It was a truly spectacular day here in Miami Beach.  I’d guess it was about 74 degrees, no humidity –perfect. I had just dropped my Italian clients off at the Delano Hotel and I hear fire sirens –lots of them.  I turn and look up and I see flames shooting from the roof of the newly opened Gansevoort South Beach.  I have no idea what caused the fire, but I do know that it was on the roof.  The Gansevoort has a pretty sexy roof “thing” going on; pool, bar, and members only, of course.  The fire looked more like it was coming from mechanical area of the roof.  I’ll watch the 11 o’clock news and see what happened.

The Gansevoort Hotel and Residences South Beach opened a few weeks ago and is located at 2301 Collins Avenue.  The hotel has 334 rooms and 259 residential condos.  The finished resort will have an outpost of the Meatpacking district’s STK steakhouse, and a David Barton Gym.

UPDATE:  I just received an e-mail from, I believe, the PR firm for the Gansevoort:

Hi Kevin, I saw your blog posting and wanted to update you on the fire at Gansevoort South Hotel, Spa and Residences yesterday. Here is the official statement from Robert Van Eerde, Managing Director of the hotel:“There was a small, contained fire on the unoccupied terrace at the penthouse level at Gansevoort South yesterday afternoon. The Fire Department responded immediately and extinguished the fire within 15 minutes. No one was injured and damages were minimal. The hotel is fully operational.