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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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Bridging the Sunny Isles Beach Community through Capital Improvement Projects

Aerial view of coastline and city of Sunny Isles Beach

By Christopher J. Russo, 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 wells …

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Update on Capital Projects

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

By Christopher J. Russo, 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 improved …

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SIBPD Award Recipients

Borrell Award winners

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager & Fred Maas, Former Police Chief (Monday, March 25, 2019) – City Manager Russo: It has been almost a year since former Chief Fred Maas entered retirement. Retirement for Fred is defined by continuing to serve the police profession through volunteerism while continuing to nurture and maintain the many relationships he established throughout his …

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Quarterly Report: Employee Altruism in Sunny Isles Beach

Government Center in background with art installation or world in foreground.

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Tuesday, January 29, 2019) – In my quarterly and monthly messages, I often discuss the larger, capital improvement projects we are working on, such as the Utility Under-grounding project, pedestrian bridges, or storm drainage projects. I would be remiss if I did not mention and recognize the extraordinary people behind the operation; the groups …

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