, food and school supplies through his foundation. Through teaming up with Dr. Delacruz, the small clinic was opened at Operation Hope in order to provide medical care to those who might not otherwise be able to receive it.

The clinic is run entirely by volunteer physicians and nurses who donate their time each week.

The Fellsmere Volunteer Medical Clinic is open Monday from 9:00am until 12:00pm, and Wednesday from 1:00pm until 4:00pm at Operation Hope, 12285 Fellsmere Road, Fellsmere FL.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call: 772- 571- 6250

Port Canaveral Junior Ambassador Program 

Applications are now open for the Port Canaveral Junior Post Ambassadors program. The 2022-2023 year is open to all sophomore and junior high school students in Brevard County. There are no GPA or essay requirements to apply.

The Canaveral Port Authority Junior Ambassador Program enables students from public high schools and private high schools within Brevard County to explore career opportunities at the Port. The program also seeks to provide workforce development to Port partners and community outreach.

During the school year, students meet with Port leaders in such areas as cruise, cargo, military, environment, hospitality, commercial space flight and construction. The students’ final project will be a presentation that features what they’ve learned. Junior Ambassadors will share their presentations with the Commission and with students at their respective schools.

For more information, or to apply to the Port Canaveral Junior Ambassador Program, click here.

Agency Highlight

St. John’s River Management District’s Governing Board

The St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) is an environmental regulatory agency of the state of Florida whose work is focused on ensuring a long-term supply of drinking water, and to protect and restore the health of water bodies in the district’s 18 counties in northeast and east-central Florida. While the district works closely with utilities on water supply issues, the district is not a water supplier.

District officials recognize the need to have water resources available for people’s needs and to balance those needs with nature’s needs. Due to that recognition, the SJRWMD and the legislation have been able to secure the following funds in order to assist in conservation efforts:

Legislative Support Highlight (2022-2023 State Budget)

$2,250,000 – Annual allocation to St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) to assist its land management activities and land acquisition/conservation efforts. This is in addition to the historic levels of environmental funding I have championed and helped secure during my time in the Florida Senate.

Brevard County Grand Canal Muck Removal Project – Phase IV

Estimated Construction Cost – $1,287,110

SJRWMD contribution – $321,777

This project consists of the fourth phase of muck dredging, dewatering, and upland disposal of over 26,000 cubic yards of muck in 14 acres in the northern finger canals in Grand Canal. The estimated nutrient load reduction water quality benefit to the Banana River is 4,763 lbs/yr Total Nitrogen and 293 lbs/yr Total Phosphorus

Brevard County Pioneer Road Denitrification

Estimated Construction Cost – $220,000

SJRWMD Contribution – $55,000

This project consists of installing a fiberglass continuous skimmer to capture the floating vegetation entering the ditch that flows to the Banana River (Sykes Creek/ Barge Canal). The estimated nutrient load reduction water quality benefit to the Banana River is 382 lbs/yr Total Nitrogen and 49 lbs/yr Total Phosphorus.

Brevard County Flamingo Drive Denitrification

Estimated Construction Cost – $218,929

SJRWMD Contribution – $54,732

This project includes the installation of an underground stormwater treatment chamber fitted with biosorption activated media. The estimated nutrient load reduction water quality benefit is 151 lbs/yr Total Nitrogen and 31 lbs/yr Total Phosphorus.

For more information on the St. Johns River Water Management District, click here..

Upcoming Events

Studios of Cocoa Beach Art Gallery Reopening

The studios of Cocoa Beach Art Gallery is hosting a Grand Reopening Celebration from 6:00pm to 9:00pm on August 5th at their new address, 159 Minuteman Causeway, Cocoa Beach. The event will include refreshments, and the opportunity to meet the local artists, as well as live music by Dave “Honey” Miller and others.

The Studios of Cocoa Beach was founded in 2016, and is a non-profit gallery with a mission to inspire, educate and enrich the community through art. The gallery showcases local artists, and hosts art classes for artists of all skill levels.

For more information on the Studios of Cocoa Beach Art Gallery, click here.

First Friday Art Gallery Stroll

The First Friday Art Gallery Stroll is held the first Friday of every month, and will be held August 4th, from 5:00pm until 8:00pm at the Historic Downtown Arts Village, Vero Beach, FL.

