BY BUDDY NEVINS
There is more trouble for Plantation City Commissioner Rico Petrocelli this morning.
The president of the city youth athletics organization confirmed to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel the essence of a state ethics complaint against Petrocelli.
The paper’s Lisa Huriash interviewed Evan Krakower, the Plantation Athletics League president. She wrote:
“Evan Krakower, the PAL president, said the event was Petrocelli’s personal party and the Dynamites were guests. He said donors wrote checks to PAL but shouldn’t have, and after they did, PAL gave the money to Petrocelli.
‘It wasn’t our money, it was money for Rico’s party,’ he said. Ã¢â‚¬ËœWe never invited our members, we never advertised it.’
That is exactly what the ethics complaint accuses Petrocelli of doing — solicting money, giving it to PAL, then taking the money out of PAL coffers to pay for a party. Browardbeat.com broke the story of the ethics complaint last week.
In the same article, Petrocelli concedes he was asked to quit the PAL board of directors in 2007. That’s about the time that the controversy about loosy-goosy handling of PAL money surfaced.
Petrocelli said he was asked to step down as a PAL commissioner in 2007. Ã¢â‚¬ËœI was a lightning rod,’ he said. Ã¢â‚¬ËœThe focus was not on the kids anymore.’
It is getting more and more interesting, especially since Petrocelli is facing re-election in March.