Thursday, October 22, 2009

Key West courthouse named after Sidney Aronovitz

Here's the Wiki entry for Judge Aronovitz, who was born in Key West. And here is the DBR article about the naming of the Key West courthouse:
President Obama signed a bill this week naming the federal courthouse in Key West for the late U.S. District Judge Sidney M. Aronovitz on recommendations from the Dade County and Key West Bar associations. Aronovitz, who died in 1997, was nominated by President Ford and served as a federal judge for more than 20 years. His career included rulings on abortion, and the cancellation of $4.6 million in fines against Key West boat owners during the Mariel boatlift. Before he became a federal judge, he served on the Miami City Commission from 1962 to 1966, becoming vice mayor in 1965. Aronovitz also was active in community organizations. He was founding chairman of the Dade County Little HUD Housing Authority and Cedars of Lebanon Hospital. His honors included a Gold Medallion award from the National Council of Christians and Jews. Aronovitz was a Key West native whose pioneering grandfather helped found the oldest Conservative Judaism synagogue in Florida in the 1880s. The courthouse that will take his name is at 301 Simonton St.

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