MIAMI — Once a North Beach gem in Miami Beach, the former Deauville Beach Resort has fallen on hard times in recent years.
The famous beachfront hotel on Collins Avenue hosted the Beatles for their second Ed Sullivan Show appearance in February 1964.
Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Tony Bennett and many more have played there. John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan occupied the presidential suite.
In 2017, it closed after a fire in its electrical room. The owners were then sued by the city for not having carried out the necessary repairs.
Currently being demolished, the crumbling Deauville is set to become another icon of the city’s past. But not everything can be forgotten. Miami Dolphins owner and president Stephen Ross has announced that he has purchased the site and plans to develop a world-class six-star hotel and luxury residences. The project will be designed by architect Frank Gehry and will pay homage to Deauville’s place in the history of Miami Beach.
Ross grew up in Miami Beach and graduated from Miami Beach Senior High School.
“As a Miami Beach native, this project is personal to me. I know what this site means to the people of Miami Beach, and I know the potential to create a truly special development that honors Deauville’s history while creating an iconic place for generations to come,” Ross said in a statement.
In addition to owning the Dolphins, Ross is the president and owner of the Miami Open tennis tournament and the Miami F1 Grand Prix. He also personally funded a $730 million renovation of Hard Rock Stadium.
Ross is also known for his philanthropic work. Under his leadership, the Dolphins have raised more than $45.5 million for local cancer research through the Dolphins Cancer Challenge. In June 2020, Ross and the Miami Dolphins Foundation announced a year-long food aid program with an investment of $3 million and an additional $1 million from the Lennar Foundation. He provided one thousand meals a day from Centerplate and minority-owned restaurants to local churches, community groups and those in need during the pandemic.