November 18th, 2015
The Miami-Dade County Historic Designation Board voted to not pursue historic designation for the Church by the Sea in Bal Harbour. According to the article in the Miami Herald, the church was built in the 1940s. However, the Miami-Dade Property Appraiser indicates that the church was built in 1952.
The Designation Board voted 6 – 3 to not pursue historic designation. The county’s preservation chief, Kathleen Kauffman, cited a strict special preservation criteria which precludes any church from designation that doesn’t have “unusual architectural merit”. Kauffman stated that the church’s architecture did not stand out sufficiently. Read the article at the Miami Herald