Capital Projects

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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Capital Projects Update

FDOT Roadway Construction Project

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Friday, June 29, 2018) – We’ve come a long way since December when I last updated you on citywide capital projects. At this time I’m happy to report that the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is in the process of completing the paving of Collins Avenue through our City. They have milled the old …

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Neat Streets Tree Planting Project

Neat Streets Tree Planting Project

NEAT STREETS MIAMI GRANT: The Neat Streets Grant provides funds for municipalities and organizations in Miami-Dade County to plant trees. In 2017, the City of Sunny Isles Beach was awarded a $14,000 grant. TREE PLANTING LOCATION: Over the summer, 49 trees were planted along 172 street, 182 Drive, 181 Street and North Bay Road. PROJECT GOAL: To provide a safer …

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172 – 174 Street Pedestrian Bridge: From Concern to Curiosity

Aerial shot of the emergency pedestrian bridge connecting 172-174 street.

“Many quotes have been stated around fear of the unknown. However, my favorite is “Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity.” By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (Monday, April 30, 2018) – I very much wished for many years that concerns over the construction of our newly completed Emergency/Pedestrian Bridge (the EP Bridge) joining North Bay Road from 172 Street to …

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Lane Closures: What They Are For, Who Approves Them, & When They Take Place

An aerial view of Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach with "Road Work Ahead" Sign superimposed on Top.

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager (Sunday, April 29, 2018) – With the Florida Department of Transportation now in complete control of the work being done on Collins Avenue and extended, in some cases, about 100 feet into local roads, I thought it important to notify all residents directly with some information about lane closures on our roadways, what …

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Small Pains, Big Gains: Bumpy Collins Avenue

Aerial view of Collins Avenue by Acqualina Resort in Sunny Isles Beach.

By Isaac Aelion, Commissioner (Thursday, November 30, 2017) – During the last year, the residents of Sunny Isles Beach have experienced an inconvenience in traveling along Collins Avenue. This inconvenience is partially attributed to the undergrounding of the FPL power lines along Collins, which have necessitated patching of the road in several areas. Irma, the most recent hurricane to hit …

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2017 Beach Sand Renourishment Project

Aerial view of the beach and Newport Fishing Pier, showing the eroding beachline.

(Tuesday, October 31, 2017) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District announces that construction starts soon for the Sunny Isles Beach renourishment project. The $8.6 million project is part of the Miami-Dade County Beach Erosion Control and Hurricane Protection Project. The Corps’ contractor, Eastman Aggregate Enterprises, LLC of Lake Worth, Florida, will place approximately 140,000 cubic yards of …

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Update on Major Projects Currently Underway in Sunny Isles Beach

Rendering for the Gateway Pedestrian Bridge at 163rd Street.

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (Friday, June 23, 2017) – In addition to the number of new buildings still under construction by developers, our City has also had several large, complex projects happening over the past several months. Probably the most visible to our residents and guests has been the undergrounding of our utility lines and new lighting posts along Collins …

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Update on Utility Undergrounding Project

Utility Line Undergrounding Capital Project.

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Tuesday, April 25, 2017) – Though not a very glamorous topic, the Collins Avenue Utility Undergrounding Project is of vital importance to our beautiful, and fast growing City. The goal is to install above-ground utilities into underground conduits. The reason for this is to harden our infrastructure against hurricanes and other disasters, while beautifying …

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