But the fact remains, there's a lot of history to this restoration — especially considering what she ultimately stands for in the greater scheme of our Bridge — and the beauty of this building is far more than skin deep.
Then again, there's a lot of history here beyond what she represents to us as Scientologists. By way of example, when she originally opened in 1926, they called her "the Aristocrat of Southern Florida Hotels" and described her as a "picturesque edifice" known all up and down the coast.
They also described her as the toast of this city, and an ever-bustling hub of wedding receptions, fashion shows, bridge teas and Rotary Club functions. She additionally saw no inconsiderable parade of luminaries. In the 60s and 70s the Phillies used to stay here during Spring Training and bribed the doormen with signature baseballs to keep mum when they entered after hours with a touch of "sherry" on their breath. Even earlier, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Buddy Rich all performed in our ballroom. Although the 588th Army Airborne Band was prohibited from practicing on the roof.
Then again, according to rock n' roll legend – after cops prematurely shut down a Rolling Stones concert in Tampa, Keith Richards retired to a suite up there and wrote the immortal 60s anthem, "I Can't Get No Satisfaction."