Preservation Board asks independent engineers to inspect Deauville Resort – NBC 6 South Florida
The Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board on Tuesday asked the city to hire an independent structural engineer to examine the Deauville Beach Resort in the hopes that something can be done to prevent a complete demolition.
The council’s request was in response to the city manager saying a demolition order would be issued once the city verified a structural report submitted by the owners who found the place beyond repair.
“I think our building manager is in a difficult situation,” said Commissioner Steven Meiner. “We now have an engineering report that says this is a danger to public safety and requires almost immediate demolition before hurricane season.”
The find did not surprise city leaders and conservation advocates, who say the owners were more concerned with selling the hotel than preserving it.
Board members sharply criticized the city for not doing more to force renovations to the historic property where the Beatles performed and where President John F. Kennedy once spoke to Young Democrats.
“Now we’re talking about saving trinkets from the building, which is absolutely pathetic,” Historic Preservation Board Chairman Jack Finglass said at the meeting. “It’s shanda over town that she got to this point.”
An attorney for the owners said he met the city on Tuesday and worked on plans to redevelop the hotel.
Miami Beach officials are expected to move forward with the demolition of the historic Deauville Beach Resort, calling it “beyond repair.” NBC’s Carlos Suarez Reports 6
The city said a new building must be the same height, square footage, and general shape as the existing property.
“We are a quasi-judicial council and we are limited in our powers, but this is a huge problem and I see a real tendency to lose integrity and what makes Miami Beach so special,” said Laura Weinstein of Miami Beach. . Beach Historic Preservation Board.
Whether the city commissions its own structural report will be up to city engineers, who will take a peek inside the property later this week. Until now, they were only allowed to visit the exteriors.
Le Deauville 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 promenade behind the property was closed for a time after the building debris fell, and in 2020 the city began issuing fines for “failing to prevent negligent demolition. “.