BY ZANA RAYBON, FBPE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & FEMC PRESIDENT
Hopefully, here’s to a better year than the last two have been. Even with all the challenges of COVID and handling a renewal period during a worldwide pandemic, the Florida Engineers Management Corporation survived and persevered.
We closed out renewal on Feb. 28, 2021, and started the continuing education audit shortly after that. We are nearly complete with all the auditing and hope to finish any outstanding cases in time to start renewal again in late fall 2022. Whew!
Just around the corner is the 2022 Legislative session, which will commence on Jan. 11. We are keeping our eyes on a couple of bills that have been filed and might affect engineers. We will keep you informed through email and the website if there is any cause for concern. We will have definite news by the time our next newsletter is published, and let you know if any of the bills passed. Check out Senate Bills 940, 942, 1118, and 1302. Also, check out House Bills 87, 375, and 565.
One of the best things to happen for us in 2021 was the appointment of five new Board members. Along with four re-appointments, we welcomed Yassi Meyers, PE; Jeb Mulock, PE; John Pistorino, PE; and Denise Ramsey, PE. It’s great to have an almost full Board. In December, the Board elected a new chair for 2022, Scott Drury, PE, and a new vice chair, Dylan Albergo, PE. We are looking forward to a productive year and being able to meet face-to-face.
FEMC is happy to report that our outreach to colleges and universities is picking back up. We continue to make licensure presentations via Zoom, but we have also made a few in-person presentations. We hope to be able to continue with our visits in 2022, and get the word out about PE licensure to our Florida students.
The big news, amid the pandemic and renewal, was that we accomplished moving our office to a new location. We are still in Tallahassee, but our mailing address has changed to 2400 Mahan Dr., Tallahassee, FL 32308.
The FEMC staff (above) wishes you all a happy, healthy 2022. Stay safe!