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“MY D*CK IS HARD FOR THIS:” Plantation Councilman Nick Sortal Admits Making Inappropriate Sexual And Racist Remarks To City Employee

Nick Sortal comments on chances of a black mayor.

Plantation City Councilman Nick Sortal made highly inappropriate sexual and racist remarks by to a city employee sparking a Human Resources investigation, records show. REDBROWARD obtained a memorandum detailing the City’s investigation into Sortal’s remarks following a complaint filed by a high-level City of Plantation employee. While REDBROWARD knows the name of the employee, we are not naming her at this time.

The memorandum bears the signature of City Of Plantation Human Resources Director Denese Edsall, Ph. D.

According to the memorandum, the incident occurred last month when Nick Sortal filed paperwork to run for Mayor. Sortal, accompanied by his wife, told the employee about their “scuffle” with popular incumbent Mayor Lynn Stoner. Sortal said he exchanged words with Stoner regarding his decision to challenge her. Sortal said his wife, Robyn Sortal, also exchanged words with Mayor Stoner.

Then, Councilman Nick Sortal told the female employee, “My dick is hard for this!

Rhymes with “Nick”

Shocked by Sortal’s graphic comment, the female employee said he covered her face.

Sortal then asked her if anyone else filed paperwork to run for mayor. She told him yes.

Sortal asked if the person was black. The employee, a person of color, said no.

Sortal said, “Oh good, Plantation will never have a black mayor.

The female employee would later file a complaint with the City of Plantation Human Resources Department.

NOTHING CITY COULD LEGALLY DO

According to the memorandum obtained by REDBROWARD, City of Plantation officials met on May 23, 2022 to discuss the “protocol for handling the complaint” against Nick Sortal. Chief Administrative Officer Jason Nunemaker and Human Resources Director Denese Edsall conducted a telephone conference call with labor attorney Denise Heekin. City leaders wanted to determine the City’s responsibility and how to handle the matter.

According to the labor attorney, since Nick Sortal is an elected official, the City could not level any sanctions against him. She advised Nunemaker to speak with Sortal about the inappropriate nature of the comments and the fact that a complaint was made against him. Heekin said there was nothing else Plantation could legally do to Sortal.

Screenshot of City Of Plantation memorandum detailing Sortal HR complaint.

SORTAL FELT “COMFORTABLE”

According to the memorandum, CAO Jason Nunemaker discussed the matter with Nick Sortal on May 24, 2022. The memo states, “Mr. Nunemaker spoke to Councilman Sortal who admitted to the comments.” Sortal said he, “did not realize they were taken as inappropriate as he has been speaking to [the employee] for four years and felt comfortable.” Sortal told Nunemaker he “would be more careful in the future.”

On May 25, 2022 another discussion was held with labor attorney Denise Heekin. She advised leaders to document the actions taken and to “document to a separate complaint file the actions taken.” Heekin advised leaders to discuss the actions with the female employee.

Later that day, a city official spoke with the female employee. The official told her that Nunemaker spoke with Sortal. Sortal promised to be more careful. The employee asked if she was required to deal with Sortal in the future. The City official said no.

The employee stated she understood what the City had done to address the matter. The City of Plantation official told her “If anything else happened she should let me know immediately.”

Last Friday, Councilman Nick Sortal sent a floral arrangement to the employee at her City Hall office.

Nick Sortal sent flowers to victim.

REDBROWARD contacted Nick Sortal for comment on this matter.

We wanted to know why Nick Sortal felt “comfortable” talking about the state of his penis with a woman not his wife.

We wanted to know if Nick Sortal regularly discusses the state of his penis with other City of Plantation employees.

We wanted to know why arguing with a female colleague made his penis “hard.”

We wanted to ask Nick Sortal why he asked about the race of potential opponents.

We wanted to ask Nick Sortal why he said “Oh Good” when told the opponent was not black.

We wanted Nick Sortal to tell us why there will never be a black mayor in Plantation.

We wanted to know why Nick Sortal sent flowers to an employee who filed an HR complaint against him?

Nick Sortal did not respond to our request for comment.

Nick Sortal has a history of unprofessional and inappropriate behavior at City Hall. And he wants to be the next Mayor of Plantation?

Stay tuned….

Plantation Councilwoman Jennifer Andreu Connected Residents With Activist Who “Championed” Changing Name of City

Emails obtained by REDBROWARD show Councilwoman Jennifer Andreu connected residents interested in changing the name of the City of Plantation with the activist behind a 2020 petition drive. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests during the summer of 2020, Dharyl Auguste started a petition to rename the City. Auguste claimed the name Plantation had negative racial connotations which made people of color uncomfortable. Auguste’s activism gained unwanted national attention for the City. But that negative attention did not stop Andreu, first elected in November, from connecting new activists with Auguste.

On January 19, 2021, Plantation resident Risha Stern sent an email to the Plantation City Council and Mayor about a local teenager interested in changing the name of the city. Stern wrote, “Can you please suggest how he could go about this and if any of you are interested in helping make history.”

Jennifer Andreu was definitely interested.

Just eight hours later, Andreu responded to Stern. She said the teen should connect with “Dharyl Auguste who championed this cause last year. Please friend him on Facebook and I’ll follow up with a message.

Stern replied immediately to Andreu. She told Andreu the teen and his family don’t “believe in Facebook.” Stern asked, “Any other way?”

Three days later, Andreu responded with Dharyl Auguste’s telephone number.

REDBROWARD asked Andreu why she would encourage residents to contact an activist seeking to change the name of the City she represents and how she had his personal telephone on hand to share with residents.

Andreu told REDBROWARD, “I have addressed the name change issue at length during the campaign and understand both sides of the issue. If residents want a referendum, they should acquire the necessary signatures. A resident asked me for his information and he said it was okay to give them his phone number. I do my best to keep in touch with everyone who communicates with me.

But neither Ms. Stern nor the teen asked for the telephone number of Dharyl Auguste. Stern said the teen was interested in the name change but never asked about Auguste. It was Andreu who suggested she contact Auguste.

Also, if she “understands both sides of the issue,” why didn’t Andreu volunteer to discuss the issues with the teen? Instead, she directs him to an activist who is clearly not interested in explaining both sides of the issue.

Why would Ms. Andreu encourage a costly referendum being foisted upon Plantation residents? To say such a referendum would be very divisive is an understatement.

Despite being on the job for mere months, it appears Ms. Andreu has no qualms bringing divisive issues to the doorsteps of residents.

In January, Andreu advocated punishing Plantation restaurants who offer plastic straws to customers.

Andreu also met with a Lauderhill commissioner to discuss the “annexation of Plantation” neighborhoods on the east side of the City.

Why is Andreu more interested in political issues than Plantation residents? Is someone giving really bad advice to this political newcomer?