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Let There Be Light

Holiday decoration snowflakes on lightpost

By Isaac Aelion, Commissioner Wednesday, July 25, 2018 — When the City of Sunny Isles Beach was incorporated in 1997, we inherited the street lights that existed at that time. With the development of the City and improvement of its infrastructure, the need for improved lighting increased. Throughout the past 21 years, the City has undertaken projects to meet this …

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Vacation Rentals & Condominium Living: A Dichotomy?

Buildings in Sunny Isles Beach

By Isaac Aelion, Commissioner Friday, June 29, 2018 — The tourism industry is an important part of the Sunny Isles Beach economy. While the City’s hotels are a natural venue for tourists to stay in, vacation rentals in condominiums are becoming more popular for lengthier stays. Increasingly so, short-term vacation rentals in condominiums are affecting the quality of residential living. …

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Fire Prevention in High-Rise Living

Two high-rise buildings lit up at night with a blue night sky background

By Isaac Aelion, Commissioner Thursday, March 22, 2018 — While a number of high-rises were already built when the City of Sunny Isles Beach was incorporated in 1997, many more have been built since then, and today, 85% of residents live in high-rises. Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue is the entity responsible for overseeing fire safety and fire code enforcement in …

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Bridging Our Community

North Bay Road Pedestrian Bridge

By Commissioner Isaac Aelion  Wednesday, February 28, 2018 — Since the City’s inception back in 1997, the population of Sunny Isles Beach has almost doubled. In addition to this population increase, the commuting needs of our residents have also seen an increase. To enhance pedestrian safety due to increased vehicular traffic, pedestrian bridges became undoubtedly necessary. To that end, the …

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Small Pains, Big Gains: Bumpy Collins Avenue

Aerial view of Collins Avenue by Acqualina Resort in Sunny Isles Beach.

Thursday, November 30, 2017 — By Isaac Aelion, City Commissioner During the last year, the residents of Sunny Isles Beach have experienced an inconvenience in traveling along Collins Avenue. This inconvenience is partially attributed to the undergrounding of the FPL power lines along Collins, which have necessitated patching of the road in several areas. Irma, the most recent hurricane to …

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From Mega Aquarium to Gateway Park: A Conceptual Transformation

Photo of the playground at Gateway Park.

Monday, January 2, 2017 — By Commissioner Isaac Aelion The concept of bringing a Mega Aquarium Attraction to the City of Sunny Isles Beach was born by noted visionary developer J. Milton of J. Milton & Associates back in 2010. At that time the Miami Seaquarium also viewed the project positively and initial joint efforts along with the City of …

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Bumpy Collins Avenue: A Little Sacrifice for a Safer Future

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

By Commissioner Isaac Aelion Saturday, November 5, 2016 — A few months ago our City commuters had noticed that Collins Avenue began to have a two-tone asphalt look with bumpy areas along the roadway. This is a result of the undergrounding project of the power lines along the avenue. Everyone remembers what happened when Hurricane Wilma hit our area 11 …

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The School Annex Conundrum

Entrance to Norman S. Edelcup k-8 School.

August 4, 2016 A Message from the desk of Commissioner Isaac Aelion Back in 2003, when the City of Sunny Isles Beach was just 6 years old, the pressure from young families with kids moving into the City was so great that a need to build a school arose, and in 2008 the first children walked into a brand new K-8 …

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A City That Keeps On Giving

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

June 29, 201 By Isaac Aelion, Commissioner Everyone is familiar with the expression “a gift that keeps on giving“. Well, I like to think that we are a City that keeps on giving to our residents. The City of Sunny Isles Beach which measures only 1.25 square miles in size and has today a population of 21,962 residents, will soon …

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The Western Buffer Zone

Aerial photo of Sunny Isles Beach.

February 29, 2016 By: Commissioner Isaac Aelion As the high rises on the east side of Collins were being erected during the last ten years, many residents living within the City of Sunny Isles Beach raised concerns that eventually the west side of Collins would be similarly developed. Unlike the east side of Collins where the back of every building …

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