Enjoy the galleries, shops and restaurants as you stroll along 14th Avenue and through the Arts District.

Established in 1916, and originally home to the city’s first public school, Main Street Vero Beach is dedicated to enhancing the city by supporting historic preservation efforts, highlighting local art, and helping businesses to flourish.

For more information about the Historic Downtown Arts Village, click here.

NASA aiming for August launch of Giant Moon Rocket

NASA has announced that the new, giant moon rocket could launch as soon as August 29th. The flight will be a three month lunar test flight with three mannequins rather than live astronauts. The flight will mark the beginning of NASA’s Artemis Program. The 30 story Space Launch System rocket is currently docked at the Kennedy Space Center undergoing maintenance in preparation for the launch. 

Pending the launch’s success, astronauts could return to the moon and land there in 2025. The last moon exploration was done in 1972, with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin being the first of mankind to walk on the planet’s surface. June 20th, 2022 marked the 53rd anniversary of Apollo 11’s successful voyage.

For more information on Nasa’s Artemis Program, click here.

State of the Schools

On August 2nd, Sr. Mark Mullins, Superintendent for Brevard Schools, the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce and Sheriff Ivy are coming together and leading the State of the Schools program in order to discuss safety measures and the success of our students. The event will be held at Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School, 1500 Minuteman Causeway.

You may choose to partake in the luncheon and program for $20 or attend the program only for $5. Lunch begins at 11:00am and registration is required.

To purchase tickets, click here.

Staff Highlight

New Staff- Ariana Aubuchon

I am happy to announce the addition of a new staff member to my team, Ariana Aubuchon. Ariana is a Boston, MA native who graduated from Northeastern University before attending Suffolk University’s State and Local Government Policy Master’s Program.

Prior to joining our team, Ariana worked in the Minority Leadership Office in the Massachusetts State Senate.

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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

Staff:

Kelli Lane

Yvette Campbell

Ariana Aubuchon

Joshua McWilliams

US Senator Rick Scott’s Week in Review 07/29/2022

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This week, Senator Rick Scott released the following statement following news that the United States Gross Domestic Product (GDP) had declined for the second consecutive quarter, meaning that President Joe Biden and Washington Democrats have officially led the U.S. economy into a recession. While Senator Scott has spent his time in Washington fighting against reckless spending, Democrats responded to news of higher inflation and further economic decline by announcing a new, partisan reckless tax-and-spending spree that raises taxes by nearly $740 BILLION and contains more than $430 BILLION in new, inflation-fueling spending. 

Senator Rick Scott said, “Joe Biden has officially plunged America into a recession, and how do Democrats in Congress respond? With MASSIVE SPENDING and even more RECKLESS SPENDING. It’s insane and what’s worse is that we got to this point with bipartisan bad decisions. Yesterday’s announcement by Joe Manchin and Chuck Schumer showed again that too many Senate Republicans unfortunately trusted Democrats and got duped. Some are pretending to be shocked. It’s not shocking at all. Democrats have never met a tax increase they didn’t like and Joe Manchin is a Democrat. Of course Manchin is going along with Schumer, Biden and Pelosi to push MASSIVE tax increases on Americans as we face 9.1% inflation, debt over $30 TRILLION and enter a RECESSION. This is yet another failure by too many politicians in Washington to stand up against reckless spending and fight for real accountability for American families. Democrats are destroying this country, and Republicans CANNOT continue to endorse their reckless, inflation-fueling spending.

“Now, Democrats will do two things: they’ll say that the U.S. isn’t in a recession and that their new, partisan tax-and-spending spree will reduce inflation. IT’S ALL LIES. Joe Biden’s Recession has begun and more spending will NEVER equal less inflation. It’s time for Republicans and Democrats in Washington to wake up and stop endorsing reckless, inflation-fueling spending that is crushing American families.” Read more HERE.

See more of what Senator Scott has been up to this week below.

Sen. Rick Scott Secures Big Wins for Florida’s Environment & Businesses in Major Water Project Bill

Senator Rick Scott released the following statement following his vote to pass the Water Resources Development Act of 2022 (WRDA). The biannual WRDA sets the nationwide strategy and funding for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civilian projects.

