WATCH REPLAY: Brevard County Commission Selects Jason Steele as Chair, Rita Pritchett as Vice Chair
By Space Coast Daily // November 21, 2023
appointed by Governor Ron Desantis in June 2023
WATCH REPLAY: 11/21/2023 – Brevard County Commission Meeting
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – District 5 Brevard County Commissioner Jason Steele was elected unanimously as Chair of the Commission for the upcoming year during Tuesday morning’s meeting in Viera.
Steele takes over from District 1 Commissioner Rita Pritchett, who was also selected unanimously as Vice Chair.
He was appointed by Governor Ron Desantis in June 2023 to fill the vacant Board of County Commission seat.
Steele filled the District 5 seat that spans across south Brevard that was left by former Commissioner Kristine Zonka, who stepped down in March. Zonka left the position after she was hired to lead the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County, which was left vacant by former health director Maria Stahl after she announced her retirement.
Before becoming Commissioner, Steele is a real estate broker for The Steele Group, which he co-founded with his brother, Val Steele, in 2008.
Steele is also the director of government affairs for Smith and Associates Law Offices in Tallahassee and Melbourne and served in the Florida House of Representatives between 1980 and 1982.
Steele is the executive producer of the television show “Political Food for Thought,” which is broadcast to 7,000,000 homes statewide. Steele, a former Brevard County Republican Party chairman, has served on numerous boards including Enterprise Florida and Space Florida.
ABOVE VIDEO: Meet Jason Steele, Brevard County Commissioner for District 5 which contains Palm Bay, Melbourne Village, West Melbourne, and Melbourne. Space Coast Daily’s Giles Malone sits down with the Gov. Ron DeSantis-appointed commissioner to discuss ways in which he will help and serve Brevard County.
A. CALL TO ORDER 9:00 AM
B. MOMENT OF SILENCE
C. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Commissioner John Tobia, District 3
D. MINUTES FOR APPROVAL:
SELECTION: CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR FOR 2023-2024
E. RESOLUTIONS, AWARDS AND PRESENTATIONS
F. CONSENT AGENDA (The entire Consent Agenda will be passed in one motion to
include everything under Section F.)
Development and Environmental Services Group
Planning and Development
F.1. Board Approval, Re: Waiver to Brevard County Stormwater Pond Design Criteria for
U.S. 192 Solid Waste Management Facility. (23WV00019) (23SP00036) (District 5)
Community Services Group
Parks and Recreation Department
F.2. Resolution and Lease Contract with GROW Non-Profit Services Corporation. RE: Gibson
Complex, Building H, Annex Space 2H – District 1
F.3. Approval, Re: Management of Parrish Property by Environmentally Endangered Lands
(EEL) Program- District 1
Administrative Services Group
F.4. Permission to use current Chair’s signature plates.
F.5. Acceptance and Approval of Internal Audit Reports and the FY 2023/2024 Internal
F.6. Bill Folder
G. PUBLIC HEARINGS
H. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
I. NEW BUSINESS
Community Services Group
I.1. Approval, Re: Staff to enter into negotiations with multiple agencies for the provision
of First Year Opioid Abatement services within Brevard County (up to $2,701,458.44)
J. BOARD REPORTS
J.1. Frank Abbate, County Manager
J.2. Morris Richardson, County Attorney
J.3. Tom Goodson, Commissioner District 2, Vice-Chair
J.4 John Tobia, Commissioner District 3
J.5. Rob Feltner, Commissioner District 4
J.6. Jason Steele, Commissioner District 5
J.7. Rita Pritchett, Commissioner District 1, Chair
K. PUBLIC COMMENTS