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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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Message from the City Manager – June SIBislander

Beach Reopening

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (June 2, 2020) – The reopening of the beach has been postponed by Miami-Dade County and will remain closed until County Mayor Carlos Gimenez lifts the nightly curfew. That being said, the City is still preparing for the beach to safely reopen to the public. We are in especially troubling times, so following the …

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Update on the Beach

Message from the City Manager

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Friday, May 22, 2020) – I participated in a virtual meeting this morning with Mayor Gimenez and other coastal city officials and expressed our City’s support of the reopening of Miami-Dade County beaches, multi-family residential condominium pools, and hotels on June 1. The County will be working on this throughout the weekend to reach a plan approved by the members of the County Mayor’s …

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Beaches Remain Closed: Understanding Our Limitations

Message from the City Manager

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Thursday, May 21, 2020) – I have recently received a deluge of questions from residents about reopening our beach. As Mayor Scholl and I have mentioned before, the beach in Miami-Dade County is owned by the State of Florida, and Miami-Dade County holds jurisdiction over the beach as granted by the state years ago. …

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Update from the City Manager – May SIBislander

Golden Shores Pumps

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Friday, May 15, 2020) – As you know by now, in-person business operations with the City are still limited to essential services as we work to promote social distancing to protect our residents and our employees. Despite these restrictions, City staff is still working hard to serve our residents in the safest way possible, …

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Update on City Services – SIBislander

Code Compliance Employee Provides City Services

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (April 10, 2020) – During particularly difficult times, I am often impressed with how our City staff rises to the challenge. Though all activities have been canceled and parks have been closed, our main City services are still operational, just slightly altered. We have reduced the number of staff in the office by 50% …

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Declaration of Local Emergency

Declaration of Local Emergency

City of Sunny Isles Beach – Declaration of Local Emergency WHEREAS, pursuant to Chapter 29 of the City of Sunny Isles Beach Code, the City Manager hereby finds and declares the following:      Due to COVID-19 and the Declaration of a State of Emergency by Governor Ron DeSantis, the City of Sunny Isles Beach is facing dangerous conditions of sufficient …

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