The Public Works Department provides prompt service to the residents of the City of Sunny Isles Beach in the areas of construction, fleet maintenance, street maintenance, including stormwater maintenance services within the City’s rights of way, facilities maintenance, and engineering. These services seek to enhance the high quality of life for the City’s residents, businesses, and visitors by providing well planned, environmentally sensitive, cost effective methods to promote public health, personal safety, transportation, economic growth and civic vitality.
Sunny Isles Beach is located on a barrier island surrounded by the turquoise-blue water of the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.
Visitors from around the world come here to enjoy the weather, our beautiful beaches and the ocean. Our guests, much like our residents – especially our children, enjoy swimming in the ocean. But no one wants to swim in polluted water. And polluting our water is against the law.
The employees of the Department of Public Works are dedicated to keeping our city clean. Litter pickup is performed to keep the storm drains clear and promote a neat appearance throughout the city. To report problems with litter, stormwater, or streets call Public Works at (305) 792-1711.
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The Divisions of the Department of Public Works:
Public Works implemented a work order system. In the first 86 days the work order system captured 166 work orders that were above our normal day-to-day operation. Responsible for the payment of all Public Works invoices. Responsible for all departmental invoices city-wide covering: Florida Power & Light, Home Depot, North Miami Beach water bill, and the city vehicle gas program to name a few.
- Facility Maintenance
This division of Public Works is responsible for contracts and issues related to the building such as; elevator, a/c, security, janitorial, indoor plants and exterior fountain contracts. Responsible for day-to-day maintenance of Government Center. Public Works implemented a roof inspection program. Public Works also implemented an acid wash program for the windows and building at the Government Center.
- Street Maintenance
Street Maintenance is responsible for the day-to-day city streetscape and right-of-way areas. Street Maintenance is in charge of cleaning and maintaining of the main and side streets including (46) bus shelters and (21) beach access. Over 11.71 tons of litter collection is removed on a yearly basis. Public Works recently implemented a sidewalk pressure washing program, and re-bid the landscape contract.
Responsible for building, repairing, and refurbishing city life guard towers. Maintain sidewalk repair for the city’s parks and community. Responsible for painting the interior walls of the Government Center, Heritage Park Garage, and the Government Center Garage. Prepare concrete sites within the city’s parks. Assist with all capital improvement projects.
- Fleet Maintenance
Fleet Maintenance provides regular service maintenance for all of the city’s vehicles. Keeps record of depreciation log, gas consumption, and vehicle repair records. Oversee maintenance and repair for 165 city vehicles and equipment. Prepared a preventive maintenance and repair service bid. Currently Public Works is planning a reduction of the vehicles in the fleet pool program.
- Parking Maintenance
Public Works maintains the parking spaces. This year Public Works has started re-striping and numbering 9 parking lots totaling 674 spaces in the city. Also Public Works plans to re-stripe the Government Center Garage and parking lot.
- City Engineering
The City Engineer is currently working on several projects, such as the FPL underground conversion, Skate Park Sound Mitigation, Gateway Park, the 183rd and Collins Avenue Driveway Cut, the future Emergency Bridge, the 174th Street Drainage issues, Vehicle Video Detection Unit at Collins Avenue and 193rd Street project, the Bella Vista Park, the Newport Fishing Pier, the Intracoastal Parks, and the FDOT Project.
- Stormwater Maintenance
Stormwater management needs to be in compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). Year compliance report is submitting verifying the inspection and maintenance of stormwater lines throughout the City of Sunny Isles Beach. A number of literature must be provided to the residents via mail, exhibits, television or radio announcements, events and activities, and youth participation. Training on sediment control and best practices must be adopted and enforced. Illegal dumping and connection must be reported and addressed immediately. Stormwater Maintenance also schedules the service to clear storm drains before the beginning of hurricane season. Recently instructed the city engineer to conduct a cost analysis of the City’s pump station.
Passed into law in the early 1970s, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), managed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with state environmental agencies, regulates water pollution.
The 1987 Water Quality Act (WQA) covers stormwater discharges explicitly and requires municipalities to use Best Management Practices to reduce pollutants to the “Maximum Extent Practicable.” In other words, cities must keep litter, chemicals, and organic pollution out of our waterways.
The EPA conducts yearly reviews of the city’s efforts and results in preventing stormwater pollution. The city’s Department of Public Works is responsible for reducing pollutants in Sunny Isles Beach- that involves educating residents and businesses about best practices and which are the do’s and don’ts included in this guide book.
Rain water makes everything fresh and clean including our streets. After a heavy rain, stormwater in our streets rushes into storm drains. These storm drains are important in providing a place for stormwater to go and preventing our streets from flooding.
But it isn’t only rain water that rushes into storm drains.
Say “pollution” and many people think of a factory pipe spewing pollutants. The federal Clean Water Act and similar state laws limit this type of pollution. Today, we know that even neighborhoods without factories add pollutants to our water.
How? In urban areas, like Sunny Isles Beach, stormwater carries with it everything from our modern, urban lives, including cigarette butts, litter, lawn chemicals, pet waste, grease and motor oil. Everything that goes into storm drains impacts our oceans, canals and lakes.
For the most part, water entering storm drains, unlike water entering sanitary sewers, does not get treated before entering Biscayne Bay, the Intracoastal Waterway, the Atlantic Ocean, and our canals, rivers and lakes.
Impact of Stormwater Pollution
Polluted stormwater draining into our waterways is harmful to plants and animals. Litter injures unsuspecting sea life like fish, turtles, and manatees.
There are three main types of stormwater pollutants as follows:
- Litter: cans, paper and plastic bags and cigarette butts.
- Chemicals: detergents, automotive fluids and fertilizers.
- Organic waste: leaves, lawn and garden clippings, and animal excrement.