The life of Stanley Finch Whitman, the visionary developer and owner of Bal Harbour Shops in north Miami, will be celebrated with a party at the luxury shopping center on Sunday.
Whitman died on May 24 of natural causes at his home in Miami Shores, Fla. at the age of 98. Bal Harbour Shops will be closed from 10 a.m. to noon for the party. Invitations are being extended to friends, family and business associates. There will be three or four speakers.
“It’s not a service. It’s a party,” explained Randall “Randy” Alan Whitman, the son of Stanley Whitman who for many years worked closely with his father at Bal Harbour Shops.
Whitman opened Bal Harbour Shops in 1965 and saw the potential in luxury long before the rest of the shopping-center industry and came up with the concept of bringing the tony retailers of Fifth Avenue to Miami Beach and creating a lush, tropical setting for them with upscale restaurants, palm trees, valet parking, concierge and other amenities. He foresaw that Miami as a tourist mecca would only grow, and that tourism and luxury would be a potent combination.