A local blogger has offered one of his poles celebrating a fake holiday from the “Seinfeld” television show to Plantation, contending the city already has a manger scene on public property.
Chaz Stevens, a Broward blogger who made international news last year when his six-foot Festivus Pole constructed of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans was permitted to be erected in the state Capitol building in Tallahassee.
In a bit of political theater to support the separation of church and state, Stevens insisted his pole be placed in the Capitol, since the state building already had a Christmas and a Hanukkah menorah displayed.
Festivus is a phony holiday from the Seinfeld show celebrated by the display of an aluminum pole.
Stevens says one of his pole’s was slated for the Capitol again this year to be displayed Dec. 15-22.
Chaz Stevens with his pole, talking to the media last holiday season
This year the state was forced to approve a Satanic Temple display in the Capitol, that state officials called “grossly offensive”:
Below is his letter to Plantation Mayor Diane Veltri-Bendekovic and city commissioners. No answer from the city yet.
From: Chaz Stevens <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, CZimmerman@plantation.org
Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 3:34:45 PM
Subject: Your very own Beer Can Festivus Pole.
Is it you, or is it beginning to feel a lot like PBR Festivus Pole?
The staff at MAOS (myactsofsedition.com) would like to donate an official Pabst Blue Ribbon Festivus Pole to the City of Plantation.
As everyone knows, last year’s Festivus Pole, proudly erected in the Florida State Capitol Rotunda, caused quite the international sensation and its coverage was featured on Fox News, the Colbert Report, Daily Show, and by hundreds of news outlets, including Time Magazine, the Washington Post, and the New Yorker.
With this donation, moving forward the City of Plantation can erect my pole and proclaim the start of the holiday season! We’d suggest the erection last longer than four hours … perhaps say from the beginning of December to New Years. We just kindly ask you plant the PBR Festivus Pole close to the Baby Jesus Motel 6 manger — both on public property — in case the little tyke needs a cold frosty one during those long lonely nights.
Get ready for the airing of grievances and feats of strength.