Senator Rick Scott said, “The Water Resources Development Act is the product of years of fighting, both as Florida’s Governor and U.S. Senator, to ensure our state is treated fairly. As this bill moved through the Senate, Senator Marco Rubio and I fought hard to make sure that this bill finally delivered full funding for Florida from the federal government for both critical infrastructure developments, like dredging at Port Everglades, and environmental projects, like beach re-nourishment and Everglades restoration, that will protect Florida’s environment for generations to come. The 2022 WRDA secures big wins for Florida’s environment and businesses, and today I was proud to support its passage in the U.S. Senate.”

Senator Scott secured several measures in the 2022 WRDA, including:

  • Authorization for full funding of $920 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete a dredging project which deepens and widens the harbor at Port Everglades. This will allow Port Everglades to more easily and safely accept newer and larger cargo ships;
  • Additional flexibility in Florida’s cost share agreement with the U.S. Army Corps for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project (CERP) to ensure the federal government is paying its fair share; and
  • Full reauthorization for ALL Florida beach re-nourishment project. Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott at AFPI Policy Summit: Unleash American Energy

Senator Rick Scott was a featured speaker at the America First Policy Institute Policy Summit’s panel regarding American energy independence. The panel, hosted by former Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, also featured Congressmen August Pfluger and Richard Hudson. Senator Scott continues to fight to unleash American energy and end Joe Biden’s Green New Deal policies and campaign against energy independence that are having a devastating impact on Florida families. Senator Scott’s recent action in the Senate includes his FREE American Energy Act and GAS PRICE Act. Read more HERE.

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Sen. Rick Scott: With Inflation Raging & Debt Growing, the Senate Cannot Pass $280 Billion, Pro-China CHIPS Act

Senator Rick Scott spoke on the Senate floor and filed a budget point of order against the CHIPS Act, a pro-China bill with a $280 BILLION price tag. Senator Scott also filed an amendment to the CHIPS Act to place safeguards around the funds to ensure that no American tax dollars flow to Communist China, but Senate Democrats led by Senator Chuck Schumer, are refusing to amend or improve the bill. In his speech, Senator Scott spoke about his amendment and encouraged his colleagues to vote against the bill which will raise the deficit and cause inflation levels to rise even higher.

Read more HERE or watch Senator Scott’s speech below.

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Sen. Rick Scott Sends Open Letter to U.S. House: Reject the CHIPS and Science Act

After the U.S. Senate passed the $280 billion CHIPS and Science Act, Senator Rick Scott released the following open letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives urging them to reject the massive, pro-China package. Senator Scott’s letter comes just minutes after Senate Democrats, led by Senator Joe Manchin, announced a deal on a new, partisan reckless tax-and-spending spree that raises taxes by nearly $740 BILLION and contains more than $430 BILLION in new spending. Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Joins Sen. Tommy Tuberville and Colleagues to Call for Investigation into Stock Trading Platforms with Ties to Communist China

Senator Rick Scott joined Senators Tommy Tuberville, Ted Cruz, Mike Braun and Roger Marshall in calling for an investigation into two commonly used stock trading platforms with ties to the Chinese Communist Party, Webull Financial, LLC and Moomoo, Inc. In their letter to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Gary Gensler, the Senators highlight concerns over these firms’ data sharing practices and ties to the Chinese Communist Party – both of which could put U.S. investors at risk. Read more from Senator Tuberville’s office HERE.

Sens. Rick Scott, Marsha Blackburn and Colleagues Introduce Legislation Authorizing Defense Lend-Lease With Taiwan

Senator Rick Scott, Senator Marsha Blackburn and Representative Michelle Steel introduced the Taiwan Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act. This legislation will support the United States’ partnership with Taiwan by authorizing a defense lend or lease program with the Government of Taiwan.

Senator Rick Scott said, “It is in the best interest of America’s national security to arm Taiwan and ensure it has the capacity to defend itself. The Taiwanese government is one of our most important partners in the Indo-Pacific, a shining example of democracy next door to Xi’s tyranny, and a supporter of its like-minded neighbors in the face of threats from the Chinese Communist Party. I’m proud to join my colleagues on this good bill to strengthen Taiwanese forces and again show that we refuse to bow to Xi Jinping’s hostile threats.”

