Half a century ago, a 200-foot line of sweaty fans snaked outside the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami Beach to watch The Beatles perform. The band reached more than 70 million viewers that night in 1964 on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and decided to stay the week at the ritzy resort on Collins Avenue in North Beach.
They made such a mark that the hotel converted part of the 12th floor into a Beatles shrine, with photographs hanging on the walls outside the rooms where they stayed.
But today, the only thing lining the outside of the long-closed Deauville is a 6-foot fence meant to keep squatters away. A giant black mesh covers the back of the hotel to keep debris from falling onto pedestrians. The mold inside is so bad that the use of a hazmat suit is advised before entry. The pool furniture is rusting away, and the palms are yellowing.