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Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Initiatives in Sunny Isles Beach

Pedestrians crossing Collins Avenue using a crosswalk.

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Thursday, April 1, 2021) – Given the nature of our roads, population, and location, traffic volume and congestion are inevitable. We can all agree that additional measures on the road better protect our community. I want to share what action the City is taking to make the streets of Sunny Isles Beach safer for …

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Latest Update on the Town Center North District

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By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Friday, February 26, 2021) – For the last two years, our City has been embroiled in a complex situation regarding the Town Center District and our Comprehensive Plan. I have received numerous inquiries from residents about this issue, development in the City and the false information that is spreading. It is important for me …

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Setting the Record Straight with City Manager Christopher J. Russo

Setting the Record Straight with City Manager Christopher J. Russo

Dear Residents, In response to some of the inquiries I have received regarding inaccurate and false information that has been spread via email blast by parties who are not affiliated with the City of Sunny Isles Beach, I am reaching out to set the record straight. These emails were NOT sent by your city administration. They were sent by outside …

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Speed Limit on Collins Avenue

Aerial view of Collins Avenue

By Christopher Russo, City Manager (December 29, 2020) – There has been a lot of discussion among the community regarding the speed limit on State Road A1A/Collins Avenue within our city limits. We have listened to the residents who brought their concerns to us that the current speed limit of 35 miles per hour is too high due to the …

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Meet our Condominium Ombudman

Spencer Hennings, Condominium Ombudsman

By Christopher Russo, City Manager (November 30, 2020) – As I discussed last month, the City is helping facilitate resident access to the State of Florida Condominium Ombudsman. Every other Monday, the Ombudsman is working out of the SIB Government Center and is available to meet with condominium unit owners, board members, and associations. I want to introduce you to …

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Condo Ombudsman in Sunny Isles Beach

View of condos on North Bay Road near Senator Gwen Margolis Park

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (October 30, 2020) – Approximately 97% of residents live in one of more than 100 condominium buildings in Sunny Isles Beach, and we have received many requests to assist in condominium complaints and disputes. Though condominiums may be within our city limits, Florida law (chapter 718 FSS) and Florida rules (chapter 61B FAC) govern …

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Budget Message for the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year

Budget Message Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Office of the City Manager

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager In accordance with article IV Section 4.5 of the charter of the City of Sunny Isles Beach, under unprecedented circumstances, of the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the help of our hard-working staff, I am proud to submit the Proposed Budget for the fiscal year 2020-2021. It is nearly impossible to overstate the magnitude of …

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Message from the City Manager: Gateway Center

Interior at Gateway Center

By Christopher Russo, City Manager (August 31, 2020) – Every day we work to fulfill our mission to keep Sunny Isles Beach a world class city that offers the highest quality of life for our residents. The completion of the Gateway Center is just the latest extension of our promise. When the privatization of the space for a market and …

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Message from the City Manager: Update on Town Center North Overlay

Town Center North Overlay

By Christopher Russo, City Manager (July 30, 2020) – We are moving forward in determining the future of the Town Center North Overlay (TCNO). However, due to delays from COVID-19, the City Commission is in the process of extending the moratorium through March 2021 to allow for ample time to complete the public outreach process and provide final recommendations to …

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Honoring a Legend: Senator Gwen Margolis

Photo of the opening of Senator Gwen Margolis Park.

By Guest Contributor Norman S. Edlecup, Former Mayor (Tuesday, June 23, 2020) – It was with great sadness that I received a phone call on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 from Edward Margolis notifying me of the death of his mother, Senator Gwen Margolis. This was not only the passing of a dear friend and mentor; it was the loss of …

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