by Roxanne Vargas
In the 1950s, the Bal Harbour Sheraton south of Miami was considered America's Riviera, a playground for the rich, famous and privileged.
On Sunday, that era came crumbling down in a spectacular implosion.
The hotel, which served guests like John F. Kennedy, Frank Sinatra and Ed Sullivan, is no more.
In a matter of seconds, and with a few loud booms, the 650-room hotel was on the ground, sending a ball of dust over South Florida.
Some had fought to have the hotel named a historic landmark.
It was designed by Morris Lapidus, a famous architect who dubbed his creation "Americana."
But through the years and the many renovations, there was little left of the hotel's original grandeur.