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About Sunny Isles Beach

Sunny Isles Beach, Florida

The City of Sunny Isles Beach occupies 1.78 square miles in the northeastern corner of Miami-Dade County, the most populated county in the State of Florida. With an estimated population of 22,123 people, the City ranks 15th in population amongst the 34 municipalities in the County. The City is located on a barrier island bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway on the west. The City has been developed primarily for residential purposes.

The City was incorporated in 1997 and operates under a mayor-commission-manager form of government. Policy-making and legislative authority are vested in the governing commission, which consists of a mayor and a four member Commission. The City Commission is vested with policy-setting authority, adopting the annual budget, approving general purchases and services of the governmental operations, appointing committees, and hiring the City Manager and City Attorney. The City Manager is responsible for recommending and carrying out the policies and ordinances of the City Commission, appointing the directors of the City’s departments, hiring of staff, submitting a proposed annual budget, advising the Commission as to the financial condition of the City, and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the City.

The City is divided into four districts with one Commissioner required to reside in each district. Each Commissioner is elected “at large” and is elected for a four-year term. The Mayor is elected “at large” and is elected for a four-year term.

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Services Provided

The City of Sunny Isles Beach provides a full range of municipal services: public safety, ocean rescue, building, zoning and planning, code compliance, transportation, maintenance of roads and parking facilities, parks, recreation and cultural programs, general government and administrative services. Fire protection and education are provided by Miami-Dade County. Water and sewer utilities are provided by NMB Water.


Norman S. Edelcup Sunny Isles Beach K-8

  • 1,909 students
  • 2014 School Grade: A
  • 2014 Total Points: 703

Highland Oaks Middle School

  • 1,137 students
  • 2014 School Grade: A
  • 2014 Total Points: 625

Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High

  • 1,543 students
  • 2014 Grade: A
  • 2014 Earned Points: 1149

Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High

  • 2,650 students
  • 2014 Grade: A
  • 2014 Earned Points 1163

Source: Miami-Dade County Schools Performance Grade Reports 2013-2014

Police Department

  • Number of Stations: 1
  • Sworn Officers: 56
  • Non-Sworn Personnel: 13
  • Lifeguard Towers: 10
  • Lifeguards: 41

Fire Protection

  • Suppression Units: 3
  • Fire Stations: 2
  • Employees: 21
  • FY12 Total Fire Runs: 600
  • FY12 EMS Runs: 1,400
  • FY12 Average Response: 6.2 minutes

(2013 numbers not available)

Major Employers (# of Employees)

Employer Number of Employees
Trump International Resort 352
Newport Beachside Resort 330
Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach 298
City of Sunny Isles Beach 272
Publix Supermarket 173
Marco Polo Beach Resort 136
Marenas Resort 129
Double Tree Hotel 120
Elite Guard & Patrol Services 100


City Parks (Acreage)

Park Acres
Heritage Park – 19260 Collins Avenue 3.8
Golden Shores Community Park – 201 191 Terrace 0.4
Pelican Community Park – 18115 North Bay Road 2.0
Senator Gwen Margolis Park – 17815 North Bay Road 2.9
Samson Oceanfront Park – 17425 Collins Avenue 2.1
Town Center Park – 17200 Collins Avenue 3.2
Bella Vista Bay Park – 500 Sunny Isles Blvd. 0.8
Pier Park – 16501 Collins Avenue 0.7
Oceania Park – 16320 Collins Avenue 0.1
Gateway Park – 151 Sunny Isles Blvd. 3.7
Intracoastal Park – 16000 – 16200 Collins Avenue 1.8