A luxury Miami Beach hotel that housed the Beatles and President John F. Kennedy during their heyday in the 1960s collapsed Sunday after falling into disrepair and neglect in recent years.
The 17-story Deauville hotel collapsed after a series of explosions that generated a large cloud of dust. The hotel was built in 1957 and Kennedy spoke there at the Young Democrats Convention in 1961.
The Beatles performed there in 1964, recording six songs for "The Ed Sullivan Show," drawing an estimated television audience of 70 million people. Celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones and Sammy Davis Jr. performed there.
The property fell into disrepair over the years and was closed in 2017 after an electrical fire. Miami Beach officials and the family that owns the hotel argued over millions of dollars in fines for various code violations.
It is unclear what will now happen to the lot.
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, a billionaire New York developer, wanted to buy the property and build a 350-foot-tall (107-meter-tall) hotel and condo tower, but that plan is in limbo. The area has a 200-foot (61-meter) height limit and a city ballot measure that would have allowed construction to fail Tuesday.
City officials say Ross may still be interested in buying the lot if an alternative plan can be worked out.
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