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Commission won't leave tennis players courtless

Published Oct. 13, 2005

Five tennis courts at the Bayfront Tennis Complex won't be removed until others can be built, city commissioners decided Thursday night. About 25 tennis players came to the commission meeting to protest the proposal to remove the north concrete courts at Pierce Boulevard and Cleveland Street. "There are a lot of tennis players in this city who are very attached to these courts," said Elizabeth Moon, who leads a tennis group that for eight years has played on the courts from 2:30 p.m. till dark Tuesdays and Thursdays. The commission had discussed building three asphalt courts on the south end of the complex, but City Attorney Al Galbraith said voters would have to approve the construction, delaying the replacement by months. Several residents, including Moon, also protested replacing five courts with only three, saying that would leave many people without a place to play during peak hours.