Chaz Stevens

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    January 15, 2014

    Famous Festivus Pole Sells for $455 on eBay

    The saga of the Pabst Plue Ribbon Festivus Pole has a happy ending. This famous pole, which was built by activist Chaz Stevens and which was erected in the rotunda of the Florida Capitol as a counterpoint to nativity scenes on public property, has sold on eBay for $455.

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    January 7, 2014

    Famous Festivus Pole Is For Sale on eBay

    Everyone knows that early January is the time to get the best prices on holiday decorations for the coming year. The economic principles that apply to fake Christmas trees also apply to Festivus poles. So you may want to check eBay, where the Festivus pole made by activist Chaz Stevens -- the p ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    Atheist Says He'll Sue Deerfield Beach for Putting Up Manger but Not Allowing Festivus Pole

    As shown in the following video, the City of Deerfield Beach has put up a manger scene, along with a few other holiday props, on public property at the city's fire station. Chaz Stevens, an activist and self-described "militant atheist," says he warned the city that he would sue if it put up any r ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    Atheist's Festivus Pole in Florida Capitol: It's Up! (PHOTO)

    "The erection was today," Chaz Stevens announced via phone. The Deerfield Beach activist and "militant atheist" made it up to Tallahassee to install his festivus pole in the rotunda of the state Capitol at 9 a.m. today. His antics are to make a point about the separation of church and state. St ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    This Week In Beer News: Fox News Lager Troll, Heady Topper Black Market and Pabst Beer Festivus

    Two weeks until Christmas, you know what that means. Beer gifts for beer lovers and heavy consumption of Christmas ale. But beware of what you buy, especially with beer because it could be illegal (if it's Heady Topper). And besides the craft boom, beer in Florida has taken an interesting twist th ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    "Festivus Pole" Made of Beer Cans Approved; Will Go Up in Florida Capitol Next to Jesus's Manger

    "I got the official letter," Chaz Stevens announced to New Times late Friday afternoon. "I'm in." Stevens, a self-described "militant atheist" who is known for relentless, sometimes crude, and usually effective methods of exposing government wrongdoing, got approval today to erect a six-foot-tall ... More >>

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    December 4, 2013

    Festivus Pole to Be Erected Next to Manger in Florida Capitol?

    Yesterday, a private group called the Florida Nativity Scene Committee was installing a manger display in the Capitol in Tallahassee. The Miami Herald reported that another group, Reclaim Christ for Christmas, intends to add the Three Wise Men. The ACLU warned that by allowing private groups to se ... More >>

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    June 28, 2013

    Chaz Stevens Suing the City of Lauderdale Lakes for Lack of Transparency

    Chaz Stevens, who has used his blog to battle corruption in Deerfield Beach, has filed a civil lawsuit against the City of Lauderdale Lakes. "According to Lauderdale Lakes City Manager Jon Allen," Stevens tells New Times, "when it comes to obtaining public records, I need to pay to play." Stevens ... More >>

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    December 26, 2012

    South Florida Bloggers Pick Their Favorite Posts of 2012

    As a way of wrapping up 2012, we reached out to the bloggers working the turf in Broward and Palm Beach for their favorite posts from the calendar year. Here is the first installment of what we received. Below you'll find a few lines from the writers themselves about why the posts worked well, a f ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012
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    December 7, 2012

    How an 8.5-Foot-Tall Festivus Pole Made Out of Beer Cans Ended Up Next to Baby Jesus in Deerfield

    Out in Deerfield Beach, on a piece of government-owned property, an 8.5-foot-tall tower of beer cans is looming over baby Jesus. No, this isn't some rogue Art Basel installation that crossed the county line. It's Chaz Stevens' salute to the holiday season. Since the end of November, Steven ... More >>

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    June 13, 2012

    More Complaints Filed Against Connie Mack for Mailers

    Last month, MAOS blogger (and new Sunshine Brigade member) Chaz Stevens submitted a complaint to the Federal Election Commission after we questioned whether Rep. Connie Mack's $18,000 postcard "mistake" actually constituted an illegal campaign contribution.Mack, who today announced an endorseme ... More >>

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    June 6, 2012

    Deerfield Beach Housing Authority Just Throwing Away Public Records Now

    It looks like Deerfield Beach has a twofold problem: The first fold is that the "office manager/comptroller" responding to emails for Housing Authority Chairman Keith Emery has no idea how to read a four-sentence request for simple public records.The second is that they've been throwing those public ... More >>

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    May 24, 2012

    Suspicious Belle Glade Garbage Truck Explained: Dude Has No Idea How to Read Odometer

    On Tuesday, we had a story looking at suspicious use of a Belle Glade garbage truck -- the mileage records were a mess and seemed to suggest something shady was happening that caused the use of the truck to skyrocket earlier this year while gas use was suspiciously low.Well, we've got our answer. Wa ... More >>

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    May 22, 2012

    Is Somebody Using This Belle Glade Garbage Truck for Freelance Trash Joyrides?

