Retired West Palm Beach Police spokesman now working for Kerner

Bernhardt (WPB PD)
Bernhardt (WPB PD)
Kerner
Kerner

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.

Retired West Palm Beach Police spokesman now working for Kerner

Bernhardt (WPB PD)
Bernhardt (WPB PD)
Kerner
Kerner

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.

State Rep., Palm Beach County Commission hopeful Kerner jumps the gun

Kerner
Kerner

A Freudian slip is defined as accidentally saying what you mean. Outgoing state legislator David Kerner laid a whopper Tuesday.

Kerner, who’s said he’ll seek the county commission seat Shelley Vana is vacating because of term limits, rose at Tuesday’s county commission meeting on a proposal to create a Community Redevelopment Agency in the town of Lake Clarke Shores, which is in Kerner’s central Palm Beach County legislative district.

Kerner started, “thank you mayor and fellow — “ and then corrected himself, saying “honorable commissioners.”

Amid giggles and guffaws, a red-faced Kerner said, “that was bad.”

Packing heat: Open carry headed toward House floor amid questions about why it’s needed

Open carry clears a House committee
Open carry clears a House committee

More than 1.4 million Floridians with concealed weapons permits could openly carry their guns under legislation that moved forward Thursday in the House, amid emotional testimony from both sides.

The Florida Sheriffs Association opposes the legislation. But a handful of sheriffs broke with the group and testified in support of the bill (CS/HB 163) before the Judiciary Committee.

The panel approved the measure 12-4, setting the stage for a full House vote.  Similar legislation, however, likely faces a tougher challenge in the Florida Senate.

The National Rifle Association earlier pushed for the bill claiming that Floridians with weapons permits were being arrested for accidently exposing a firearm.

But Rep. Dave Kerner, D-Lake Worth, was beaten back by the Republican-controlled panel when he proposed a sheriffs’ backed alternative that prohibited such arrests.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, sponsor of the bill, said he wasn’t interested in the change.

“I truly want to make it the right of Floridians to openly carry,” said Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, sponsor of the House measure. His father, Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, is sponsoring the Senate version.

“This is not just a fix,” Rep. Gaetz said. “I have broader goals.”

Still, other supporters, including the NRA and Florida Carry, continued to cite examples of Floridians arrested under the current law – although they provided few specifics.

A case frequently cited involved Dale Norman of Fort Pierce, arrested in 2012 for what a Fourth District Court of Appeal ruling described as “ walking on the sidewalk with the firearm clearly visible on the outside of his clothing.”

But the ruling cited “no credible evidence” that Norman sought to properly conceal the weapon, defying the claim by gun advocates that he was subject to overzealous policing.

Norman’s conviction for violating the state’s concealed weapon’s law was upheld by the Fourth DCA.