Historic Deauville Beach Resort, beyond repair, ready for demolition – NBC 6 South Florida

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Miami Beach officials are expected to move forward with the demolition of the historic Deauville Beach Resort, calling the hotel where the Beatles performed beyond repair.

For years, city leaders have said the owners of Deauville were more concerned with selling than preserving the historic property, allowing it to crumble until the only option left was to demolish it.

“We’re not going to let them be the kids who kill their parents and beg for mercy because they’re orphans,” Mayor Dan Gelber said.

Last week, the owners gave the city a structural report saying the building was beyond repair and needed to be demolished before the start of the 2022 hurricane season. The city expects to approve it, but noted that the future construction plans must be identical to those of the former hotel where the Beatles played in 1964.

“This new structure will need to have the same massing, size and historical characteristics as the one that was forced to be demolished,” Gelber said.

“Even if it’s some elements of the ground floor, the ballroom, or the signage, I think it’s important to the Miami Beach community,” Commissioner Steven Meiner said.

The hotel closed in 2017 after faulty wiring caused a fire. In April of the same year, the owners failed to submit a 40-year re-certification.

Three years later, the beach boardwalk behind the property was closed shortly after debris fell from the building, and in 2020 the city began imposing fines for “failure to prevent negligent demolition”.

“This is a building where the Beatles first performed on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, it’s hosted many dignitaries and events over the years, and it means a lot to the neighborhood,” said Daniel Ciraldo of Miami Design. . Preservation League.

In the past, the owners have said that lawsuits and insurance issues have prevented them from renovating – a claim denied by city officials.

The owners of the Deauville did not respond to NBC 6’s requests for comment. The city and the owners’ group representative are scheduled to meet on Tuesday.

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