Deauville Resort, Abandoned Since July, May Be Investigated For Demolition By Neglect

Miami Beach is considering a “demolition by neglect” investigation at the Deauville Resort.

The hotel has been vacant since a fire in July 2017. No serious construction activity has taken place since then, although permits were applied for, a city memo states.

Built in 1957, the property is protected by the city as part of the North Beach Historic District. It was made famous in the 1960s when the Beatles performed there on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Under Miami Beach law, in cases where demolition by neglect is suspected, the city may enter a historic property for inspection after providing 48 hours notice. Necessary repairs can then be demanded of the owner.

Miami Beach’s Land Use and Development Committee will discuss the issue on April 4.

Hotels in Miami were at or near the top nationally for room rates and occupancy this winter.

 

(photo: phillip pessar, taken february 2018)

 

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History matters
3 years ago

The Deauville should be restored.

Rigo
3 years ago

I agree. In general, I think the HPB and preservationists are overreaching and a net negative for the Miami Beach. Way too much power. But in this case, the Deauville is one of the few properties where they should put up a fight. The problem is that this property is massive and will cost a fortune ($200mm+??) to renovate properly. Who will pay? If the city can make it too expensive for the current owner to hold (violations, etc.) and force a sale, then maybe someone with the will and cash to restore this property will come in. I can’t think of anything more important for North Beach than dealing with this…

Gene
3 years ago

Yes, it should be restored- beautiful design and a rich history. The owner clearly has other ideas. Shameful.

TheTruth
3 years ago

Four words: Slick Move by Owership

TheTruth
3 years ago

Ownership**

mondocondo
3 years ago

Owners are the Meruelos, so no surprise here. Cheers.

marc
3 years ago

Exactly what I was thinking. Shenanigans

TheBigP
3 years ago

Actually–I feel the entire property is worth a full renovation. The Mid-Century elements are fantastic and should be preserved… not “updated” as many properties have done. A perfect location; I wish I had the funding to take it on!

The hardest thing to do and maintain originality is meeting the current ADA standards. Too much change will force the over-the-top ADA codes that have just gotten silly.

If a full cost-effective reno and the ability to maintain a mid-price point on the tariffs–it would be a top-selling property! Regular people need a place to hotel as well as the wealthy!

From an old friend that worked on the property kept referring to the owner as “she”… I wonder what kind of “company” owns/ran it? There are so many great possibilities for the grand Deauville Resort! (First thing is to remove that hideous sign that was added… NOT original or fitting!)

Anonymous
3 years ago

Some units in the building were sold as condos…what happens to them??

Anonymous
3 years ago

Hope they do something nice in it’s place

The builder
3 years ago

Let the Hard Rock buy it and do a hard rock hotel and resort there.. since now there headquarters are in south Florida

Jjj
2 years ago

The problem is that the city officials are some how helping this people to get away
With the demolition, money talks bs walks
Let’s look at the elected officials where it came from.
Let’s wait and see in a couple years we will know.
Years ago a building around 65 and Collins was protected, but one day an electrical fire in the last floor forced the fire fighters to dump a lot a water and supposedly that water cause de damaged
To floor below, so they had to demolish the building
I don’t know if it was an electrical fire o it was a rumor, but the funny thing was that the building didn’t have any power.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Are you referring to The Belaire Hotel demolished in 1999.?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Demolish it.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Can’t, it’s protected.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Let them save the entry curves.. demolish everything else and re-build a beautiful resort.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Fine. But make them rebuild the exact same.

Anonymous
3 years ago

They did it to the McAllister building back in 1999 on Lincoln. It mysteriously fell down after demolition permits weren’t granted. City made them rebuild it. Unfortunately, Conrad and Nike paid off the architect to lose the historical imagery he used as the basis for the redesign and conseuqently Comras & Co were allowed to demolish the reproduction to build the soulless Nike bldg now standing. Lesson learned- never let them tear it down..,force the renovation and restoration or lose it forever.