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10/28/2014 Senate President Don Gaetz joined Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center and CEO Julie Hurst at the groundbreaking of their new center in Defuniak Springs. Opening in late 2015, the new 15,000 square foot center will serve Walton County children and help carry out the mission of the ECCAC, to prevent child abuse and neglect and restore the lives and futures of these impacted children. Senator Gaetz
10/28/2014 Senate President Gaetz shared stories and coffee with his friends Destin Kiwanis Club. Senator Gaetz
10/28/2014 Inspired. Gratified. Humbled. That's how Representative Matt Gaetz and Senate President Don Gaetz were affected by the Homes for Heroes ceremony Saturday morning in Destin. Master Sgt Joe Deslauriers, his wife Lisa and their son Cameron were welcomed to their beautiful new fully furnished home by hundreds of cheering neighbors and fellow military personnel. Built at zero cost to Joe and Lisa by premiere builder Randy Wise, one of NWF's most generous business leaders, the handsome home was turned over mortgage-free by Homes for Heroes. As bagpipers skirled, classic Air Force fighters wagged their wings in tribute overhead and an honor guard snapped to attention this wounded warrior and his family came home to a grateful community. Representative Gaetz and President Gaetz were proud to present a $1 million legislative appropriation to Homes for Heroes during today's ceremony. Joe told President Gaetz as he gripped his powerful hand, 'I'm so glad I'm coming home here, to Florida.' We're glad, too, Joe. More than that, all of us in this community are grateful to the depth of our souls for the men and women who risk their lives and suffer their wounds for our freedom. As the crowd pushed forward to thank him, Joe pulled himself up in his wheelchair and said to President Gaetz, 'We would do it again. All of it.' Senator Gaetz
10/28/2014 Majority Office
7/21/2014 Senate President Don Gaetz had the great pleasure of traveling to Pensacola where he met with constituents and spoke to members of the Panhandle Tiger Bay Club where we discussed issues that are important to Northwest Florida and Escambia County. President Gaetz was able to share that UWF received $5 million to expand certain degree programs, wounded special forces soldiers will be able to continue to receive rehabilitation through $500,000 in recurring funds to the Andrews Institute's Eagle Fund and over $600,000 was appropriated to create and improve programs of 14 cultural arts organizations throughout Escambia County. Senator Gaetz
7/16/2014 After a warm reception by Rotarians in Panama City Beach on Monday night, Senate President Don Gaetz visited various media outlets in Panama City on Tuesday to provide an update on policy and budget items directly affecting our district, such as funding for Guardian Ad Litem programs, Economic Development, and the Child Welfare System. He also enjoyed meeting with constituents who discussed important issues that are impacting their lives from funding for local organizations to health care services needed in our community. Closing the day, President Gaetz was privileged to introduce Panama City and Bay County to our Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera. Senator Gaetz
7/15/2014 The Rotary Club of the Emerald Coast invited Senate President Don Gaetz to speak to their group where he learned 'Service above Self' is not only their motto, but their passion. Many hours of time are spent by the group to help children with special needs and veterans living in nursing homes in Bay County enjoy life through baseball games, movie outings and many other activities. Senate President Gaetz was happy to be able to share with the group what the Florida Legislature accomplished this past session to help veterans and persons with disabilities. Senator Gaetz
7/2/2014 Yesterday, nearly 160 new laws took effect including one of the 2014 Joint Work Plan priorities- the Florida GI Bill. This morning, I was honored to share the good news with my friends at the Northwest Florida Military Officers Club that Florida is now the most military-friendly in the nation in support of our bases and our missions as well as military members and their families. As we approach the Fourth of July, it was a privilege to meet and share with this outstanding group of military officers how Florida is committed to helping our veterans and military in appreciation for their dedication and sacrifices for our freedom. Senator Gaetz
6/11/2014 Senate President Don Gaetz was honored to join CareerSource Okaloosa Walton this morning as they received a 1.5 million dollar grant from the Augusta Warrior Project to enhance Veteran outreach. Senator Gaetz
5/28/2014 Parents, teachers and students joined Washington County Superintendent of Schools Joe Taylor and Senate President Don Gaetz for the groundbreaking ceremony of Kate M. Smith Elementary School in Chipley, Florida this morning. Senator Gaetz
5/9/2014 President Gaetz joined Governor Rick Scott in Pensacola to see first-hand the damage done by the severe flooding last week in Northwest Florida. Senator Gaetz
5/1/2014 Senator Audrey Gibson, Brandy Wright, Farisha Hamid & Teresa Williams-Elam participate in 2014 ALS walk Senator Gibson
5/1/2014 Senator Audrey Gibson & Reverend Gaston at FL State Capitol Senator Gibson
4/30/2014 Senator Gaetz chatted with the Senate Pages before heading to the Floor today.  Senator Gaetz
4/29/2014 Today, the Florida Senate took time to honor and thank President Pro Tempore Garrett Richter for his distinguished service.  Senate President Gaetz was also honored on the floor today as his portrait was unveiled.  Senator Gaetz
4/23/2014 Senate President Gaetz met and chatted with Senate Pages to thank them for their valued service to the Florida Legislature as the 2014 Legislative Session enters its second to last week. Senator Gaetz
4/22/2014 President Gaetz joined Governor Rick Scott and other members of the Cabinet in presenting three outstanding Florida teachers the Shine Award.  This prestigious award recognizes the contributions exceptional teachers make in and outside the classroom.  The award was given to Susan Marion from Emerald Coast Middle School in Walton County, Daryl Cullipher from St. Augustine High School in St. Johns County, and Jana Pavlus from Woodham Middle School in Escambia County. Senator Gaetz
4/11/2014 Florida’s Gubernatorial Fellows met with Senate President Don Gaetz to discuss their experiences so far in Tallahassee this Legislative Session. Senator Gaetz
4/9/2014 President Gaetz spoke before the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s International Days at Florida State University.   Senator Gaetz
4/8/2014 President Gaetz met with the Florida Women’s Political Network in the Senate Chamber. Senator Gaetz
4/8/2014 On the steps of the Old Capitol, President Gaetz celebrated Children’s Week by reading Dr. Seuss’ story “Oh the Places You’ll Go!”   Senator Gaetz
4/7/2014 Senate President Gaetz spent time with Girl Scouts from the Panhandle to start off the 6th week of the 2014 Legislative Session. Senator Gaetz
4/3/2014 Senate President Gaetz met with the Walton County Leadership Class on the Senate Floor prior to going into Session. Senator Gaetz
3/31/2014 Senate President Don Gaetz, Speaker Will Weatherford and others look on as Governor Rick Scott signed the Florida GI Bill into law today in Panama City.  This important legislation makes the Sunshine State the most military friendly state in the nation. Senator Gaetz
3/20/2014 Florida’s Board of Governors, which is the governing body for the State University System, welcomed Senate President Don Gaetz this morning to discuss performance funding for universities that link education to the realities and opportunities of today’s economy. Senator Gaetz