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Pressure Builds to Tear Down Abandoned Historic Hotels Article By Kevin Bouffard THE LEDGER SEBRING | In its heyday, Harder Hall hotel in Sebring was known by the matriarchal nickname “the pink lady.” The 86-year-old Highlands County landmark still appears matriarchal from the outside, but it is slowly deteriorating on the inside from nearly three decades of disuse. A more common nickname today is “pink elephant,” a play on ”white elephant,” a possession difficult to dispose. Whatever the color, many communities across Florida have faced the same issue of preserving historic downtown hotels or tearing them down. In Polk County, that includes Lakeland’s Terrace Hotel and the former Regency Hotel, now Lake Mirror Tower; Grand Hotel in Lake Wales; and Polk Hotel in Haines City. The Lakeland and Haines City hotels got new life after many calls for their demolition. The Sebring and Lake Wales hotels have avoided the wrecking ball ...

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