FORT LAUDERDALE -- -- What do you get for the man who has virtually everything? How about having the city name a street after him.
That's just what lobbyist James Blosser did for his friend, business magnate H. Wayne Huizenga, who will celebrate his 75th birthday on Dec. 29. Blosser picked a road in Huizenga's Rio Vista neighborhood as the perfect gift.
The road -- Southeast Ninth Street between Federal Highway and Cordova Road -- already had the secondary name of El Vedado Drive, approved by the commission in 2001 for historic reasons. Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to eliminate El Vedado Drive and change the secondary name to Wayne Huizenga Boulevard.
Blosser has agreed to cover the costs associated with new street signs. Each sign costs about $300 to install. Ninth Street will remain the primary designation, so residents' addresses won't be affected.
"I thought it was a small token of appreciation for what he's done," Blosser said of the man who brought us Waste Management and Blockbuster video stores, and who once owned the Marlins, Dolphins and Panthers at the same time. "He drives that street every day."
Although there's no official city policy on naming streets after living people, the commission has done so occasionally in the past.
The Rio Vista Civic Association provided a letter saying it wasn't opposed to the name change.
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