The Real Deal Miami

Hotel developer Sherwood Weiser passes away at age 80

August 01, 2011 04:23PM

Sherwood “Woody” Weiser, a hotel developer and one of Miami’s leading philanthropists, died today at the age of 80 after a battle with cancer, the Miami Herald reported.
Since 1970, Weiser and his business partner Donald Lefton built or managed at least 100 hotels and casinos around the U.S., Bahamas, Canada and Mexico, but were locally known for building Miami’s Grand Bay Hotel, the city’s first five-star resort, and more recently the Ritz Carlton on Key Biscayne.
“This man was truly an icon in the City of Miami,” Lefton said. “Nobody didn’t like Woody Weiser. Everybody knew him and if they didn’t know him, they knew of him.” [Miami Herald]