Sen. Rick Scott Issues Weekly Update on Biden’s Inflation Crisis

Senator Rick Scott released a weekly update on his actions to address America’s debt crisis and rising inflation following the announcement that the Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) price index increased 6.8% over the year under Joe Biden’s failed leadership, which is the highest PCE reading since January 1982. Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott in the Wall Street Journal: Resist the Chips Act, or at least make it tougher on China

As the Senate prepared to vote on the CHIPS Act, Senator Rick Scott wrote a letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal outlining his fight against this $280 BILLION, pro-China spending spree that gives the Biden administration a wide open door to continue its reckless socialist policies.

In his letter, Senator Rick Scott wrote, “The new CHIPS Act is nothing but a reckless spending spree. That’s why I’ve been fighting it for over a year. If higher inflation from even more spending isn’t enough to make my Senate colleagues pause, consider the consequences of the bill’s weakness on China. At a minimum, the Senate should pass my amendment fixing it.”

Read the full letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott in the South Florida Sun Sentinel: Biden’s failed appeasement in Latin America is insanity

Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed for the South Florida Sun Sentinel highlighting the Biden administration’s complete abandonment of Latin America and those fighting for their freedoms under brutal regimes in countries like Cuba and Venezuela. This letter follows President Joe Biden ignoring Senator Rick Scott’s request to invite Juan Guaidó, the democratically-elected President of Venezuela, to attend the Summit of Americas and show the United States’ unwavering support for freedom and democracy across the Western Hemisphere on the world stage.

In his op-edSenator Rick Scott wrote, “In March, I wrote in these pages that President Joe Biden had completely abandoned Latin America.

Joe Biden claims to promote human rights, freedom and democracy in Latin America, but his failure to invite the legitimate President of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, to the Summit showed that Biden’s claims are hollow.

...the Biden administration has doubled down on its failed appeasement policies toward the illegitimate regimes in Cuba and Venezuela even as these brutal dictatorships viciously oppress their people.

Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results has exposed Joe Biden and his policies for who and what they truly are: insane.

The Summit of the Americas was Biden’s perfect opportunity to firmly stand with our democratic allies…

In Cuba, more than a thousand democracy activists, some as young as 14 years old, have been unjustly imprisoned for nearly a year. Activists like José Daniel Ferrer are being physically and psychologically tortured. Their families are being denied visits.

In Venezuela, thousands face starvation — the results of Maduro’s failed socialist policies. Sadly, but predictably, the summit came and went without even an attempt from the administration to denounce these regimes.

Biden’s failed summit is the perfect encapsulation of his administration’s terrible approach to foreign policy.

As the leader of the free world, the U.S. president must promote democracy everywhere. It’s a role in which Biden and his administration have failed horrifically.

It’s time for Joe Biden to stand against the thugs who are oppressing the people of Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba.”

Read the full op-ed in the South Florida Sun Sentinel HERE.

Fox News: Rick Scott targets Joe Manchin over ‘reckless spending’ bill, says Biden sent ‘America into a recession’

Fox News: Rick Scott torches Biden admin for redefining ‘recession’: ‘This is a do-nothing president’

Real Clear Politics: Rick Scott Trolls Biden With Giant Printout Of ‘Recession’ Definition 

Breitbart: Exclusive — Sen. Rick Scott Urges Pelosi to Go to Taiwan: Important that ‘Biden Gets a Backbone’

Real Clear Politics: Sen. Rick Scott: Biden Is A “Do-Nothing President” Who Would Rather Redefine “Recession” Than Respond To It

The Center Square: Opponents of CHIPS Act say it could subsidize construction of semiconductors in China, not America

Florida Daily: Florida’s Senators Champion the Countering Communist China’s Financing of Russia’s War on Ukraine Act

Alberto Rod News: Senador Rick Scott en el South Florida Sun Sentinel: El apaciguamiento fallido de Biden en América Latina es descabellado
 

Sen. Rick Scott on WFLA News Channel 8: Biden’s Inflation Crisis is Hurting Florida Families

Senator Rick Scott hosted a roundtable in Tampa with community and business leaders about the negative impacts of America’s raging inflation and supply chain crises on small businesses across Florida. In an interview with WFLA following this event, Senator Scott highlighted the importance of stopping Washington’s reckless tax-and-spend spree which is fueling the record-breaking inflation crisis hurting families across Florida. This year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Tampa Bay area has consistently ranked among areas with the highest levels of inflation nationwide. Watch the full interview HERE or below..

