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

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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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