Indialantic mayor arrested, accused of hitting man with rake during Hurricane Ian cleanup

David Berkman, 59, faces misdemeanor battery charge

David Berkman (Brevard County Sheriff's Office)

INDIALANTIC, Fla. – The mayor of Indialantic is accused of using a rake to hit a man in the face while participating in a park cleanup for Hurricane Ian, according to the police department. Channel 6, WKMG-TV in Orlando reports, David Berkman, 59, was arrested Friday and faces a misdemeanor battery charge.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Berkman was helping to clear Orlando Park in Indialantic when the victim began recording him on his cellphone. The victim said he began recording the mayor after Berkman made several comments about “kicking his ass.”

The affidavit said Berkman used a rake to hit the victim’s phone and face.

It’s not known what led to the alleged outburst.

The Indialantic Police Department said the cellphone video lined up with what the victim’s claims.

No other details, including whether the victim suffered any injuries, have been released.

About the Author:

Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.