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Troy E. Wright - Executive Director - Washington Avenue BID

The nominees for the 30th Annual South Florida Tourism Professional of the Year Award have just been announced.  The distinguished nominees are: Troy Wright, Washington Avenue Business Improvement District, Rolando Aedo, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Steve Adkins, Miami Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, DeAnne Connolly Graham, ROI Media Consultants, Julie Grimes, The Heafey Group, Charles Kropke, Dragonfly Expeditions, Peter Ricci, Ed.D., Florida Atlantic University.

The nominees will be honored at the award luncheon, hosted by the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (AOHT) Advisory Board, on September 30, 2021 at the Hyatt Regency Miami, the event’s Host Sponsor. The luncheon MC will be WSVN’s Belkys Nerey.  The featured speakers of the luncheon will include celebrity chef, Michelle Bernstein, and Florida International University Dean, Dr. Michael Cheng. read more

GREAT NEWS!
HOTEL ASTOR ON WASHINGTON AVENUE
SELL - $12.7 MILLION

Victory Investments Group, which records show is led by Anil Monga, paid $12.8 million for the 42-room hotel at 956 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach. Monga is CEO of Victory International USA, which manufactures and distributes name brand fragrances and cosmetics, according to Monga’s LinkedIn. Monga is also a hotel investor.

The building features a swimming pool and more than 4,000 square feet of restaurant space. It was built in 1936 on a 14,900-square-foot lot. The storied hotel was designed by T. Hunter Henderson.The sale price equates to about $304,000 per room.

WASHINGTON AVENUE BID EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
TROY E. WRIGHT HONORED BY
MIAMI TODAY NEWS

WOW!
I am honored to be featured on the front page of the Miami Today News.
Thank you for choosing me as an Achiever.
I believe in what the BID is doing, the future of Washington Avenue and Miami Beach. God is a good God!

I would be remiss if I did not thank my incredible Executive Board, Andrew Resnick, Saul Gross, Michael Simpkins, Marc Lawrence, Greg Iannacone, Connor Grealy, Leslie Weil,  Alex Fryd, Rory Greenberg, Eric Hines, Ronald J. Finvarb, Roberto Datorre, and Rickelle Williams.

Also much love behind the scenes to aurelia Crews and my boys for all of your love, support, and inspiration.

The WAVE team Talitha Nascimento, Michael DeFilippi, and former staff Jaclyn Dix

My BID mentor Timothy Schmand, De Anne Connolly Graham,  CCity of Miami Beach, Lissette Arrogante, Heather Shaw, Brandi Reddick, Otinel Rodriguez, Josiel Ferrer, Jose Gonzalez, Police Department, Public Works, Sanitation, Finance, Alicia Santos, Deborah Tackett, Miami Beach Commissioners, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber, Fire Department, WAVE Business Owners, GMCVB, Graylyn Swilley Woods, County Mayor Danielle Cava, Bill Talbert, Bo Martinez, Darlene Wight-Battles, Teresa Duncan, Darren Wright,  Austin Wright, Quintin Hendrix-Wright, Claytin Hendrix-Wright,  Langstin Hendrix-Wright, Maria Regieiro, John Elizabeth Aleman, Russel Kfrofta, Jimmy Resnick, Amy Mehu, and Sons of Thunder.
And all of you for your prayers and support.

If I missed anyone I am deeply sorry. Please charge it to my head and not my heart.

Thank You!

Troy E. Wright
Written by  Kylea Henseler.  Picture Marlene Quaroni

After years in and around the music industry, first as a child prodigy and later as the vice president of Experience Hendrix, the estate of legendary rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix, Troy Wright took his talents to South Beach and used them to build up the young Washington Avenue Business Improvement District.

As a child in Washington state, Mr. Wright grew up playing drums in church, eventually traveling to perform at large Seattle arenas by the time he was graduated from high school. He would go on to start the Washington State Mass Choir, which became the first in the state’s history to hit the Billboard Top 40. The organization, he said, was no small group; it featured over 100 voices from members of different denominations and communities. However, Mr. Wright would eventually leave the choir to work with the family of another Seattle music icon: Jimi Hendrix. After fighting for two and a half years to help the family keep the rights to Mr. Hendrix’s music, Mr. Wright took on the role as vice president of his estate.

From there, he traveled the world looking for old masters and put together “First Rays of the New Rising Sun,” a compilation album that would be the first record overseen by the estate.“It was the most incredible experience,” he said of the role.“Can you imagine being able to hear Jimi Hendrix outtakes the world has never heard?”

