Other Sources of Information:
Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser
City of Miami Beach Planning Department records
Miami Design Preservation League records
From the Hotel's Website: In 1995 the original Royal Palm and the adjoining Shorecrest hotel (built in 1940), both in run down condition, were purchased by the City of Miami Beach in order to preserve them for future renovation, once a private developer could be found.
The very next year, 1996, the two properties were sold by the City of Miami Beach to African-American developer R. Donahue Peebles. The front half of the Shorecrest was fully restored, while its rear half had to be demolished to make way for the expansion plans.
From 1998-2002 Mr. Peebles and his company rebuilt and expanded the Royal Palm. The expansion included the construction of two brand new modern high-rise towers; the first one located right behind the original front-half of the Shorecrest hotel and the second one directy behind the front half of the Royal Palm itself; thus creating a multi-structure hotel complex of almost 400 rooms. The reopening in 2002 also made history as the first ever black-owned hotel in Miami Beach. The builder is recorded as Harry H. Sayle. The architect is recorded as Donald G. Smith.