    How many uses could there possibly be for a gigantic garbage truck, and how hard could it be to fill out a little tiny form when it gets filled up with gas? According to data coming out of Belle Glade, the answer to the first one is "more than one," and the answer to the second is, uh, "really, real ... More >>

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    May 15, 2012

    Chaz Stevens Files FEC Complaint Against Connie Mack

    MAOS blogger and professional filer-of-complaints Chaz Stevens says he submitted a formal complaint to the Federal Elections Commission yesterday in connection with our coverage of Congressman Connie Mack's illegal campaign mailer incident.

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    March 1, 2012

    The Latest in Lauderdale Lakes Financial Mismanagement Drama: Another OIG Report, A Threatened Lawsuit, and Criminal Complaints All Around

    ​The situation regarding the financial management of the City of Lauderdale Lakes is a complicated one. But while two reports from the Broward Office of the Inspector General have yet to be finalized, there's one thing that's clear: There are no good vibes coming out of that city.The OIG delivered ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    Lauderdale Lakes City Manager Threatens to Sue Blogger Chaz Stevens

    ​Chaz Stevens isn't shy about stirring up trouble. His most recent target has been the wild financial mismanagement of the City of Lauderdale Lakes, which in recent days has been revealed to have used all kinds of crazy, stupid accounting techniques to balance a budget that was, in reality, about ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Former Deerfield Commissioners Win a Trip to a Florida Ethics Commission Hearing

    ​After an audit of Deerfield Beach festivals declaring that three then-city commissioners secured scores of tickets to the city's mango festival "to garner political support" -- and the ensuing complaints filed by city activist Chaz Stevens -- those three former commissioners earned a trip to Tall ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Chaz Stevens Invites Allen West to "Root Beer Summit" Over Deerfield's Housing Authority​Several months ago, Deerfield Beach Mayor Peggy Noland announced she was getting rid of the entire board of commissioners from the city's housing authority.Over concerns that federal taxpayer coin was being wasted in the housing authority, Rep. Allen West hopped on the case and as ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    Deerfield Beach Housing Authority Rescinds Public Records Change, at Least Temporarily​The questionable public records resolution proposed by the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority was rescinded -- at least for now -- at last night's Board of Commissioners meeting, but the commissioners did approve a middle finger via proclamation toward activist Chaz ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    Deerfield Beach Housing Authority Attempting to Pass Possibly Unlawful Public Records Rule​In what would seem like an effort to ban the often insulting and/or profanity-laden public records requests of activist Chaz Stevens, the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority voted at its last Board of Commissioners meeting to adopt a resolution outlawing "improper" r ... More >>

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    August 9, 2011

    Chaz Stevens Back in the Saddle at the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority

    Chaz Stevens​Chaz Stevens, the internet warrior against corruption in Deerfield Beach, has been appointed back to the city's housing authority.Stevens had a brief stint on the authority last April, but, he near-humbly concedes to the Pulp, "I didn't know what the hell I was doing."He says he's her ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Allen West Seeks Investigation Into Deerfield Beach Housing Authority

    ​Chalk this one up as a "plus" for Rep. Allen West -- he's asked the acting inspector general of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to launch a "full investigation" into the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority.For those keeping score on the local government scene, Deerfield's housi ... More >>

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    February 5, 2011

    Sheriff: Son Didn't See The Super Bowl Game

    Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti addressed the Super Bowl issue, telling the Sun-Sentinel (you know who) that his son accompanied him to the big game but that he was working and neither saw the game, except on TV, and they spent almost the entire game outside the stadium overseeing BSO security ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    Chaz' Last Stand