When he ultimately decided to leave the organization, Mr. Wright had multiple opportunities to pursue another music industry job, but instead he moved to Miami Beach. As executive director of the Washington Avenue Business Improvement District, he now uses his skills and knowledge of the promotional, event planning and entertainment industries to contribute to the success of the iconic Miami Beach avenue
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Tim Schmand - Executive Director Lincoln Road BID
There is a misquote in the paper regarding my friend and Business Improvement (BID) mentor Tim Schmand.

The article should have stated that Tim and I are very close friends. Not to mention he understands what it takes to be successful as a BID and is willing to help.  I consider Tim a strong business leader and someone I appreciate.

When I told Tim about the misquote he laughed and said "don't worry about it". That's a friend.

WATCH THE WAVE FASHION SHOW  LIVE RECAP YOUTUBE DATE TBD

WAVE Friends

I hope you’re having a great day!

This morning the Washington Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) learned that the film crew for tonight's live recap of the WAVE Fashion Show tested positive for coronavirus. In addition, one of our designers contracted the Corona Virus Variant.

Therefore, the BID will postpone the live recap show until further notice.

We hope this does not cause any inconvenience however, we must be wise and protect each other. Please protect yourself and others by wearing a mask and getting the vaccine.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, Troy E. Wright. twright@washavemb.com

Thank you for understanding

Sincerely

Troy E. Wright
Executive Director
Washington Avenue  BID

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washington avenue: on the edge

Washington Avenue is on the edge, physically and aspirationally. The once vibrant street, which borders Miami Beach’s South Beach Entertainment District, experienced a severe downturn that it is finally starting to come out of. Now, after a master planning process, development incentives, and the establishment of a Business Improvement District (BID), the street is poised for a comeback. Depending on who you talk to, it’s still on the edge between where it was and where it wants to go.

Troy Wright is the Executive Director of the two-year-old Washington Avenue BID which covers Washington Avenue from 5th to 17th Streets. Under a BID, property owners agree to tax themselves more to provide funding for marketing, promotion, and other initiatives to improve the area. The BID followed approval of the Washington Avenue Overlay in 2016 which increased allowable height to 75 feet for properties with more than 200 feet of frontage on Washington Avenue, reduced minimum hotel room sizes for new hotels and conversions, allowed for co-living or micro residential units, and eliminated parking requirements for hotels.

Since then, the Kimpton Anglers Hotel opened a new addition, a new Moxy Hotel has opened and the Good Time Hotel will open soon. Approved or under construction, a new hotel at 1685 Washington Avenue and Urbin Retreat in the 1200 block.

One of Washington Avenue’s appeals is that it is close to the sand and the action of South Beach but that is also one of its downsides given the current issues in the Entertainment District. The street sits just outside the Entertainment District which runs from 5th to 16th Streets on Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue.

From a perception standpoint, Wright said, “I think it’s impacting all of us because there doesn’t seem to be a separation being made between, for example Ocean Drive and Washington Avenue and there’s a big difference. We have museums, we have clubs, we have retail, we have historical buildings. We have a lot more to offer.”

Washington Avenue isn’t immune, however, from the chaos and criminal behavior. On February 1, a triple shooting took place in front of The Licking Restaurant at 754 Washington Avenue. “The shooting was horrifying,” Wright said. “I couldn’t sleep for a couple of days. I was sick to my stomach.”

Despite the Spring Break issues, he said Washington Avenue is an example of how to turn an avenue around “and make it attractive again.”

In addition to the Moxy and Good Time Hotels, Wright said, “We have a lot of businesses that are moving onto Washington Avenue,” highlighting the reopening of Jazid, with “an entirely different look. It’s French burlesque at its best, one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen here not just in Miami Beach but South Florida. The investment there is incredible.”

Wright said the new bicycle lanes have helped, too. They “opened up the opportunity for locals to take advantage of Washington Avenue without having to park.”

The “parklets” which allowed restaurants to extend sidewalk cafés into the streets to help them during COVID restrictions on indoor dining “saved Washington Avenue.” Businesses that have taken advantage of the opportunity are “doing over 30% better” than those who do not have the extra outdoor seating, he said.

“We may have lost one, maybe two” businesses during COVID, he said, but that’s a result of the willingness of landlords to work with tenants to keep them. “I know property owners get a bad name a lot of times but most of the property owners were willing to work with the businesses.”Read More

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