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Helping Families in Times of Need

KidSide Taking the kid's side in high-conflict Family Court

By Jeniffer Viscarra, Commissioner (August 31, 2020) – Many families in high conflict court proceedings simply cannot afford the therapeutic services necessary for critical intervention. For this reason, Miami-Dade County created Family Court Services (FCS), which provides supervised visitation and family, individual, and reunification therapy. As an attorney and Guardian Ad Litem, I have seen how invaluable FCS is for …

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Congratulations to the Class of 2020

Sunny Isles Beach graduates at Grad-and-Go event

By Jeniffer Viscarra, Commissioner (Tuesday, June 23, 2020) – A lot was asked of families and communities as we turned our homes into offices and classrooms as a result of COVID-19. A lot was asked of children who had to quickly adapt to schooling through a laptop. A lot was asked of parents who had to learn alongside their kids …

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Overwhelmed but Not Alone

Home in Sunny Isles Beach

By Jeniffer Viscarra, Commissioner (May 15, 2020) – The one thing we can all do to fight this pandemic is to stay home. However, staying home may look different for each household in our community. If you have school-aged children, you are now dealing with distance learning and all that entails – figuring out the technology involved, keeping the kids …

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Strengthening our Community by Empowering Residents

Young family with child

Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand.”—Confucius By Jeniffer Viscarra, Commissioner (Saturday, January  25, 2020) – Throughout 2019, the Mayor and Commissioners, each in our own way, wrote about the importance of public participation. Whether it’s for “building a unified community” as Vice Mayor Svechin said, or to “make …

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A Look Back at 2019 and the Importance of Public Participation

Commissioner Lama, Commissioner Viscarra and Cultural & Community Services Director, Sylvia Flores at the Beach Cleanup

By Jeniffer Viscarra, Commissioner (Monday, December 25, 2019) –  First and foremost, I want to wish all SIB residents a very happy holiday season and healthy new year. As I reflect on 2019, I am grateful for an interesting and rewarding first year as a city commissioner. Undoubtedly, there were challenges, but there was also the satisfaction of seeing residents …

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Preserving Quality of Life for All Residents

View of Sunny Isles Beach

By Jeniffer Viscarra, Commissioner (Thursday, September 5, 2019) – In early 2019, I learned that the City’s land-use plan, known as the Comprehensive Plan, requires a correction. With regards to the Town Center District, the Plan has not been legally compliant since 2007 and became non-compliant again for a different reason in 2011. However, six buildings that included many residences …

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What’s the difference between SIB & NSE/SIB K-8 School

Aerial view of the NSE SIB K-8 School

By Vice Mayor Larisa Svechin & Commissioner Jeniffer Viscarra (Monday, June 24, 2019) – Throughout recent years, our small, close-knit community has become increasingly family-oriented. NSE/Sunny Isles Beach K-8, an A-rated school, is a significant factor of this shift in our community. This superior school has increased our property values and therefore attracted families from all over the world. It …

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Human Trafficking Awareness Training

Everyone should be free. Stop Modern Day Slavery. You are the solution. Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking

By Jeniffer Viscarra, Commissioner (Monday, March 25, 2019) – Miami-Dade’s GRACE Court (Growth Renewed through Acceptance, Change and Empowerment) is a specialized court created to provide comprehensive services and support to child victims of human trafficking and is the first of its kind in the nation. While a valuable resource, its existence highlights the prevalence of this problem in South …

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Grateful to Serve as Your Commissioner

Commissioner Jeniffer Viscarra is sworn in at November Commission Meeting

By Jeniffer Viscarra (Friday, December 28, 2018) – In this new year, the City of Sunny Isles beach has two new commissioners; I am grateful to be one of them. I grew up around these parts. My family moved to the Aventura area in 1981 when I was seven years old. I attended local schools and graduated from North Miami Beach …

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