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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.

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.

Schools

Norman S. Edelcup Sunny Isles Beach K-8

  • 2,100 students
  • Total  Capacity: 1,733
  • 2018 School Grade: A

Highland Oaks Middle School

  • 963 students
  • Total Capacity: 999
  • 2018 School Grade: B

Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High

  • 1,689 students
  • Total Capacity: 1,445
  • 2018 Grade: B

Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High

  • 2,587 students
  • Total Capacity: 2,202
  • 2018 Grade: B

Source: Miami-Dade County Schools Performance Grade Reports 2017-18. Total enrollment numbers based on future students.

Police Department

  • Number of Stations: 1
  • Sworn Officers: 55
  • Non-Sworn Personnel: 13
  • Lifeguard Towers: 10
  • Lifeguards: 37

Fire Protection

  • Suppression Units: 3
  • Fire Stations: 2
  • Employees: 77
  • Responses provided by Station 10: 85%
  • MDFR Responses (2017)
    • Life Threatening: 1,315
    • Non-Life Threatening: 767
    • Structure & Other Fires: 594
    • Other Miscellaneous: 545
    • Total Calls: 3,221
  • MDFR Average Response Time (2017)
    • Life Threatening: 6:51
    • Non-Life Threatening: 7:34
    • Structure & Other Fires: 7:25
    • Other Miscellaneous: 7:34

(2018 numbers not available)

Major Employers (# of Employees)

Employer Number of Employees
Trump International Resort 350
Newport Beachside Resort 225
Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach 338
City of Sunny Isles Beach 300
Publix Supermarket 173
Marco Polo Beach Resort 140
Marenas Resort 150
Double Tree Hotel 105
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