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Denise Horland Joins Hunt For Whistleblower(s) Who Leaked HR Investigation Of Plantation Councilman Nick Sortal

Denise Horland Joins Nick Sortal

Denise Appleby Horland is trying to unmask the whistleblower who revealed a City of Plantation Human Resources Department investigation of Councilman Nick Sortal, records show. On June 13, 2022 REDBROWARD revealed a longtime female City employee accused Sortal of making inappropriate sexual and racial comments to her while he was conducting official business inside City Hall. An official memorandum showed Sortal admitted to making remarks about his erect penis as well as expressing satisfaction that “Plantation will never have a black mayor.”

Despite the admission, a labor attorney told City leaders they were powerless to hold Sortal accountable for his behavior. Not long after being told Sortal would face no punishment, the longtime employee left her position. Nick Sortal is currently running against popular incumbent Mayor Lynn Stoner

After the news broke about Nick Sortal’s inappropriate comments, Denise Horland remained silent. During last Wednesday’s City Council meeting, Nick Sortal admitted, for the third time, to making the remarks. Even though he told the Sun-Sentinel that reports of racial remarks were a “lie,” Sortal said his racial remarks about a black mayor were just a “tone deaf” attempt at sarcasm. Instead of a lie, Sortal told residents it was a joke.

Denise Horland remained silent.

Instead of being angry over the treatment of a female employee or the lack accountability of a sitting elected official, Plantation Councilwoman Denise Horland wants to know who made Nick Sortal’s dirty laundry public.

Two days after Nick Sortal made his third admission to making the inappropriate sexual and racial comments, Denise Horland filed a public records request with the City of Plantation clerk.

Horland wrote, “I would like to know the name of any person’s who either requested or were sent a copy of the file memorandum which details what transpired between Councilmember Sortal and Ms. [REDACTED].”

“I would also like to know the dates of the requests received and the dates the memo was shared/sent,” Horland wrote.

Horland knows the facts of the investigation. She was sitting next to Nick Sortal Wednesday night when he admitted everything to the public.

So why does Denise Horland wants names and dates of who let the public know about this injustice?

REDBROWARD asked Denise Horland. She did not respond to our request for comment.

Normally, politicians want to know who leaked embarrassing information so they can “plug the hole” or intimidate other whistleblowers from going public.

Since our story broke, prominent Sortal supporters on social media have sought out the identities of the whistleblowers.

Why is Denise Horland sticking her neck out for Nick Sortal?

Is she showing loyalty to a fellow Democrat?

Are their shared donors and campaign advisers urging Denise Horland to defend Nick Sortal?

Doesn’t Denise Horland owe a duty to City employees to defend them from attacks and inappropriate comments by City leaders?

Is this duty overshadowed by politics?

Denise Horland is on the ballot this November.

City of Plantation voters deserve answers, no?

Denise Horland Wants Names & Dates

Rico Petrocelli & Robert Levy Co-Hosted Plantation Party Behind State Ethics Charge

Plantation Councilman Robert “Doc Bob” Levy co-hosted the Controversial 2007 “holiday party” which lead to State Ethics charges against Broward GOP chairman Rico Petrocelli (P.I.). Documents from the Florida Commission On Ethics show Petrocelli admitted violating Florida Statutes “by soliciting donations from individuals or entities that lobbied the Plantation City Council.” Petrocelli admitted he accepted these donations and failed to report them.

A State investigator’s report shows Petrocelli contacted representatives from FP&L, Waste Management, Johnson Controls and Greenberg Traurig seeking donations for his holiday party. These companies each made $500 contributions to the Plantation Athletic League (PAL). Each company had business before the Plantation City Council. Petrocelli solicited monies from 5 others as well. The State report shows PAL then issued checks in similar amounts to Petrocelli.

An internal PAL ad hoc committee investigation found the party was not a PAL sanctioned event. “Said party was permitted by Councilmen Levy and Petrocelli. The permit was not obtained by PAL.” The PAL investigation found no mention or sanction of the party in its minutes. The chairman of the ad hoc committee “confirmed that PAL accepted donations that were specifically made to fund (Petrocelli’s) party.”

When interviewed by ethics invesigators, Doc Bob Levy admitted to hosting the party. Levy said he reserved Deicke Auditorium and paid the $500 rental fee. Levy said he had co-hosted the 2005 and 2006 parties as well. Levy said he was unaware Petrocelli had solicited funds for the party.

The State report includes an advertisment for the party. The flyer states “HOSTED BY Plantation Councilman Rico Petrocelli & Camille Petrocelli and Council President Bob Levy”. There is no mention of PAL. However it does mention those interested in “Sponsorship” opportunities should contacted Rico.

As reported earlier this week, Rico Petrocelli shocked the Broward GOP by endorsing Doc Bob Levy. Maybe he knows he has great party planning skills?

Rico Peteocelli and Doctor Robert Levy hosted Plantation party