Dozens of the world’s top entertainers, from Judy Garland to Frank Sinatra, performed in its famed Napolean Ballroom. JFK stayed at the hotel and also appeared in the ballroom giving a speech four days before his assassination. But what really put the Deauville on the world map forever was the performance of The Beatles there on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 16, 1964, witnessed by an estimated 70 million U.S. television viewers. It was “a really big shew”.
Appallingly, however – despite the Deauville being the most significant Beatles landmark in all of Florida – the hotel’s owners and managers (Richard, Belinda, and Homer Meruelo/aka the Blue Meanies) are selfishly letting the hotel decay in what the City of Miami Beach has described in a lawsuit against them as “demolition by neglect”.