Florida Gov. Rick Scott expressed his happiness that Donald Trump was elected president and backed a pair of controversial tourism and business agencies in his State of the State address Tuesday.
Speaking to a joint meeting of the state House of Representatives and Senate at the opening of this year’s legislative session, Scott made no mention of the opioid and heroin epidemic that has ravaged families in Palm Beach County and throughout the state.
Palm Beach County officials said they were pleased by aspects of the governor’s speech but were disappointed he did not mention the opioid epidemic.
The governor’s support for Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida puts him on a collision course with some state legislators, who have criticized those agencies as havens of waste and corporate welfare.
The Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation will hold a public hearing from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 29 at Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus. The hearing’s the second of three in advance of the 2017 legislative session. For more, call the legislative delegation office at 561-355-2406.
A familiar face among Palm Beach County reporters has a new job.
West Palm Beach Police Capt. David Bernhardt, who for a while was the department’s press spokesman, recently retired after nearly three decades of service. Now he’s working as a legislative, aide and an advisor on law enforcement issues, for State Rep. Dave Kerner, D-Lake Worth.
Bernhardt was with Kerner at Wednesday morning’s legislative update breakfast of the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce.
He said the plan is to continue to work with Kerner in some capacity should Kerner win the District 3 County Commission seat Shelley Vana is leaving because of term limits.