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Senator Rick Scott’s Office Holds Mobile Office Hours

This week, Senator Scott’s office hosted mobile office hours in Port Charlotte, Macclenny, Clearwater, Milton, Miami, Boynton Beach, and DeBary to help with issues related to federal agencies.

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State Senator Debbie Mayfield – Mayfield Minute 07/24/2022

Happy National Parents Day!

National Parent’s Day was established in 1994 when Congress unanimously passed “The Parent’s Day Resolution” and marked the fourth Sunday of July in commemoration. On this day each year we honor the roles that parents play in raising their children. From the very beginning parents play one of the most important roles in their child’s life. We are their teacher, guardian, provider, protector, nurse and role model. Our children are our future and it is through loving and supporting them that we are prepare them for the future.

“Loving a child doesn’t mean giving in to all his whims; to love him is to bring out the best in him, to teach him to love what is difficult.” -Nadia Boulanger

I consider it a great honor to represent District 17. Please share this link with your friends and family so they too, can sign up for the Mayfield Minute.

 

If you or someone you know needs my assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office. My staff and I are here to serve you!

Constituent of the Week

Our constituent of the week is Courtney Barker, City Manager for the City of Satellite Beach. Mrs. Barker is a native of Satellite Beach and is a graduate of Satellite High School. She and her husband, Sam, are the proud parents of three children.

 Mrs. Barker earned her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Florida, and her Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University. Prior to her current role, she served as a Planner for both the Department of Community Affairs, and Division of Community Planning in Tallahassee. Mrs. Barker also held the titles of Neighborhood Planner with the City of New Smyrna Beach and the City of Jacksonville as well as Planning and Growth Management Director and Emergency Management Operations for the City of Titusville.

Mrs. Barker has been instrumental in her leadership roles and addressing issues such as affordable housing, neighborhood planning, transportation planning as well as environmental restoration and remediation across Florida. She is relentless in the pursuit of good planning and inspires those around her to bring creativity and up-to-date techniques to make the community better than she found it.

District 17 thanks Mrs. Barker sincerely for her dedication and time given to the City of Satellite Beach, as well as across the State of Florida. To learn more about the City of Satellite Beach, click here.

District Highlights

Eastern Florida State College Cosmetology Salon Offering Full Service

The students of the Eastern Florida State College Cosmetology graduate on August 4th. 

Cosmetology is a one-year technical trade program which consists of 1,200 hands-on hours. Courses in fundamental skills, theory, techniques, sales, public relations and salon management prepare students to take the State Board Licensure Examination. Students practice their skills prior to entering the profession by providing services to the public at the Eastern Florida State College Cosmetology Salon.

The salon is full service, offering hair, nails, skin and facial treatments.

The salon is located on the Cocoa Campus and open from 10:00am until 8:00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until August 3rd, appointments are highly recommended.

For more information on the salon, click here.

Brevard Schools Foundation and Supply Zone will Provide Two Thousand Backpacks to Students

Supply Zone for Teachers and Brevard Schools Foundation have partnered to provide backpacks, school supplies and other necessities for two thousand students who meet the criteria. The event will take place on July 30th at the Clearlake Education Center, located at 1225 Clearlake Road, Cocoa Fl. starting at 9:00am until 1:00pm. Students from Brevard County are invited to pick up pre-stuffed backpacks for the upcoming school year. Students will be served on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Students must be present to participate. Only students in attendance will receive supplies. No exceptions.
  • Students must be enrolled in Brevard Public Schools.
  • Students must be enrolled in the Free or Reduced Lunch Program.

The Supply Zone for Teachers is a nonprofit resource that provides school supplies for classrooms across Brevard County. Every year the Supply Zone partners with local businesses, organizations and churches to host the Back to School Blast Off which helps to provide low income families and children with the supplies they need to start the school year.

The Brevard Schools Foundation has hosted the Back to School Drive annually in addition to providing assistance to over seventy-five thousand students and five thousand teachers throughout the school year.

For more information on Brevard School’s Foundation, click here.

Surfboards for Community Art Project

Brevard’s Zoo Aquarium Project is asking the citizens of Brevard County to help fulfill a grand vision of building a world-class aquarium and conservation center. The boards will be used as canvases for artists to create work inspired by the aquarium project. The surfboards will be displayed throughout the Brevard Zoo from November 2022 until April 2023 to help raise awareness for the project.

