Tony Goldman, Wynwood and South Beach Developer, Dead at 68

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Tony Goldman and his daughter Jessica.
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Tony Goldman, founder of Goldman Properties and developer of Miami neighborhoods like South Beach and Wynwood, died in New York Tuesday. He was 68.

Starting in the 1980s, Goldman helped to transform South Beach from a low-key retirement scene into the high-end vacation destination and party place it is today. His most recent neighborhood project was Wynwood, where he persuaded the city to ease parking restrictions and ushered in arts projects like the murals at Wynwood Walls to draw the city's creatives.

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Goldman's publicist Susan Brustman confirmed to the Miami Herald that Goldman died of heart failure in a New York hospital at age 68 with his family at his side.

Goldman, who'd been a successful real estate developer and restaurateur in New York, first turned his eye on Miami during a trip in 1985. He began buying neglected Art Deco buildings in South Beach, ending up with 18 in total, and helped to transform the area into a luxury travel destination.

His next project -- revitalizing Wynwood -- began in the 2000s, when the company began buying warehouses and other properties around town. He worked with the city to make the area more visitor-friendly, and helped to make turn the once run-down community into an arts hub.

In 2011, Goldman was featured in New Times' People issue. At that time, he spoke of being captivated by Wynwood's potential.

"Being urbanites and New Yorkers -- street people -- we're not in any way intimidated by the toughness of a community," he said. "What my son and I saw there was the kind of grittiest grid system we've seen in Miami -- a collection of similar-style buildings with no distinct architectural value." It was, he said, "the perfect setup for what did not exist in Miami -- a central arts district."

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22 comments
monalisalisamonablue
monalisalisamonablue

He will be deeply be missed from so many people outstanding person and heart of gold .I had pleasure of meeting him was a beautiful person and my heart ios broken to his family my condolences to his family and exspecialy to his son and daughter.R.I.P MR.GOLDMAN

José Manuel
José Manuel

R.I.P., he might be gone but his legacy will outlive us all.

Michael Bress
Michael Bress

He'll be missed. Most people in Florida can genuinely say that what he made happen directly touched us all in a wonderful way.

jjcolagrande
jjcolagrande topcommenter

He will be remembered as the father of Wynwood...

 

Condolences to the Goldman family..sad day...

lambeth2
lambeth2

It is a loss to the entire community. Goodbye, Tony, we will miss you.

 

peterdiaz
peterdiaz

If He only knew how many jobs he created.. His developments were contagious... RIP...

Tara Durkan
Tara Durkan

All I can say is that it's the risk takers visionaries that create great spaces & concepts thank you

Mgp Bjj
Mgp Bjj

Sorry to hear. Good man

a.l79
a.l79

Thank you Mr. Goldman

 

Al Quesada
Al Quesada

Wow. Sorry to hear this. My condolences to his family.

Depot Msa
Depot Msa

rest in power to a great man with a vision that he brought to life

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