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RON DESANTIS: OPPOSE the appointment of COVID-Nazi Dave Kerner to Executive Position

Petition to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his Cabinet (Attorney General Ashley Moody, CFO of State of Florida Jimmy Patronis, and Agricultural Commissioner Wilton Simpson)

By signing this petition, you can let Governor DeSantis and The Florida Cabinet know you OPPOSE the nomination and appointment of Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner to Florida Executive Director of Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles because Kerner’s actions of supporting and enforcing harsh COVID mandates and shutdowns resulted in policies that harmed Floridians under his leadership and this type of leadership doesn’t belong in “the free state of Florida.”

Dave Kerner was the mayor of Palm Beach County during 2020 & 2021. As a member of the Governor’s Re-Opening Task Force, Kerner refused to follow the Governor’s reopening plan for Florida and instead asked, and was granted, permission to reopen Palm Beach County, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties without adhering to the Governor’s re-opening plan like the rest of Florida. This resulted in pro-longed lockdowns and mandates in Palm Beach County and the other aforementioned counties compared to the rest of Florida.

Under Kerner’s leadership, Palm Beach County was shutdown longer than the rest of the state and residents and business owners faced harsh COVID mandates, including mask mandates and business closures. Mask mandates issued in Palm Beach County lasted until February 2022.

Kerner created the “COVID Education and Compliance Task-force” which responded to a newly created snitch line where anyone in the community could call or email complaints to the task-force about community members or businesses that were seen not wearing masks or social distancing. The task-force was comprised mainly of county code enforcement officers and local law enforcement officers.

When Kerner announced the creation of this task force he threatened that businesses could face as much as criminal prosecution over COVID measures and mandates. A February 2021 news story from WPTV reported that:

“According to the county's Code Enforcement and Compliance Team, which investigates alleged violations of Palm Beach County's COVID-19 mandates, 8,204 complaints have been processed since last year, resulting in 190 written warnings, 78 notices of violation, and 26 business closures.”

As county Mayor of Palm Beach County, Dave Kerner had no direct authority over law enforcement, yet he managed to create a COVID task force comprised of law enforcement that would investigate businesses and enforce COVID mandates triggered by community member complaints of people not wearing masks and social distancing. 

Now Governor DeSantis has nominated Dave Kerner to a position that oversees the Florida Highway Patrol division. This position also oversees Motorist Services, Administrative Services, and Information Systems Administration. 

Dave Kerner is currently a Palm Beach County Commissioner and has been nominated as Executive Director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) by Governor DeSantis and this nomination still needs final approval by the Cabinet members. Cabinet members are scheduled to vote on this nomination in a meeting scheduled to take place on January 17, 2023.

By signing this petition, you can let Governor DeSantis and The Florida Cabinet know you OPPOSE the nomination and appointment of Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner to Florida Executive Director of Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles because Kerner’s actions of supporting and enforcing harsh COVID mandates and shutdowns resulted in policies that harmed Floridians under his leadership and this type of leadership doesn’t belong in “the free state of Florida.”

 

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