Demolition of 1918 home approved by Fort Lauderdale commission

Home being built in Sailboat Bend
Home being built in Sailboat Bend

Commissioners approved the demolition of a once-historic 1918 home in Fort Lauderdale’s Sailboat Bend Historic District on Tuesday.

Commissioners sided with the property owner, whose consultants said the home’s historic value had been demolished decades ago through hurricane damage, flooding and construction projects, according to published reports.

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Preservationists at the meeting said the Rivermont House along the New River has historic value despite its condition, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Regardless, commissioners said adequate precautions must be taken so that the demolition doesn’t disturb a centuries-old Indian mound. [Sun Sentinel]Katherine Kallergis