The Miami Beach Land Use and Development committee will consider a recommendation by Commissioner Jonah Wolfson to prohibit the involuntary historic designation of single family homes.
The commission on Wednesday agreed to send the recommendation to the committee, which meets Feb. 13.
Preservationists have recently vowed to ramp up efforts to save single-family homes from demolition after Leonard Hochstein and his wife Lisa Hochstein, one of the cast members of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Miami, petitioned to tear down a 1920s Star Island home and build their dream mansion in its place.
The Miami Design Preservation League countered by submitting an application to designate the home as historic, and spare it from bulldozers.
Wolfson said it’s unfair to designate someone’s home as historic just because “other folks want to look at it.”
Mayor Matti Herrera Bower said it’s not about aesthetics, but the “character of the neighborhood.”