The new aquarium and conservation campus will serve as a conservation hub that will help preserve the coastal ecosystem. It will also serve to help educate the public on marine life and the Indian River Lagoon.

Surfboards should be dropped off by August 1st.

To drop off a surfboard, please call Morgan Miller: 321-254-9453x 1007

Brightline Test Trains to Increase Speeds to 79MPH in Brevard County

Brightline’s construction team will continue critical work on its Orlando extension, increasing maximum speeds to 79 mph in Brevard County, to integrate a new second railroad track into the corridor. The work, known as a signal and track cutover, will affect the seven railroad crossings through Rockledge and Melbourne listed below. Trains will operate at speeds of up to 79 miles per hour to perform the necessary testing. Both drivers and pedestrians should be aware that once the second track is commissioned trains could continue to operate at higher speeds and rail traffic could run on ONE OR BOTH tracks in either direction at any time. Flaggers will be present at the affected crossings from 6 a.m., Sunday, July 24 through 6 p.m., Friday, July 29 while the new systems are commissioned, and work could result in additional wait times.

 

Brightline is reminding the public, pedestrians, motorists and cyclists to make safe choices around trains and crossings, obey all traffic laws around crossings, never stop on the tracks and don’t drive around crossing gates! Remain alert and aware when near railroad tracks and only cross the tracks at a railroad crossing. The safety message is simple: look, listen, live. 

Brightline Testing (79 MPH/ Flagging Operations/ Cutover Work):

Rockledge: Barnes Blvd. (SR 502), Carver St., Ansin Rd., Viera Blvd.

Melbourne: Suntree Blvd., Post Rd.

For more information about Brightline, click here.

 

Upcoming Events

BeachFly Ocean LegaSEA Festival

As a celebration to close out Shark Week, BeachFly is teaming up with local Florida ocean and river conservation groups to educate the public on the protection of our marine life. The BeachFly Brewing Company will host the Ocean LegaSEA Festival with proceeds going to each participating organization for the protection of our waterways. Music, food trucks, outdoor games and ocean-themed drinks will be available.

 

The organizations that will be providing educational presentations during the festival include:

  • Surfrider Foundation
  • Indian River Lagoon Coalition
  • The Aquarium Project
  • Sea Turtle Preservation Society
  • Atlantic Right Whale
  • Marine Resource Council
  • Keep Brevard Beautiful.

Come enjoy the festival and help bring awareness to a great cause.

The BeachFly Ocean LegaSEA Festival will take place at the Beachfly Brewing Company located at 513 Barton Blvd in Rockledge, from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

NVHS to Host Annual Homeless Veterans Dinner

The National Veterans Homeless Support (NVHS) is hosting their Sixth Annual Homeless Veterans Dinner at the Radisson Resort in Cape Canaveral on August 12th  from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

The National Veterans Homeless Support was founded in 2008 by the late George Taylor Sr. The organization’s mission is to reduce the number of homeless Veterans in Brevard County. In 2008 the population of homeless Veterans was one thousand eight hundred. Due to the work of NVHS countless homeless Veterans have been helped in Brevard County.

Each year Brevard’s Constitutional Officers host the annual dinner to raise awareness of NVHS efforts. All proceeds from the dinner go directly to assisting the organization in providing housing and resources to Brevard County’s Homeless Veterans.

For more information about the National Veterans Homeless Support, and to learn more about the 6th Annual Dinner, click here.

Palm Bay Police to Host “National Night Out” at Tomoka Church

The Palm Bay Police Department is bringing back the National Night Out, an annual community-building event to promote relationships between our police officers and our neighborhoods in an effort to make our communities safer. National Night Out showcases the importance of community building between sworn officers and civilians through citizen involvement.

Neighborhoods throughout Palm Bay and the neighboring communities are invited to join in a night of police demonstrations, including SWAT, K-9, and Underwater recovery. There will also be inflatable playgrounds, food trucks, music, and more for the whole family to enjoy!

The National Night Out is an event held annually across all Fifty States and brings together more than thirty-eight million people and sixteen thousand communities across the country.

The Palm Bay National Night Out will be held on August 2nd at the Tomoka Christian Church, 344 Emerson Drive, Palm Bay, starting at 5:30 pm.

For more information about National Night Out, click here.

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