FIRED! Polo Club Boca Terminates Employee Fearful Of COVID Violations

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Polo Club Has Not Denied Accuracy Of Kitchen Photos Published Last Week

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Polo Club Employee David Berman was escorted off property by PBSO moments after he was fired. Berman says there are serious COVID-19 issues on property and was fired after going public.

BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

BOCA RATON, FL ( — Polo Club Boca Raton took the extraordinary measure of firing an employee who spoke to the news media about what may be massive COVID-19 violations in and around the Polo Club Country Club and residential development.

The staffer, a long time technical maintenance employee, was terminated Tuesday. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office was called to escort him off property, as seen in the photo above. We are awaiting word from PBSO to clarify why deputies were involved with a first amendment issue.

Polo Club came under fire late last week when we published leaked photos showing members of the cooking staff not wearing masks, wearing masks around their necks but not mouths, or otherwise disobeying Palm Beach County Executive Orders in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Multiple calls for comment were not returned to prior to — and after — we published the photos. Polo Club has not denied the accuracy of the photos.

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This photo, taken after the Palm Beach County mask order went into effect, shows kitchen workers at Polo Club not wearing masks correctly while cooking and working.

Upon seeing the images of kitchen staffers not complying with county directives, the maintenance technician reached out to to share his passionate concern.

“My father almost died from COVID-19,” he said. “These homeowners deserve better than employees who are not wearing masks while preparing food.”


“My father almost died from COVID-19,” he said. “These homeowners deserve better than employees who are not wearing masks while preparing food.”

The maintenance tech told that the Polo Club kitchens are — or have been — preparing food for charitable organizations including Boca Helping Hands and area hospitals.

“How would hospital workers feel if they knew their food (from Polo Club) was being prepared by kitchen workers not wearing masks?” he asked.

The fired technician was apparently called into a meeting Tuesday morning to ask if he was the source of’s original reporting and photographs. He attempted to tape the conversation but was told that he could not. The maintenance tech said he was told that he was fired, but not given a reason why. A security guard later told him, according to his account, that he was terminated for his “attitude” during the meeting.

Telephone messages left Tuesday for HR Director Terry Borowski and General Manager Kate Berry were also not immediately returned.

The maintenance technician’s name was never used in’s original reporting which included information from multiple sources over several weeks. He said he expressed concern to management about COVID compliance previously but was rebuffed multiple times. Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation inspected Polo Club the day after our first report and found two kitchen violations.

The now fired staffer says it’s important that Polo Club homeowners and guests understand that while COVID-19 compliance is being followed by some employees, it is absolutely not being followed by all.

“I am aware of (staffers) who were supposed to be quarantined but were not,” he said. “They’re trying to keep it secret. Homeowners have no idea.”

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5 thoughts on “FIRED! Polo Club Boca Terminates Employee Fearful Of COVID Violations”

  1. What are the MASSIVE violations you are referring to?. Your articles are typically negative . The two violations do not seem that dramatic.

  2. I hope they have notified any homeowners and employee’s that at least one of their lifeguards at the pool tested positive so anyone that may have had contact with them can go get tested.

  3. Waiting for testing. My wife and I were tested and waited 19 days for the results after being in contact with an infected person. We could have gotten sick, been hospitalized, died and been buried before the results came back.