City Manager

Budget Message for the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year

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

By Christopher J. Russo, Former 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 …

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Update on Gateway Center

Interior at Gateway Center

By Christopher Russo, Former 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 …

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

Town Center North Overlay

By Christopher Russo, Former 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 …

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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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Beaches Remain Closed: Understanding Our Limitations

Message from the City Manager

By Christopher J. Russo, Former 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 …

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Update on City Services

Golden Shores Pumps

By Christopher J. Russo, Former 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 …

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Update on City Services

Code Compliance Employee Provides City Services

By Christopher J. Russo, Former 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 …

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A Look at Sunny Isles Beach Sewer Infrastructure

Sunny Isles Beach skyline.

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager (Wednesday, February 26, 2020) – There have been quite a number of articles in the news recently concerning the multiple sewer line breaks in the City of Fort Lauderdale. This has resulted in millions of gallons of sewage flooding complete neighborhoods and waterways throughout that city. Because of this, a number of Sunny …

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Sunny Isles Beach Becoming a City of Art

Dreaming the Universe Sculpture by Pablo Atchugarry

By Christopher J. Russo, Former 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 …

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Infrastructure Planning for Future Sustainability in Sunny Isles Beach

View of 174 Street

By Christopher J. Russo, Former 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 …

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