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Senator Bean, District 4 — Press Release


April 25, 2018

CONTACT: Austin Nicklas, (904) 757-5039

Senator Aaron Bean Presents $250,000 in State Funding to Safe Harbor Boys Home

Jacksonville, Fla. On behalf of the State of Florida, State Senator Aaron Bean (R-Fernandina Beach) yesterday presented a $250,000 check to Dr. Robbie Smith, executive director and co-founder of Safe Harbor Boys Home, and Charles Hyatt, chairman of Safe Harbor Boys Home Board of Directors. During the 2018 Legislative Session, Senator Bean worked closely with State Representative Cord Byrd (R-Neptune Beach) to secure the $250,000 in state funding for Safe Harbor Boys Home to replace their docks destroyed by Hurricane Irma.

“Safe Harbor Boys Home is truly an asset to Northeast Florida, and it continues to change the lives of at-risk boys by providing them with the structure and discipline needed to become successful adults,” said Senator Bean. “This state funding will help Safe Harbor Boys Home replace their docks that were crippled by Hurricane Irma and allow them to continue offering their exceptional, maritime-based program to boys in need.”

“I am proud to have worked in conjunction with Senator Bean to secure an appropriation for Safe Harbor Boys Home to repair docks damaged in recent storms,” said Representative Byrd. “The maritime-based program utilizes seamanship to turn around at-risk teenage boys, which keeps them out of the juvenile justice system. This great program creates strong, productive members of society.”

Safe Harbor Boys Home serves adolescent boys who have experienced neglect, abuse, a major loss in their lives or have behavioral issues. All boys attend the on-campus school, Safe Harbor Maritime Academy, which uses disciplined maritime and seamanship training as a therapeutic framework for helping turn around at-risk teenage boys. Safe Harbor Boys Home will use this state funding to replace 8,000 square feet of docks destroyed by Hurricane Irma, enabling them to resume normal operations of the program.

“Safe Harbor is delighted to have worked with Senator Bean and Representative Byrd to obtain funding to help repair our facility after devastating damage from Hurricane Irma,” said Dr. Smith. “This funding will allow us to return to 100 percent capacity in serving Florida’s at-risk youth to help them become men of character, integrity and vision.”

For more information about Safe Harbor Boys Home, please visit

Senator Bean represents Senate District 4, which includes parts of Nassau and Duval Counties. He can be contacted in Tallahassee at (850) 487-5004 or in his District Office at (904) 757-5039.