    ​ ​Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter, left, wants to engage in a high heels contest with Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper, right. From Twitter yesterday:  "I think Hallandale Mayor Joy Cooper's heels are higher than mine which rarely happens. I see a contest of heels in o ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    South Florida Gadflies Learning to Swarm

    Riviera Beach's most persistent activist, Fane Lozman, has joined with newspaper publisher John Beatty in filing for a recall effort against the city's five council members. The recall is a typical tool for gadflies, but what makes this one ominous is that it's attracted participation from gadflies ... More >>

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    September 8, 2010

    Video of Chaz Stevens Announcing Candidacy for Deerfield Commission

    FlickrStevens has earned comparisons to a famous Brando character.​My Acts of Sedition blogger Chaz Stevens followed through last night on threats that he would announce his candidacy for the Deerfield Beach Commission, doing so with his usual flair for self-promotion. I've got the video after the ... More >>

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    September 7, 2010

    Chaz Stevens to Announce Bid for Deerfield Commission Tonight; Decides Not to Hire Mariachi Band

    FlickrNo mariachi band in Deerfield tonight.​Tireless blogger, tenacious gadfly, and prolific Juice commenter Chaz Stevens hopes to add a new line to his business card: Deerfield Beach Commissioner. The ubiquitous Stevens will announce his 2011 candidacy against incumbent Joe Miller at tonight's m ... More >>

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    June 1, 2010

    Chaz Stevens Resigns Ahead of Ouster From Deerfield Housing Authority

    This marriage was not built to last. Chaz Stevens had been the fiercest critic of the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority when in April he gained an appointment to its board. Since the moment he was sworn in, he was a marked man.Last week, when the agency learned that Stevens had provided Housing Auth ... More >>

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    June 1, 2010

    Attorney for Executive Director Found Emails That Triggered Stevens' Resignation From Housing Authority

    Flickr: Kenny Maths​Tom Connick, the Deerfield Beach attorney who represents Pamela Davis, the executive director of the city Housing Authority, said that he discovered through a public records request the email chain that led to the agency's call for a special meeting to remove activist blogger C ... More >>

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    May 21, 2010

    It's Civil War Between Activist Groups in Deerfield

    Flickr: mcd540​Few activists in South Florida have had as much fun attacking public officials than Chaz Stevens. But now that he's become a public official himself, Stevens has come under attack.At Wednesday evening's meeting of the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority -- Stevens' second since being ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

    "That's Commissioner Chaz"

    God help us, Chaz Stevens has been appointed to the board of the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority. Not even a very loud "No!" from Commissioner Marty Popelsky (at 1:20 in the video above) could stop Stevens' rise to power.Of course, the activist blogger (he prefers "genius") played a crucial role i ... More >>

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    April 9, 2010

    Activist Launches Coup of Deerfield Housing Board

    The last time the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority's board met, the topic of conversation was Acts of Sedition blogger Chaz Stevens -- specifically, whether his blog posts alleging corruption in the housing agency's contracting process amounted to libel.Yet there's a good chance that at the next me ... More >>

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    April 8, 2010

    Prelude to a Scandal: Targets of Deerfield Investigation Lash Out

    Courtesy Chaz Stevens, that's video from this week's meeting of the Deerfield Beach City Commission in which Sylvia Poitier says that ethics oversight is "fluff." Technically, it was fluff. It's just not anymore, which is why Poitier may be in trouble over her ties to nonprofits that received tax do ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    Deerfield City Worker Tries to Swat Gadfly

    Flickr: arkworld​There's still no official word on what evils the forensic auditor found in its recent analysis of Deerfield Beach finances; but Chaz Stevens isn't the type to wait. Back on March 1, as that auditing firm was arriving in town, Stevens composed these lyrics, which he sent to city st ... More >>

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    February 15, 2010

    Jack Seiler Versus Chaz Stevens

    Jack Seiler is having it out with Chaz Stevens after the mayor found the blogger in his law firm's Seiler​parking lot Sunday morning. Seiler chased Stevens off his property and said he called the cops to investigate, starting an exchange of heated words today from both of them.It began last week, ... More >>

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    November 3, 2009

    Here's Looking at You, Rothstein

    Flickr: movies&movies2"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world..."​Over on My Acts of Sedition, blogger Chaz Stevens claims to have picked up the trail of Scott Rothstein. Or at least he makes a very plausible guess about the identity of the single reader in Casablanca who has ... More >>

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    September 2, 2009

    Bomb-Hurling Blogger Calls It Quits

    Flickr: J.DoyonPhotography​The first time I heard Chaz Stevens' name, it was preceded by the words "Stay away from." I was talking to a person involved in Deerfield Beach politics, and that person was concerned that my interest in the subject would lead to an encounter with the man behind the curt ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009

    Deerfield Vice Mayor: "I Don't Want to Get Caught Up Into Cyberspace." Yet Here She Is.

