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Sunny Isles Beach Becoming a City of Art

Dreaming the Universe Sculpture by Pablo Atchugarry

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Sunday, February  2, 2020) – The City of Sunny Isles Beach is known as a hub of beautiful architecture, but now we are also becoming a city known for art. In 2016, the city commissioned a Cultural Master Plan (CMP), which, among other things, was designed to strategically use art and culture to enhance …

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Infrastructure Planning for Future Sustainability in Sunny Isles Beach

View of 174 Street

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Tuesday, December 31, 2019) – With the evolution of technology and the environment changing globally, the City of Sunny Isles Beach is focused on preparation for a sustainable future. Since incorporation in 1997, the city is placing long-term infrastructure planning at the forefront of our priorities to ensure a viable future for our vibrant …

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Finding Solutions through Cooperation

Aerial view of Sunny Isles Blvd.

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Thursday, November 28, 2019) – In my experience as a city manager for over 30 years, the business of government is often a complicated process. But government and the making of laws does work if citizens and government officials are willing to put the good of the city above personal or political agenda. Everyone …

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Sunny Isles Beach Elevates City Services by Embracing Technological Initiatives

Aerial view of Sunny Isles Beach

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Friday, November 1, 2019) – For the last several years, the City of Sunny Isles Beach has been breaking barriers and driving technological advancements to the forefront of our agenda. In late 2015, Mayor George “Bud” Scholl launched the Mayor’s Technology Initiative, challenging city staff to develop ideas to keep our city on the …

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Budget Message for the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year

Budget Message Fiscal Year 2019 - 2020. 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, it is my honor and privilege to submit the Proposed Budget for fiscal year 2019-2020. The filing of the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year Budget represents my fourteenth Budget as your City Manager. Our assessed value has increased almost …

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The Future of our Town Center District

Hit Pause on all new projects for one year. Proposed moratorium

Leer en español    Читать по русски By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Friday, September 13, 2019) – Your opinion is important as Sunny Isles Beach moves forward to address growth issues that will define the future of our Town Center District. City staff is available to answer your questions so you may better understand the issue. We welcome your …

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Update on Utility Undergrounding Project

Golden Shores Sign

By Christopher J. Russo, 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 than …

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Sunny Isles Beach: Then and Now

People walking on the beach access path through Samson Oceanfront Park.

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Tuesday, July 30, 2019) – If you held up a snapshot of Sunny Isles Beach 22 years ago next to one taken today, the City would almost be unrecognizable. From the replacement of run-down motels with modern high-rises on the east side, to the development of City parks and public facilities on the west …

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Recent Tragedy in Sunny Isles Beach & Our Police Department

Chief Dwight Snyder and Sunny Isles Beach police officers

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Monday, June 24, 2019) – This past May I was reminded of another reason why I choose to live in Sunny Isles Beach. For those who do not know, I am not just the City Manager, I am also a proud resident of this great city. It is not a job requirement; I choose …

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Unflushable Items Cause Major Problems for our Pump Station

Sunny Isles Beach high rises reflect off waterway.

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Friday, May 24, 2019) – We take showers, wash our clothes and flush toilets multiple times a day with little to no thought about where our wastewater goes. It only crosses our mind when something doesn’t work, as we have recently experienced this past February. Many of you may have heard about the pump …

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