Commissioner Viscarra

Expanding Our Civic Engagement

By Jeniffer Viscarra, Commissioner (Tuesday, September 5, 2023) – As many of you know, one of my main objectives is to improve civic engagement in Sunny Isles Beach. Civic engagement can be volunteering, being properly informed, attending an event, taking a city survey, or sharing a concern with your Commission. In short, any time an SIB resident takes time out of …

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Guiding Residents Toward Meaningful Advocacy

Commissioner Viscarra speaking to residents at a Town Hall Meeting

By Jeniffer Viscarra, Commissioner (Monday, July 10, 2023) – Most cities are not like Sunny Isles Beach. And most of Florida is not like South Florida. Yet, when a new state law is created, it applies across all counties and municipalities, whether coastal, rural, or industrial. Sometimes that means that a law intended to help a particular kind of area …

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Commissioner Jeniffer Viscarra Honored with 2023 Home Rule Hero Award

Commissioner Jeniffer Viscarra

City of Sunny Isles Beach Official recognized for advocacy efforts during the 2023 Legislative Session (Thursday, May 11, 2023) – The Florida League of Cities (FLC), the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments, recently recognized City of Sunny Isles Beach Commissioner Jeniffer Viscarra with a 2023 Home Rule Hero Award for her hard work and advocacy efforts during the 2023 …

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Bad Bills are Risky Business

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By Jeniffer Viscarra, Commissioner (Tuesday, April 4, 2023) – As you may be aware, the 2023 legislative session is underway. This is the period during which the Florida House and Senate introduce, debate, amend, and eventually pass legislation that can impact all of us. This year over 1700 bills have been filed. Many will never get anywhere, some will progress …

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Proposed Charter Amendments – Election Results

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(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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Sunny Isles Beach Residents’ Academy

Residents' Academy

2023 Session The Sunny Isles Beach Residents’ Academy is an 7-session course that will introduce residents to the operations of the City of Sunny Isles Beach. The Academy will explain the policy process, public service delivery and describe how our local government addresses some of its most challenging issues. The Academy provides participants with the information, resources, and tools they …

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Charter Revision Commission: An Amazing Opportunity for Civic Engagement

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By Jeniffer Viscarra, Vice Mayor (Monday, January 2, 2023) – First and foremost, I want to wish all our residents a very happy and prosperous New Year. I am starting 2023 as the re-elected Commissioner for Seat 4, an accomplishment that is only possible with the support of the community, for which I am grateful. Thank you! If you watched …

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Is Nothing Sacred?

By Jeniffer Viscarra, Vice Mayor (Wednesday, November 2, 2022) – At the Sunny Isles Beach February Commission Meeting, right after a particularly toxic campaign period, Rabbi Kaller delivered a moving invocation. Referencing The Diary of Anne Frank, it was a call to heal, to turn the page, and to believe in the good in each other. It was a message …

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Budget Talk

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By Jeniffer Viscarra, Vice Mayor (Monday, October 10, 2022) – One of the primary responsibilities for elected officials in any municipality is to adopt a responsible budget. Sunny Isles Beach is no exception. We must be good stewards of the taxpayers’ dollars, as those funds are intended to serve you. Over the past 10 years, the budget has increased an …

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Teens at the Forefront

Three teens making pizza at a teens only cooking class

By Jeniffer Viscarra, Vice Mayor (Thursday, July 14, 2022) – Sunny Isles Beach celebrated its 25th anniversary last month. Since incorporating in 1997, we have become a more diverse and family-oriented place to live, work, and play. As our city changed, so did our residents’ needs. Among those needs is the social well-being and safety of our teens. At the …

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