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West Palm Valentine: 1515 Flagler implosion.

Valentine's Day will gladden the hearts of even the loneliest West Palm Beach residents when the longstanding skyline eyesore at 1515 Flagler Drive, a 30-story, hurricane damaged, uninhabited condo tower, is destroyed. Advanced Explosive Demolition of St. Maries, Idaho will handle the job, which will be the third-tallest building in the United States to be destroyed by a controlled implosion, according to Eric Kelly, the company president. The 1974 tower was ravaged by two hurricanes in 2004 and its residents were permanently removed. A slew of legal and financial issues over the building and the site have delayed the demo job, but all regulatory approvals are now in place and the work will proceed at 9 a.m. on Feb. 14. The destruction is expected to take 6.5 seconds, and inspired Palm Beach resident Cathleen McFarlane Ross, 73, to host a benefit party for friends, who can watch implosion across the Intracoastal Waterway from her Palm Beach mansion on Worth Avenue. She plans to serve Bloody Marys and request a minimum $25 donation to help Haiti. [Palm Beach Post] and [Palm Beach Post]
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Publication:The Real Deal
Date:Feb 8, 2010
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