    The funny thing is, Sylvia Poitier knows that she gave her nemesis, Chaz Stevens, exactly what he wanted. But Deerfield Beach's vice mayor still couldn't resist. Because Stevens gets to tee off on her at his blog, Acts of Sedition, and her weapon is the commissioner remarks, the freestyle portion o ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009

    Yet More Drama in Deerfield: Did City Tamper With Controversial Video?

    Flickr User: Scott Valentine Presents​Good luck finding the full, unedited video of Tuesday's barnburner of a Deerfield Beach commission meeting. The one currently posted on the city's website is only a fraction -- the uncontroversial fraction -- of what transpired that night. So says the blogger ... More >>

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    August 4, 2009

    Video Ambush in Deerfield Beach: Did Mayor's Husband Fake Injury?

    That's video of Lt. Howard Noland, the firefighter husband of Deerfield Beach Mayor Peggy Noland. It's the bomb that Acts of Sedition blogger Chaz Stevens dropped at tonight's commission meeting to a stunned audience.Noland, says Stevens, claimed to have been injured in 2001, after which he collecte ... More >>

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    July 22, 2009

    Uh-Oh! Nut-Stomping Deerfield Blogger Laces Up a Steel-Toed Boot...

    deerfield-beach.comMarty PopelskyMarty Popelsky is the latest Deerfield Beach commissioner to wander into the crosshairs of the city's ethics-obsessed blogger, Chaz Stevens. The man behind Acts of Sedition tells Juice that later today, he'll publish a post that details a flagrant abuse of power by P ... More >>

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    June 29, 2009

    Trouble's Her Middle Name: Vice Mayor Is a Woman in Distress

    Sylvia FergusonDeerfield Beach Vice Mayor Sylvia Ferguson (previously Poitier) may have had a financial interest in a nonprofit corporation for which she voted to award public funds. Acts of Sedition blogger Chaz Stevens has posted financial documents of the Westside Deerfield Businessmen Associatio ... More >>

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    June 29, 2009

    Ferguson to Be Investigated for Ethics No-No

    A law firm retained by Deerfield Beach to evaluate reports of ethics violations has opened an investigation into the conduct of the city's vice mayor, Sylvia Ferguson -- formerly Sylvia Poitier. But the same firm dismissed three other ethics complaints against Ferguson, saying they failed the "prima ... More >>

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    June 23, 2009

    Deerfield Beach Vice Mayor Ditches Name, Still Can't Shake Blogger

    Deerfield Beach's vice mayor, formerly known as Sylvia Poitier, is now going with her maiden name, Ferguson. The move, which she mentioned in her remarks at last week's meeting, as seen above, comes amid her claiming to have been "defamed" by Acts of Sedition blogger Chaz Stevens, who yesterday file ... More >>

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    June 17, 2009

    In Deerfield Beach, a Ninja Strikes

    Flickr User: brunkfordbraunLast night the Deerfield Beach City Commission conducted a seminar on how not to deal with a buzzing gadfly. Chaz Stevens was deprived his chance to address the commission (by video), he inspired his nemesis Vice Mayor Sylvia Poitier to climb down from the dais to address ... More >>

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    June 16, 2009

    Deerfield Beach Commission Braces for "Crazy Train"

    Flickr user: En AmiA preview of the public comment period?On the agenda for tonight's meeting of the Deerfield Beach City Commission, under the heading "Written Requests," there looms an ominous entry: Chaz Stevens will address the city's elected leaders on "myriad topics." Among the myriad topics ... More >>

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    June 12, 2009

    Vice Mayor on Hit List for Deerfield Beach Hit Man

    deerfield-beach.comSylvia PoitierSylvia Poitier should have known she was being watched. If not by criminal investigators, then at least by the guy in Deerfield Beach who tends to show them the way. "Mark this day -- mark this day well" is the characteristically immodest headline for yesterday's blo ... More >>

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    January 1, 2009
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