The Miami Beach hotel that hosted JFK and the Beatles imploded | national news
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A once luxurious Miami Beach hotel that hosted the Beatles and President John F. Kennedy in its 1960s heyday imploded on Sunday after falling into disrepair and abandonment in recent years.
The 17-storey Deauville Hotel collapsed after a series of explosions triggered, kicking up a large cloud of dust. The hotel was built in 1957 and Kennedy addressed the Young Democratic Convention there in 1961.
The Beatles performed there in 1964, recording six songs for “The Ed Sullivan Show”, attracting an estimated TV audience of 70 million. Celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones and Sammy Davis Jr. have performed there.
The property has fallen into disrepair over the years and was closed in 2017 after an electrical fire. Miami Beach officials and the family that own the hotel have been battling it out over millions of dollars in fines for various code violations.
It is unclear what will now happen with the lot.
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, a billionaire developer from New York, wanted to buy the property and build a 350-foot (107-meter) hotel and condo tower, but that plan is in limbo. The area has a height limit of 200 feet (61 meters) and a city ballot measure that would have allowed construction to fail on Tuesday.
City officials say Ross may still be interested in purchasing the land if another plan can be worked out.
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