Former Mayor Scholl

Brightline Train Service Update

Rendering of a downtown Miami Brightline Station

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (Thursday, December 28, 2017) – All Aboard Florida,, a division of Florida East Coast Industries, is building Brightline,, an intercity express train service that will connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach with Orlando. This initiative, now in the final planning stages, is significant for a number of reasons and could ultimately …

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Looking Forward to a Special Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest

On stage performance at Gateway Park

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (Tuesday, October 31, 2017) – This is the time of year when the weather gets a little cooler, another hurricane season comes to a close, and our annual Jazz Fest happens. This is a big year for Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest for two reasons. The first is that our Jazz Fest will celebrate its …

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Message from our Mayor: State of the City – After Irma

State of the City - after Irma by Mayor George "Bud" Scholl

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (September 15, 2017) – The past week has been a very difficult and stressful time for everyone in Sunny Isles Beach and throughout Florida. As we all know by now, we were spared what could have been a catastrophic event that would have changed our community for years to come. The images from the lower …

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Reflections on our Sunny Isles Beach Sister City, Taormina, Italy

Aerial photo of Sister City, Taormina, Italy.

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (Friday, September 1, 2017) – Looking for inspiration to write something interestingly, I was sitting in a small cafe in Taormina, Sicily as the motorinos (scooters) engulfed the town square with their morning deliveries. Then I remembered I am vacationing in Taormina because it is a Sister City to Sunny Isles Beach. Given my affinity …

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From the Mayor: Praise for Miami Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR)

4 Miami Dade Fire Rescue Members Posting in front of their Miami Dade Fire Truck.

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (August 31, 2017) – As most of our residents know by now we have a world class police force. Our police force works directly for our City and the quality of their community policing services is unparalleled. Another agency vital to the health and well being of our community are the services provided by our …

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Sunny Isles Beach Lowers Millage Rate for 7th Year in a Row

Aerial photo of a Sunny Isles Beach residential area.

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (Thursday, August 3, 2017) – No one likes paying taxes and property taxes are no exception! However, I have good news regarding the portion of our property taxes that are collected for operating our City. We take our responsibility for keeping the City’s property taxes as low as possible very seriously. In fact, for the …

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Update on Major Projects Currently Underway in Sunny Isles Beach

Rendering for the Gateway Pedestrian Bridge at 163rd Street.

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (Friday, June 23, 2017) – In addition to the number of new buildings still under construction by developers, our City has also had several large, complex projects happening over the past several months. Probably the most visible to our residents and guests has been the undergrounding of our utility lines and new lighting posts along Collins …

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Celebrating 20 Years of Sunny Isles Beach – Message From the Mayor

SIB 20th Anniversary Logo

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (Monday, May 29, 2017) – Happy Anniversary! June 16th marks the 20th anniversary of our City! When we think of Sunny Isles Beach, what comes to mind is the miles of beautiful beaches, the architecture, the parks and the incomparable weather. Communities evolve because of the vision, dedication and persistence from people that build them. …

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Impact of Police Visibility in Sunny Isles Beach

The City Police Patrol poses on their bicycles.

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (Tuesday, April 25, 2017) – Several years ago my wife and I got to know our Police Chief Fred Maas. This was my first exposure to anyone directly involved in law enforcement as a career. Other than the stereotypical portrayals from TV and movies, I had very little knowledge of what was actually involved in …

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