Former Mayor Scholl

Introducing Two New Sunny Isles Beach Commissioners

Overall view of the SIB Government Center.

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (December 29, 2018) – It is my privilege to introduce Jeniffer Viscarra and Alex Lama as the newest members of our Commission. Election years are always taxing, but term limits allow for fresh faces, fresh ideas, and fresh perspectives. As a City that is growing, adapting and advancing, turnover in leadership is imperative to continually …

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A Season of Service

Lit lanterns lined up next to each other.

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (December 4, 2018) – I want to first express how honored I am to serve as your mayor for another four-year term. Our City has seen tremendous growth and development in recent years with the support and leadership from the City Commission and City Staff, and I look forward to the strides we will make …

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Election Year Brings Change

Commissioners Jeanette Gatto and Isaac Aelion

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (Saturday, November 3, 2018) – This November we prepare for another election year, which brings change to our City Commission. Commissioners Jeanette Gatto and Isaac Aelion have served the maximum of two four-year terms as City Commissioners and their seats are now up for election. Throughout the last eight years, I have had the privilege …

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Stay Vigilant This Hurricane Season

Two lightning strikes from dark clouds at nighttime above the city skyline of Sunny Isles Beach.

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (Wednesday, October 10, 2018) – We tend to associate July, August and September as the key months during hurricane season, however, hurricane season does not officially end until November 30. This October keep your hurricane supplies stocked up and your eyes on the weather. We are still vulnerable to dangerous storms and staying vigilant throughout …

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Election Season is Near

A promotional picture to vote in the presidential elections.

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (Thursday, August 30, 2018) – Our municipal elections have staggered four-year terms. This means that three of our five elected positions (Mayor and residential area Commission seats 2 and 4) will be up for election this year. In two years, two positions (residential area Commission seats 1 and 3) will be up for election. The …

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The Mayor’s Technology Challenge Continues with Launch of SIBAlert


By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (Thursday, August 23, 2018) – We live in a world where staying connected is extremely simple. Computers, tablets, smartphones, and smart watches all place information at your fingertips. We established the “Mayor’s Technology Challenge” in 2016 to improve our residents’ and visitors’ quality of life and communication through innovative technologies. During the fall, we plan …

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SIB Police Department Begins a New Era

Police Chief Fred Maas and newly sworn-in Police Chief Dwight Snyder.

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (Friday, July 27, 2018) – Last month, our Chief of Police, Fred Maas, retired after 43 years of dedicated service in law enforcement, 20 years with us in the City of Sunny Isles Beach. It was not always easy and it was not always fun, but Chief Maas helped build the Sunny Isles Beach Police …

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Honoring Former Commissioner Gerry Goodman

Headshot of Gerry Goodman.

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (Thursday, June 28, 2018) – Last month we received the sad news that on May 30, 2018, our friend and colleague, former City Commissioner, Gerald “Gerry” Goodman passed away. My fondest memories of Gerry go back to my earliest days over 10 years ago when we were serving on the City Commission together. One night, late …

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House Bill 631 & Our Beach

Aerial view of the neatly grated beach and shoreline with white beach chairs lined up.

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (Wednesday, May 30, 2018) – On March 23, Governor Scott signed House Bill 631 into law. This generated a lot of sensationalistic media stories around the public’s right to use Florida’s beaches. It also generated a lot of phone calls and email messages to my office regarding how this will affect Sunny Isles Beach. The …

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172 – 174 Street Pedestrian Bridge: From Concern to Curiosity

Aerial shot of the emergency pedestrian bridge connecting 172-174 street.

“Many quotes have been stated around fear of the unknown. However, my favorite is “Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity.” By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (Monday, April 30, 2018) – I very much wished for many years that concerns over the construction of our newly completed Emergency/Pedestrian Bridge (the EP Bridge) joining North Bay Road from 172 Street to …

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