High Stakes in Miami Beach

Miami Beach Historic District

The Breakwater, one of my favorite Art Deco buildings in South Beach.

Since the days of Barbara Capitman the City of Miami has been at odds with preservationists.
Years later, city officials accepted a bribe and tried in vain to stop the restoration of the The Coral Rock House.

The Coral Rock House.

The Coral Rock House.

 

Poster

Miami Design Preservation Leaugue poster rallying the community.

 

Restored Coral Rock House.

Restored Coral Rock House.

Recently the city accepted a proposal to build a retail building in the courtyard of the historic Community Church on Lincoln Road. Now, the City of Miami Beach is accepting a proposal to build and lease an 800 room convention hotel in Miami Beach. The city claims it is losing out on business and dealing with horrific traffic because it does not have a convention hotel. The proposed hotel will raze a historic Henry Hohauser building and destroy the character of the historic district nearby. While there are high rises in Miami Beach, most are ocean front like the historic Art Deco Delano. The proposed 22 plus story convention hotel does not appear to have any Art Deco sensibilities.

Citizens are weighing on the proposed convention hotel with a vote on March 15.

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