As an enthusiastic tennis fan and admirer of the Matheson history of preserving public land, I was disappointed to read about the final legal decision concerning proposed plans to expand the tennis facilities at Crandon Park, which are needed to retain the Miami Open tennis tournament. This is an internationally prestigious event that brings revenue, visitors and positive attention to Miami.
Years ago, when I first volunteered at the tournament, I parked in a lot that had been a garbage dump prior to the land being developed. Would you want to preserve that garbage dump or see a beautiful public tennis center where everyone can play throughout the year except for two weeks when the professionals take the courts?
The tennis tournament, undoubtedly, will now leave Miami. Unfortunately, this time the Mathesons did not act in the best interest of our city.
Marian Turk, Miami Beach
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