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Budget Message for the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year

Budget Message Fiscal Year 2018-2019. Office of the City Manager

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (October 5, 2018) – 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 2018 -2019. The filing of the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year Budget represents my thirteenth Budget as your City Manager. Our assessed …

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The Importance of Succession Planning

Aerial view of the street and Pelican Community Park and SIB Government Center with City skyline in the background.

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Friday, July 27, 2018) – I think we all know that a common objective, commitment, dedication, and consistent management are key to a productive and successful organization. A little over six years ago upon my return as City Manager, it was stressed by the then City Commission that we must have qualified backup in …

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Quarterly Report: Sunny Isles Beach Coming of Age

Aerial view of Samson Oceanfront Park during Anniversary event.

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (July 26, 2018) – The common definition for the term coming-of-age is a description of the transition between childhood and adulthood. For some cultures, coming-of-age is determined at a specific age when a child is no longer a minor. Well, as of this past June, our City is no longer a child and has entered …

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Important Information on the Building Permitting Process

Building Permits online portal - Smart Gov.

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Monday, June 4, 2018) – May was Building Safety Month. Interestingly, the City issues more than 5,000 building permits each year. Many of these permits relate to average home or condominium renovations to a kitchen, bathroom, or replacement of a door or window. The most common concern of residents living in single-family homes or …

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Lane Closures: What They Are For, Who Approves Them, & When They Take Place

An aerial view of Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach with "Road Work Ahead" Sign superimposed on Top.

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Sunday, April 29, 2018) – With the Florida Department of Transportation now in complete control of the work being done on Collins Avenue and extended, in some cases, about 100 feet into local roads, I thought it important to notify all residents directly with some information about lane closures on our roadways, what they …

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A Look at the City’s Planning & Zoning Department

Planning and Zoning Department

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Thursday, March 22, 2018) – In my continuing series of highlighting various City Departments and their functions, this article is devoted to our dedicated Planning & Zoning Department. It is a powerful department of two full-time talented members of our team, and part-time services from an intern position: Claudia Hasbun, our dedicated Planning & …

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Quarterly Report: The Rising Seas in Sunny Isles Beach

Sunny Isles Beach Newport Pier on the beach on a clear day with blue sky and aqua ocean.

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Friday, February 9, 2018) – The City of Sunny Isles Beach is prepared to meet the challenges of sea level rise. Although this issue has only become a real topic of conversation in the public realm in the last few years, the City has been diligently creating and implementing a plan to address flooding since …

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The IT Department: Providing Information & Technology Services in Sunny Isles Beach

Lifeguard tower with new solar panels for free wi-fi on the beach.

By: Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Friday, January 26, 2018) – One of the least acknowledged, but quite important, departments in the City of Sunny Isles Beach is the Information Technology Department. Leading the IT Department is Chief Information Officer, Derrick Arias, who boasts more than 25 years of experience in this industry, starting with IBM and later founding his own …

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Update on Active Capital Projects

Dumptruck dumps sand on the beach during the Beach Sand Renourishment Project.

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Thursday, November 30, 2017) – If you have not seen any of the City’s media releases or status reports on the various projects currently in progress, here is a run through of the major ones for your convenience. The beach sand renourishment project is underway with the placement of almost 2000,000 cubic yards of …

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