Miami Beach Preservationists Going Head to Head with Celebrities for Property

by Isaac Benmergui, Esq on July 31, 2013

RedCarpetHistorical preservationists are digging in their heels to protect some of Miami Beach’s quietest and most historic neighborhoods along a chain of small islands connected by a causeway. Communities dotted with property dating back 50 and 60 years ago are being torn down and replaced by new and upcoming celebrities and preservationists are doing everything they can to halt the progress.  

The Miami Design Preservation League, formed 30 years ago in an effort to convince Miami Beach to preserve its Art Deco-era hotels, has turned its attention on the historic homes in Miami Beach’s neighborhoods. Developers turned their attention to the area’s neighborhoods as soon as the real estate market began to heat up. Homes along the water, especially are considered tear-downs whether historic or not.

It used to be there were no more than two or three demolitions a year in residential neighborhoods. But that has changed in recent years. In 2012, there were 24, and in 2013, the expected number is 29.

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