MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A once-luxurious Miami Beach hotel that housed the Beatles and President John F. Kennedy during its heyday in the 1960s was imploded Sunday after falling into disrepair and abandonment in recent years .
The 17-story Deauville Hotel collapsed after a series of explosions, kicking up a large cloud of dust. The hotel was built in 1957 and Kennedy addressed the Young Democrats convention there in 1961.
The Beatles performed there in 1964 and recorded six songs for The Ed Sullivan Show, which drew an estimated television audience of 70 million people. Celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones and Sammy Davis Jr. have 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 owned the hotel have stolen millions of dollars in fines for various code violations.
It is unclear what will happen to the lot.
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, a billionaire New York developer, wanted to buy the property and build a 107-foot hotel and condominium tower, but that plan is hanging in the balance. The area has an elevation limit of 61 meters (200 feet) and a city ballot measure that would have allowed construction to stall on Tuesday.
City officials say Ross may still be interested in buying the property if an alternative plan can be worked out.
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