Miami Beach commissioners decided without discussion on Wednesday not to name the new tennis center at Flamingo Park after a convicted felon.
The new tennis center will be called the Flamingo Park Tennis Center, with no mention to Abel Holtz.
In 1983, Holtz gave the city favorable terms on a loan from his bank, Capital Bank, to renovate the city’s tennis center. He also built an adjoining tennis stadium at his own expense and donated it to the city.
In return, the center was renamed the Flamingo Park-Capital Bank Tennis Center, and the stadium was called Abel Holtz Stadium.
But in October 1994, Holtz pleaded guilty to lying to a grand jury about his secret payments to former Beach mayor Alex Daoud.
The city later decided to tear down the stadium and build a new tennis center. Initial plans were to call it the Flamingo Park Holtz Tennis Center.
Tennis lovers objected, but a city lawyer was concerned that the city might get sued based on the 1983 naming-rights contract.
But now the city says Holtz has orally agreed not to sue over the name. In exchange, commissioners agreed to include at the facility a statue of a tennis ball with a plaque in honor of the Holtz family.
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