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Miami Beach moves to create North Beach Historic Districts

The Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board on Tuesday recommended creating two local historic districts in the city’s North Beach neighborhood. Now it’s up to the Miami Beach City Commission, which will likely begin discussions on the creating the districts at its monthly meeting next week.

Discussions about creating local historic districts in North Beach, the part of the city that stretches from 63rd Street to 87th Terrace and between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay, have been going on for several years, but it was only after the city commissioned a 189-page master plan from town planners Dover Kohl earlier this year that the city began drawing up plans for the two districts.

Much of the area already lies within a National Register Historic District, but preservationists and other neighborhood activists have argued that many of the old buildings that make up the district can still be demolished and can only be protected by the creation of a local historic district, which would require the historic preservation board to review any plans to alter or demolish buildings.

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