Commissioner Lama

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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Our Youth Need Our Help – It’s a Matter of Life

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-275-TALK

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (June 2, 2020) – As we face the health and economic challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic, it is important to point out that a mental health crisis is devastating young Americans, with an increasing number suffering from depression and death by suicide. Suicides among Americans 10 to 24 years of age have spiked by 56% from …

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Coronavirus Resources for Seniors – Protecting those most vulnerable

Seniors

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (April 10, 2020) – The past couple of weeks have been a true test for our country and our community. We are in an unprecedented time and it is imperative that we come together to stop the spread of the coronavirus. It is widely known that older individuals are more at risk for serious illness and …

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Municipal Government: A Pillar of Democracy

Aerial view of the Sunny Isles Beach Government Center

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (Monday, December 30, 2019) – In the U.S. we cherish our beloved republic and its democratic process; and for this process to function, it is important to note that it needs municipal government. Municipal government truly exemplifies the idea of a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Municipal government is the …

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Helpful Resources from the State of Florida

Seniors sitting in a row of lawn chairs on the beach facing the ocean.

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (Wednesday, October 30, 2019) – Searching for help can sometimes be a daunting task. In this age of the internet when information is available at your fingertips, the extensive volume of results can still make it time-consuming to determine which is a good resource to contact when in need of assistance. Here are some resources available …

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Legislative Success

View of residential houses and condominium complexes in Sunny Isles Beach.

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (Tuesday, July 30, 2019) – Recent legislative action, which falls into the win column for local government, was the defeat of SB 824 (Diaz) and CS/CS/HB 987, Short-Term Rentals. This bill would have taken away the right of local municipalities, including Sunny Isles Beach, to regulate short-term rentals in their communities. With this bill, the state …

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The Importance of Beach Sand Renourishment

Ocean tide on the beach

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (Friday, May 24, 2019) – A delegation from our city traveled to Tallahassee in April to attend the State Legislative Sessions and meet with representatives of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to discuss beach sand renourishment. Last year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed a sand renourishment project that brought 150,000 cubic yards …

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The Importance of State Legislation

Florida Flag

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (Monday, March 25, 2019) – The 2019 Legislative Sessions began on March 5 in Tallahassee and will continue for 60 days. Here are some proposed bills that may impact our daily lives: The Use of Wireless Communication Devices While Driving: this bill would make texting and driving a primary offense and allow law enforcement officials to …

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Here to Help Our Community

Commissioner Alex Lama is sworn in at Commissioner

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (Thursday, January 24, 2019) – I am very thankful and happy to be able to serve our community. I have been living in Sunny Isles Beach for over 30 years and have a lot of family members in this city. This city is very dear to me as I have spent the majority of my life …

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