The future of Deauville Beach Resort will now be in the hands of voters after the Miami Beach Commission voted to put the measure on the November ballot.
Voters will decide whether or not they support a larger development, a major increase in the floor area ratio, on the current resort site.
“Hopefully people will see the light of day and see how good the impact could be for everyone,” said developer Stephen Ross.
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has purchased the site and is proposing a two-tower development featuring a six-star hotel and luxury residences.
The project will be designed by architect Frank Gehry.
“I’m really excited because I think we’re really creating a new and very special story in our city. We hope this Deauville site will become one of the great buildings in the world,” said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber.
The decaying Deauville is set to be demolished after being declared an unsafe structure. The owners of the hotel were sued by the city for failing to make the necessary repairs.
“The reality is that if we don’t turn a really bad situation into what I think is an incredible situation, we will definitely be looking at potentially desolate ground and potentially for years, potentially for decades,” commissioner Ricky Arriola said.
Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez voted against putting this broader development element on the ballot.
“Today, by putting this on the ballot, we’re basically saying our laws don’t matter. Don’t respect us. Our laws don’t matter and preservation doesn’t matter. importance,” Rosen Gonzalez said.