Capital Projects

New Streetlights in Sunny Isles Beach

Biker rides down the street in Golden Shores under the light of the new streetlights.

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager (Friday, November 5, 2021) – The Golden Shores Streetlighting project was recently completed in October. If you live or have been to the Golden Shores neighborhood in the past few weeks, you should have seen the new lights illuminating the streets at night. The installation of 130 streetlights marks a milestone in the …

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Update on Capital Projects

Gateway Center

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager (Thursday, June 3, 2021) – Our most important capital projects have, for the most part, remained on track even though we scaled down some and delayed others due to the coronavirus pandemic. As we head into the summer season, I want to share some updates on our most prominent projects with you. Golden …

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Golden Shores Project Updates

Golden Shores Sign

(Wednesday, February 26, 2020) Golden Shores Undergrounding Update The survey work of the Golden Shores Utility Undergrounding Project is 87% complete. There are 47 inaccessible homes in the neighborhood, and we encourage those residents to cooperate with the City’s contractor, Craven & Thompson (C&T), to grant access to the exterior utility locations in their rear yard. Currently, this is not …

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Update on Utility Undergrounding Project

Golden Shores Sign

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager (Thursday, September 5, 2019) – For the last five years, the City has undertaken one of its most complicated and extensive capital improvement projects: Utility Undergrounding. With multiple phases reaching across the entire length of Sunny Isles Beach, the Utility Undergrounding has involved more than 10 outside providers and agencies and laid more …

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Bridging the Sunny Isles Beach Community through Capital Improvement Projects

Aerial view of coastline and city of Sunny Isles Beach

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager (Tuesday, May 14, 2019) – Summer is a time for vitality and energy. This season, our sense of invigoration for capital improvement projects is growing to new heights as we complete some long-term projects and lay the groundwork for even more. The Central Island Drainage Project is currently in its final stages. Twenty-six …

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Update on Capital Projects

Rendering of 174th Street Overpass bridge, bird's eye view.

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager (Saturday, April 27, 2019) – Our sense of invigoration for capital improvement projects is growing to new heights as we complete some long-term projects and lay the groundwork for even more. The Central Island Drainage Project is currently in its final stages. Twenty-six wells were cleaned and tested, and we are already seeing …

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Behind the Scenes with Public Works: Storm Drainage Projects

Sunny Isles Beach Public Works Truck

(Monday, March 25, 2019) – The City is working on two major storm drainage maintenance projects to improve the citywide drainage system prior to the start of the rainy season. The first project is the cleaning of multiple storm drainage wells in the Golden Shores and Central Island areas. These wells allow stormwater runoff to discharge into the shallow aquifer …

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174 Street Pedestrian Overpass

Rendering of 174th Street Overpass bridge, bird's eye view.

In 2016, the City along with the assistance of the community, industry consultants, and varying research developed a Transportation Master Plan. This plan identified the City’s transportation and transit deficits and developed a blueprint of solutions to address the community’s desire for enhanced multimodal options to accommodate transportation needs. This included a Pedestrian Park Bridge at Collins Avenue and 174th …

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Reflections on the Past Year & Looking Forward

Work progresses on the 174th Street Bridge

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager (Friday, December 28, 2018) – January is typically the time to make resolutions, look toward the future, and set new goals. I want to first reflect on the great progress we made last year, and then discuss our plans for the upcoming year. Throughout the last couple of years, we have made remarkable …

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Utility Undergrounding Project Moves Into Next Phase

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager (Monday, December 3, 2018) – The Utility Undergrounding Project has entered the next phase, the Collins Avenue Street Lighting Enhancement Phase. As you may recall, the City has been working for over three years to lay underground conduit the entire length of Collins Avenue. This caused some disruption and we are grateful for …

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