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ter the board elected Bob Vila chair­man and Michael B. Small vice chair­man. They are fill­ing the seats va­cated by Richard Sam­mons and Ann L. Van­neck, whose terms ex­pired last month.

“We’re not propos­ing to save any of the hard­scape or struc­tures,” said land­scape de­signer Keith Wil­liams of Niev­era Wil­liams De­sign, who pre­sented the re­quest to com­mis­sion­ers along with real es­tate at­tor­ney Maura Ziska.

Sell­ers some­times will sub­mit a de­mo­li­tion re­quest prior to a sale to ease the path for a buyer. The sales list­ing for the Mont­gomery es­tate in the Palm Beach Board of Real­tors doesn’t in­di­cate if a buyer has signed a con­tract for the prop­erty, a search Wed­nes­day showed.

Cor­co­ran Group bro­ker Bill Yahn, who has the list­ing, de­clined to com­ment on the de­mo­li­tion ap­proval. For­mer Cor­co­ran agent Jim McCann of Premier Es­tate Prop­er­ties is work­ing with Cor­co­ran to show the prop­erty. McCann couldn’t be reached.

The prop­erty has 300 feet of beach­front and nearly the same amount of frontage on the In­tra­coastal Wa­ter­way, ac­cord­ing to the sales list­ing. Chris­tened “Sans Souci” — French for “without care or wor­ries” — by the Mont­gomerys, the es­tate is about 1½ miles south of Mar-a-Lago.

In ad­di­tion to the main house, the seven-bed­room prop­erty in­cludes a guest house and other out­build­ings set amid land­scaped grounds with mul­ti­ple wa­ter fea­tures and ponds. Among the out­door ameni­ties are a swim­ming pool and a lap pool. The Mont­gomerys bought the prop­erty for $3.25 mil­lion in 1988, prop­erty records show, and over­hauled the res­i­dence.

The orig­i­nal 1922 house was de­signed by noted so­ci­ety ar­chi­tect Ad­di­son Mizner and was land­marked by the town in 1979, af­ter it had fallen into dis­re­pair. In 1990, the town re­scinded the land­mark des­ig­na­tion be­cause of­fi­cials agreed that it had been so al­tered that it no longer met the des­ig­na­tion cri­te­ria.

“It’s got that Mizner name at­tached to it, which makes it dif­fi­cult to do what we have to do,” Vila said.

Vila was re­fer­ring to rules that pro­vide no lee­way for com­mis­sion­ers to deny a de­mo­li­tion re­quest if a prop­erty isn’t land­marked or un­der con­sid­er­a­tion for land­mark­ing.

Mary Mont­gomery has been the fo­cus of a con­tentious le­gal bat­tle be­tween her court-ap­pointed guardians and her daugh­ter, Court­nay Mont­gomery.

At­tor­ney Mitch Kitroser said in Septem­ber that the de­ci­sion to sell the home was made by the trus­tees of the se­nior’s es­tate.

“The co-guardians de­ter­mined that the Palm Beach home is no longer the best lo­ca­tion for Mrs. Mont­gomery,” Kitroser said. Bob Mont­gomery, who died in 2008, is best known for lit­i­gat­ing the case that re­sulted in a land­mark 1997 set­tle­ment re­quir­ing to­bacco com­pa­nies to pay the state of Florida $11.3 bil­lion.

Also on Wed­nes­day, Dan Flo­er­sheimer joined the com­mis­sion as an al­ter­nate mem­ber, tak­ing the seat va­cated when John David Corey moved up to be­come a full vot­ing mem­ber. Com­mis­sioner Nikita Zukov also joined the board but was ab­sent from the meet­ing.

Photo by Giles Brad­ford, Cap­, Cour­tesy of the Cor­co­ran Group

The Mont­gomery es­tate at 1800 S. Ocean Blvd., listed at $46 mil­lion since Septem­ber, stretches from the lake to the ocean. Its struc­tures were ap­proved for de­mo­li­tion by the Ar­chi­tec­tural Com­mis­sion on Wed­nes­day.

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