So-Called “Mayor of Worth Avenue”, Burt Handelsman, Dies
Burt Handelsman Dies
Burt Handelsman, the so-called “Mayor of Worth Avenue,” dies at age 95 in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was a prominent figure in local real estate circles and a fixture on the historical shopping strip of Worth Avenue for more than six decades. The news that Burt Handelsman died is definitely one that affects the town.
The “Mayor of Worth Avenue” was born in New York City in 1926. After 27 years he moved to Palm Beach. His real estate career began with a few small apartment buildings. He soon expanded to become one of the most successful developers in South Florida. He developed or renovated more than 400 properties, from car dealerships to shopping centers to luxury homes.
Throughout his career, Handelsman was well-known for his philanthropy. Donating to many local charities and causes was important to him. Handelsman also served on the board of directors for several cultural institutions, including the Norton Museum of Art and Bethesda Hospital Foundation.
He is associated with Worth Avenue, which he called “my little town.” He owned more than 15 buildings there at one point. Handelsman was a strong advocate for preserving the area’s historic charm. He was a beloved figure among Worth Avenue regulars and merchants, who often sought his advice on business matters.
At the time of his death, Handelsman was working on one last project. This was to expand and modernize the iconic avenue that he cherished so much. The “Mayor’s” legacy will live on in Palm Beach and in the hearts of those who knew him. His death marks the end of an era for Palm Beach. His dedication to real estate and philanthropy cannot be forgotten.
Burt Handelsman’s obituary states that memorial donations can be made to the Birthright Israel Foundation
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