Commissioner Lama

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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Remarkable Recognitions

Mika Shevit with Sunny Isles Beach Commission

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (Friday, May 6, 2022) – It is with great pleasure and admiration that I bring attention to some great deeds and accomplishments by our own Sunny Isles Beach residents and employees. Ocean Rescue Team: On February 23, 2022, Louis and Douglas from our Ocean Rescue Team Tower #174 rescued a resident who was swimming in the …

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Leading by Example

Sunny Isles Beach Government Center

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (Friday, March 4, 2022) – Elected officials are public servants chosen by residents to serve the community and make their lives better. Voters have entrusted these elected officials with the honor and privilege to carry out their duties in the most efficient, diligent and professional manner. As stewards of the community, public servants must always be …

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Important State Legislation for 2022

Wooden gavel near notebook on table.

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (Friday, January 7, 2022) – As we commence 2022, I wish you a healthy, prosperous and happy new year. I also want to inform you of important upcoming legislation proposals at the 2022 Florida Legislative Session in Tallahassee from January 11 – March 11, 2022. Local Ordinances SB 280 (Hutson) and HB 403 (Giallombardo) would require …

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Happy Thanksgiving

City of Sunny Isles Beach employees distributing gift bags to residents at Marian Towers for Thanksgiving

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (Friday, November 5, 2021) – Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It is an ideal time to spend with family and friends, to relax, share some laughs and indulge in lots of food, especially my favorite dessert, pumpkin pie. It is a day to be grateful for what we have and for the good fortune …

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Caring for Ourselves

Group of people wearing masks while working at a table together in a cafe.

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (Wednesday, September 1, 2021) – The resurgence of COVID-19 with its Delta variant is overrunning Florida hospitals as our state accounts for almost 18% of new cases in the U.S. per Johns Hopkins University. Many health experts warn that this new outbreak is the most severe so far and continues to spread at an alarming rate. …

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The Importance of Home Rule

View of Sunny Isles Beach skyline and intracoastal waterway

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (Thursday, April 1, 2021) – At the end of January 2021, I watched with alarm as State legislators introduced bills that intend to erode local government’s abilities to protect and improve their communities. The relentless pursuit of certain Tallahassee legislators to exert power over municipalities’ own affairs is distressing and should remind local leaders and communities …

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A Collaborative Approach

Sunny Isles Beach skyline view with sunrise

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (December 28, 2020) – As we begin 2021, several challenges continue to face South Florida. Unfortunately, the most pressing challenge is the Coronavirus pandemic. State legislators did not convene a special session in 2020 to address pandemic-related issues and therefore most of the decisions have remained under the control of the Governor. Session committee meetings begin …

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Thank You

City staff member making a welfare call to Sunny Isles Beach senior resident

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (October 30, 2020) – I would like to express my gratitude to the great staff and police department we have in Sunny Isles Beach. City employees and our police officers have done a wonderful job in helping residents navigate the health and financial hardships we have endured the last seven months due to the coronavirus. Throughout …

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Standing United

Sunrise over the Newport Fishing Pier

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (July 30, 2020) – Last month we celebrated the 244th birthday of the United States of America and as the fourth of July fireworks faded and the celebrations drew to a close, I kept thinking of how grateful I am to live in this country. Living here offers many of us the tranquility of personal safety …

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