Commissioner Lama

Florida Legislative Highlights for 2024

"A half-mile long pier on north Miami Beach in the Sunny Isles Beach community, the Newport Fishing Pier is located adjacent to pier park at the intersection of Collins Avenue and Sunny Isles Boulevard. Built in 1982, the pier has been a popular angling destination for decades." Ref: Sunny Isles, Miami, Florida.

By Alex Lama, Vice Mayor (Thursday, May 2, 2024) – The State of Florida concluded another regular legislative session on March 8, and I would like to highlight a few legislative results that affect us at a municipal and personal level. Residential Building Permits HB 267 (Esposito) and SB 684 (DiCeglie) are comprehensive building permit bills that passed and are …

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Sunny Isles Beach Safety Efforts

Scoot Safe

By Alex Lama, Vice Mayor (Monday, March 4, 2024) – I am happy to be back with my first article of the year and would like to thank you for your continued support. I also wish you health and prosperity for 2024. I am excited to inform you, if you are not aware already, that in our commitment to improve …

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Utilizing Available Resources

Skyline view of Sunny Isles Beach

(Friday, November 3, 2023) – In March of this year, I wrote about resources offered by Miami-Dade County for condominium owners in need of assistance with their special assessment for the 40-year recertification, as well as resources to help home buyers. I’d like to remind our residents that these resources are still available. Additionally, I know a resident who applied …

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Beware of Disinformation

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (Tuesday, September 5, 2023) – When the internet went mainstream in the mid-1990s and the flow of information started to proliferate, the thought was that these new sources of information would empower people to have more data and be better equipped to know the truth. It was an exciting time and felt liberating. The underlying thought …

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Florida Legislative Highlights for 2023

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (Monday, July 10, 2023) – The State of Florida concluded its 2023 legislative sessions on May 5. Below are some outcomes that affect local governments and Florida residents. Sovereign Immunity CS/HB 401 (Beltran) and SB 604 (Gruters) – The failed bills proposed an increase in the statutory limits on liability for tort claims against the state, …

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Mental Health is Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (Thursday, May 11, 2023) – May is National Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States and the importance of mental health needs to be emphasized and brought to the forefront in our society, especially now that depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns have been amplified by the COVID pandemic and current societal and economic …

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Proposed Charter Amendments – Election Results

Government Center

(Friday, June 3, 2023) – On Tuesday, May 23, 2023, the City of Sunny Isles Beach held a Special Election to vote on 14 proposed amendments to the City’s Charter. The following are the results: Appointment of Vice Mayor It was proposed that the Charter be amended to provide that the Vice Mayor be elected by nomination of the Mayor, …

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Resources from Miami-Dade County

Aerial view of Sunny Isles Beach

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (Friday, March 3, 2023) – Hello, dear friends and neighbors – it’s been a while. I hope that you are doing well. 2022 sure tested our spirits and further trained us to be resilient. I am positive that 2023 will be a better year for us in Sunny Isles Beach and our surrounding communities. Based on …

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Moving Forward

Police officers and vehicles

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (Wednesday, November 2, 2022) – I would like to commend and thank the Police Department, City Manager’s Office, the city staff and my fellow commissioners on the accomplishments we have been able to achieve so far in 2022. As public servants and city employees, our number one priority is to work for the well-being of the …

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Beware of Fentanyl

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (August 3, 2022) – Fentanyl overdose has become the leading cause of death in the U.S. for adults ages 18-45, per the CDC, with deaths involving synthetic opioids, mostly fentanyl, rising from 50,000 in 2020 to 71,000 in 2022. Fentanyl is a synthetic drug that is very cheap to manufacture and can be 100 times stronger …

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