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The Miami Screaming Eagles began as one of the twelve charter members of the World Hockey Association. President/Managing General Partner Herb Martin developed a unique plan to build an arena within the walls of four office buildings to create the Executive Square Arena. This new arena was to have been a showcase for the new league. The WHA had even planned to open their season October 6, 1972 by hosting the Winnipeg Jets in the new arena. Martin's plan for his hockey team centered around luring two key players to Miami: goaltender Bernie Parent, then of the Toronto Maple Leafs and center, Derek Sanderson of the NHL's Boston Bruins. But his big dreams all started to fall apart when construction of the proposed arena was halted. Dade County cited failure to comply with a zoning ordinance which requires one parking spot for every four seats in the arena. At a league meeting in Chicago, the WHA would not accept Miami's $100,000 performance bond because of the lack of a arena to open the season. On April 28, 1972, the President of the WHA, Gary Davidson notified Herb Martin via registered mail that his club's franchise agreemnent in the new league had been terminated and that the Miami Screaming Eagles were no longer members of the WHA.