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 >>
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 >>
Broward Sheriff's OfficeSylvia PoitierAssistant State Attorney David Schulson, a prosecutor with a history of handling public corruption crimes, has been assigned to the criminal case of Deerfield Beach Commissioner Sylvia Poitier.As you may recall, Poitier faces misdemeanor charges for falsifyi ... More >>
Steve GonotSteve Gonot, the former Deerfield Beach commissioner convicted in May of stealing campaign funds and of misconduct charges, was sentenced today to one year in jail.Gonot will be posting $20,000 bond to stay out of jail while the appeals process plays out. He was also sentenced to five ... More >>
If you live in District 2 of Deerfield Beach, today is Election Day.Thanks to the fact that the last commissioner, Sylvia Poitier, has been suspended for allegedly falsifying public records a few times, today's special election will find someone to replace her for the rest of her term -- which en ... More >>
Steve GonotSteve Gonot, the former Deerfield Beach Commissioner convicted in May of stealing campaign funds and misconduct charges, was denied a new trial this morning.Broward County Circuit Judge Barbara McCarthy denied Gonot's request, and maintained the scheduled sentencing for June 20.Gon ... More >>
cousinsusa.comThree former Deerfield Beach politicians -- Commissioners Steve Gonot and Sylvia Poitier, as well as Mayor Al Capellini -- will all be spending time in Broward courthouses this month.Gonot was convicted last month of submitting a false campaign report, a felony that carries a penal ... More >>
The most resounding message sent by the conviction of former Deerfield Beach Commissioner Steve Gonot is this: Not this time, Stephanie.Juries, at least those in Broward County, don't buy politicians' convoluted explanations for apparent wrongdoing. So those of you now facing corruption char ... More >>
Very soon (today, supposedly), posts will appear on this blog authored by strange names like "Lisa Rab," "Stefan Kamph," "Michael Cohen," and "Brandon K. Thorp." Well, they aren't that strange -- those of you who read the Juice blog already know the work of these fine reporters, so it won't be ... More >>
deerfield-beach.comPeggy NolandA few hours before she takes her place at the dais and asks commissioners to strike down the Deerfield Beach ethics code, Mayor Peggy Noland rolled a shopping cart through the aisles of Winn-Dixie and spoke with Juice about why the code has to go. In short, because ... More >>
deerfield-beach.comBill GanzDeerfield Beach Commissioner Bill Ganz is entering his sixth month in office, and he still finds his colleagues unpredictable. He thought the city's ethics code was safe. "I was as surprised and dismayed as anybody to find out it was on the agenda to be repealed," he s ... More >>
Judging by this agenda item for Tuesday's meeting, Deerfield Beach commissioners are ready to fling their ethics code out the window after just two and a half months. The idea belongs to Mayor Peggy Noland, who needs an ethics code worse than Michael Beasley needs a Twitter editor.The paper-thin exc ... More >>
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 >>
BoinisThe Pulp's Asshole of the Week (so I stole an idea from Larry Flynt, what are you gonna do, shoot me?) is Pete Boinis. He's the guy that cordoned off his swath of land next to the Deerfield Beach Pier with a bunch of poles and then had "No Trespassing" sign ... More >>
The brains of the operation 8:31 Welcome to the Juice muni elections liveblog. I will be doing the play-by-play. At my left is the color commentator, a highly flatulent greyhound who somehow managed to cast a ballot (for Al Capellini, natch) and has been flaunting her "My Vote Counted" sticker to al ... More >>
Poor, poor Peter Boinis. He's the restaurateur who somehow (*cough-campaign donations-cough*) convinced a few Deerfield Beach commissioners that it was a good idea to lease him its pier for just $150,000 per year so that he could build a restaurant there. A burst of city activism derailed that plan ... More >>
Deerfield Beach is still reeling after last week's arrests of Mayor Al Capellini and Commissioner Steve Gonot. Residents keep calling the Juice newsroom with the same questions, and we'll answer them here.1) No, tomorrow's meeting of the Deerfield Beach City Commission will not take place at Broward ... More >>
So rumors are out there about the State Attorney's Office investigation of Deerfield Beach Mayor Al Capellini. Word is that an FDLE probe of his political nemesis and challenger for the mayor's chair, Commissioner Steve Gonot, has also been forwarded to the State Attorney's Office for a decision. T ... More >>
Well, my timing was exquisite but I focused on the wrong politician. Steve Gonot, according to the Deerfield Advocate blog, has resigned his office this morning, apparently as part of a plea deal with the State Attorney's Office. NEW: He has been booked into jail (mugshot at right). ... More >>
The deadline for filing to run in the March election is January 9 -- and Deerfield Mayor Al Capellini, who has filed early and often during his two-plus decades in office -- has yet to open his campaign. This is highly unusual and rumors abound that ... More >>
Al Capellini takes the Nixon route against his rival on the commission
Saint Aaron to the rescue in Haiti
Bullets are flying and young men are dying in Deerfield's street war between Haitians and African-Americans
Capellini's a lame duck after New Times investigation, says a commissioner.
In Deerfield, when you're in, you're really in. And the mayor is really in.
Steve Gonot tries to cure Deerfield Beach of a political sickness.
Radio right-winger Doug Goetzloe tries another political hit for Internet ratings.