(MIAMI BEACH, FLA) — The historic Deauville Hotel that hosted The Beatles, President John F Kennedy, and Frank Sinatra was demolished Sunday morning after the building was deemed to be unsafe, according to reports.
The hotel was built in 1957, progressively falling into abandonment and disrepair as time passed, closing in 2017 after an electrical fire.
The owners of the property allegedly underwent millions of dollars in fines for code violations.
Contractors reportedly prepared for the demolishment by drilling more than 1,200 holes, according to sources.
Miami Dolphins owner and billionaire New York developer Stephen Ross expressed interest in purchasing the property, with intent to build a 350-foot-tall (107-meter-tall) hotel and condo tower. It is unclear whether the proposition will go through, as the area has a 200-foot (61-meter) height limit, according to city officials.
The demolition happened shortly after 8 a.m.