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A Newspaper that Grew with a City

A photo of the Sunny Isles Beach Community Newspaper.

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (December 2, 2015) – The City’s first mayor, David Samson and Mr. Dan Palmer came together to build The Sunny Isles Beach Sun back when the City was just a baby. Dan always referred to the relationship as “a unique situation.” As we turned 18 this year, we have grown this paper along with …

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City Finances & Additions

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (December 1, 2015) – On September 24, 2015, the Proposed Budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 was adopted by the City Commission. The City has again this year reduced the tax rate, which now stands at 2.5 dollars per 1000 of assessed value. This reduction resulted in our City continuing to be one of the …

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Budget Message for the 2015 – 2016 Fiscal Year

Budget Message for Fiscal Year 2016 - 2016, Office of the City Manager

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (September 7, 2015) In Accordance with Article IV Section 4.5 of the Charter of the City of Sunny Isles Beach, I hereby submit the Proposed Budget for fiscal year 2015-2016. Bringing capital projects to completion remains our top priority into the 2015-16 fiscal year. At the same time we will be planning for the …

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A Look from the Inside: Our Residents Come First

A Photo of the Beach Coastline in Sunny Isles Beach and the skyline that lines the coast.

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (September 1, 2015) – The needs of the Sunny Isles Beach residents are the top priority in everything City staff does as directed by the City Commission. There are more than a few noteworthy initiatives underway in our City. The biggest projects in progress include: the Pedestrian/Emergency Bridge from 174 to 172 Street, the …

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A True Unsung Hero of an Employee

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (July 13, 2015) – I couldn’t let the passing of Code Enforcement Officer David Springer go by without comment on the loss to our organization. David was, what you might call, a quiet person. He was also one of the most reliable employees you could ever have. David was hired in 2011 as a …

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Keeping the Beach in Sunny Isles Beach

view of the beach at sunrise with orange and purple sky over the ocean.

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (June 1, 2015) – Maintaining our shoreline, one of the most challenging issues we are faced with, reminds me of a resort, the Sand Dollar. I would see it on each of many trips to Rhode Island to visit my daughter at college. That property is clearly a reference to the exorbitant cost of …

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Moving Forward in 2015

View of the Newport Pier on a sunny day with light aqua ocean waters and greenery in the background.

March 1, 2015 A Message from the City Manager by Christopher J. Russo I am happy to report that 2014 was a year of tremendous progress in our City on many fronts. We have seen growth in our tax base from both residential and commercial properties, substantial movement on many Capital Projects, significant increases and improvements to programs and services provided …

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Developing and Maintaining a World Class City

September 1, 2014 2014 is proving to be a very good year for Sunny Isles Beach. Much of what we planned for last year is yielding returns and long term projects are coming to fruition. There is an old saying: “it’s good enough for government work.” This was loosely translated to mean that government work is just “ok”, implying that …

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Extended Construction Hours, A Necessary Accommodation

April 14, 2014 By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager Living in Sunny Isles Beach is typically associated with being in paradise.  Residents and visitors alike comment on the beautiful water, our parks, the weather, and notably, the unique and beautiful architecture of this modern state-of-the-art city, which has risen over the past sixteen years to truly be “Florida’s Riviera.”  Living …

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City Improvement Projects to Maintain a World Class City

Participants practicing yoga on the beach.

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manageer (March 1, 2014) – As the City Manager, I am continuously focusing on the City’s goals by embracing new concepts and approaches so the City of Sunny Isles Beach advances with the times. The two main areas that the Commission and staff are currently focused on are Beach Sand Renourishment and Capital Projects. Beach …

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