$5 million spent on hotel renovations in South Florida
A $5-million renovation project in South Miami is coming to an end, but hotel officials say they’re not done with the renovation project.
The hotel was built in the 1920s, when it was a very popular place to stay.
It was a hotbed of the Miami Beach scene, and the area’s reputation for prostitution was still fresh.
In 2013, Miami Beach Police were called to the Hotel of the World in Miami Beach for a report of an armed robbery.
The officer was able to locate the robber and his accomplice who robbed a hotel guest.
That robbery led to a massive manhunt, and Miami Beach detectives arrested six people.
They were caught.
In the meantime, a Miami Beach woman had been robbed at gunpoint and had been taken to the hospital.
She had died a few days later.
That woman’s name is Maria Rodriguez, and she lived in the same building as the hotel.
When detectives showed up, they found Maria’s body inside the hotel suite.
They say Maria Rodriguez was shot and killed after her accomplice robbed her.
Investigators say Maria’s murder is still under investigation.