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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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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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Update on Short Term Vacation Rental Registrations

Short Term Vacation Rental Licenses. Three condominiums in Sunny Isles Beach.

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Thursday, January 24, 2019) – When we would think about vacations or time away from home, it used to be about getting settled into a hotel room or maybe a relative’s beach house if budget was tight. Nowadays, the game plan is completely different. Some years ago, a couple of friends sharing a house …

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Reflections on the Past Year & Looking Forward

Work progresses on the 174th Street Bridge

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Friday, December 28, 2018) – January is typically the time to make resolutions, look toward the future, and set new goals. I want to first reflect on the great progress we made last year, and then discuss our plans for the upcoming year. Throughout the last couple of years, we have made remarkable progress …

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Utility Undergrounding Project Moves Into Next Phase

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Monday, December 3, 2018) – The Utility Undergrounding Project has entered the next phase, the Collins Avenue Street Lighting Enhancement Phase. As you may recall, the City has been working for over three years to lay underground conduit the entire length of Collins Avenue. This caused some disruption and we are grateful for your …

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A Vision for Public Art in Sunny Isles Beach

Building Reflecting Ocean in Side Glass Paneling

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (November 18, 2018) – On September 4, 2018, the City convened a joint workshop of the City Commission and the newly formed Public Arts Advisory Committee to discuss and develop a vision for planning public art in Sunny Isles Beach. During that workshop, there was a lengthy discussion about the City’s shared community values, …

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Traffic & Pedestrian Safety in Sunny Isles Beach

Traffic on Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach with buildings and ocean view of coastline.

By Dwight Snyder, Police Chief (Saturday, November 3, 2018) – Normally this article is reserved for our City Manager who keeps us informed on capital projects and future innovative developments currently in the planning stages, which makes this a world class and cutting-edge community. This month the manager graciously gave his article space to the police department, so we could …

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