Headed down Collins Ave. yesterday, we caught a glimpse of the Gale South Beach's huge new roof deck, currently in a flurry of construction for a December opening. The hotel, which is at this very moment asking for a modification to its application with the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board (the meeting was scheduled for 9 a.m. this morning), has gone all out up on top, merging the historic L. Murray Dixon designed Gale and Regent hotels (the Gale is a Dixon from 1941, but we're not totally sure about the Regent) with a roof deck that looks more appropriate on a cruise ship than the west side of Collins Avenue.
What can we expect up on the top deck? Well, apparently it's 8,000 square feet, with an infinity pool, possibly a second pool, and an Italian Riviera theme. (It may be the size of the riviera too) It'll have city and "ocean" views. (probably the sliver of sea down 17th street, between the Delano and the SLS) and a row of full-sized palm trees. Down below, the Gale itself will have 89 rooms, three restaurants, and a basement lounge. And all that may just be the beginning. What Gale-licious surprises are in store if the HP Board decides in their favor today? Here's a clue from the meeting agenda:
Specifically the applicant is requesting an increased occupant load for a basement lounge, modifications to the roof levels of the buildings, the ability to host special events with entertainment on the roof-top, modifications to the hours of roof-top commercial uses, and modifications to allow the serving of alcohol at exterior tables. Until we know if the SS Gale is getting what it wants, take a closer look at the Lido Deck so far: