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'Festivus' pole placed in Capitol

Pam Olsen, organizer behind the Nativity set up in the Capitol rotunda last week, welcomes Chaz Stevens and his "Festivus" pole on Wednesday. Photo by Bill Cotterell.

A "Festivus" pole made of 16 beer cans took its place next to a "freedom from religion" banner Wednesday in the rotunda of the Florida Capitol.

Chaz Stevens, who assembled the marker and got Department of Management Services permission to add it to holiday symbols on the Capitol's first floor, said he made the seven-hour drive from his Deerfield Beach home in response to the placement of a Nativity scene last week. A 10-foot menorah was also displayed during Hannukah.

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