A battle is going on concerning the preservation of a mansion sitting on Miami Beach’s Star Island. The home was built in 1925 and designed by the first registered architect in Florida. The mansion is now scheduled for demolition.
Developers are hoping to tear the home down in order to create a 20,000-square-foot estate at or near the same location. However, while reexamining whether historic homes like this can be saved, there is a push going on to save the mansion. Miami Beach officials have now held a number of meetings looking for ways to update preservation laws that would protect these mansions from being torn down and preventing certain kinds of structures from being erected.
One Boca Raton-based land trust company was named in a judgment involving hundreds of homes across Florida. The company acquired close to 100 homes in Palm Beach County and was said to have owned more than 250 properties statewide. However, the state shut the company down in September 2012 over what the Florida attorney general stated was a foreclosure-rescue scheme.
A judgment against the firm rescinded deeds that were signed over to the firm in Palm Beach County. A suit brought by the attorney general’s office in Broward County continues, however.
A proposed Florida development has been delayed by officials who say they need more time to look over project information. The information contained in the proposal was delivered by an attorney and concerns a legal dispute, property ownership and storm-water drainage. The Main Street Redevelopment Board had three board members abstaining on any vote to […]