Howard Johnson Hotel at Fort Lauderdale Beach Demolished

The former beachfront Howard Johnson Hotel was demolished Wednesday as developers are set to put up a luxury condominium in its place

By Bobby Brooks and Brian Hamacher
|  Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014  |  Updated 1:09 PM EDT
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The former beachfront Howard Johnson Hotel was demolished Wednesday as developers are set to put up a luxury condominium in its place.

The former beachfront Howard Johnson Hotel was demolished Wednesday as developers are set to put up a luxury condominium in its place.

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Fort Lauderdale Beach's Howard Johnson Hotel Demolished

The former beachfront Howard Johnson Hotel was demolished Wednesday as developers are set to put up a luxury condominium in its place.
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The former beachfront Howard Johnson Hotel was demolished Wednesday as developers are set to put up a luxury condominium in its place.

Construction crews began tearing down the hotel at 700 North Atlantic Boulevard at 8 a.m.

Hundreds showed up to watch the building come down, which ended up taking just a few seconds once all the equipment was set.

"Without warning it came on down, it was pretty neat," Steve Bauer said.

The demolition did create a cloud of dust that blanketed a few hotels, condo buildings and nearby cars, but the company provided free car washes to motorists.

In it's place will go an 18-story, 95-residence tower, the Paramount Fort Lauderdale Beach.


Developers say the Paramount will be the first true residential condo on the beach in a decade, and will feature full-service resort amenities including a private pool, spa, cabanas, gym and restaurant.

Units will range from 1,930 to 3,477 square feet, with the price tag starting at $1 million.

"When you get about maybe 95 luxury units in there I think it’s going to help support the economy," Fort Lauderdale resident David Wood said.

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