City of Palm Bay First Government Entity To Purchase All American-Made Flag
By Karyn Barber, City of Palm Bay // October 4, 2015
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BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – The City of Palm Bay was recognized this week for being the first government entity to purchase an American-made flag under the newly authorized “All American Flag Act.”
On September 21 Gov. Rick Scott traveled to Viera High School to sign the act, a mandate to government entities across the state to only purchase American flags and Florida state flags that were made in the United States.
The act itself began as a high school civics assignment when history teacher Matt Susin asked his students what changes they would like to see in local government.
One student answered that they wanted to ensure all state and municipal flags were American-made.
Creating a new state law wasn’t going to be easy, but Susin, along with his students and local community stakeholders, embarked upon the legislative journey and saw it through to fruition.
“The push for this legislation originated in Brevard County and the City of Palm Bay is proud to be a part of this movement,” said Deputy City Mayor Harry Santiago.
On September 29th Matt Susin accompanied local Brevard County business owner Mary Consolato of Flagnations to Palm Bay City Hall where they presented Deputy City Mayor Harry Santiago and Space Coast Paratroopers Executive Director Donald Overton with the flag that will be proudly flown and displayed at City Hall.
Consolato said Flagnations is a proud supporter of our veterans and active duty military men and women.
“We are happy to announce that 10 percent of all flags sold through the website allamericanflagact.org will be donated to the Space Coast Paratroopers Association in support of Palm Bay’s Homes for Warriors program,” explained Consolato.
The new law takes effect January 1, 2016.
“We’re honored to have been selected as the beneficiary of Flagnations American made flag program, it’s truly humbling to be part of such an historic act of patriotism,” said Space Coast Paratroopers Executive Director Donald Overton.