Miami Beach Names Street After Iconic Local Photographer

A young photographer who gained national prominence by photographing daily life in Miami Beach during the late 1970s and early ‘80s will be honored on Friday, June 30 at 11 a.m. when city officials rename a portion of 14 Street at Ocean Drive as Andy Sweet Street.

“Andy Sweet’s photography represents a time capsule of life in South Beach during a key period in the city’s history,” explained Miami Beach Commissioner Alex Fernandez, who sponsored the street-naming measure.

Sweet, along with best friend Gary Monroe, began a decade-long Miami Beach Photographic Project with an emphasis on the city’s predominantly Jewish seniors at the time. South Beach entered a period of gentrification shortly thereafter to become an international destination.

Sweet was killed in 1982 at the age of 28. His work was later featured in “Miami Beach: Photographs by Gary Monroe and Andy Sweet,” published after his death and in the 2018 documentary, “The Last Resort.”

“Although he was taken from us at a young age, Andy Sweet’s work proved to be a timeless and endearing legacy to his artistic vision,” Fernandez added.

The street-naming ceremony will take place on 14 Street at Ocean Drive.