Public Safety

Traffic & Pedestrian Safety in Sunny Isles Beach

Traffic on Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach with buildings and ocean view of coastline.

By Dwight Snyder, Former Police Chief (Saturday, November 3, 2018) – Normally this article is reserved for our City Manager who keeps us informed on capital projects and future innovative developments currently in the planning stages, which makes this a world class and cutting-edge community. This month the manager graciously gave his article space to the police department, so we …

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Welcome Back: Traffic Safety Tips for the New School Year

Mother and her two children cross the street on the way to school with crossing guard holding a stop sign for traffic.

By Dwight Snyder, Police Chief (Tuesday, August 28, 2018) – We at the Sunny Isles Beach Police Department welcome back our parents, students and teachers to the Norman S. Edelcup / Sunny Isles Beach K-8 and hope your summer vacation was enjoyable and full of new adventures. But as summer comes to a close, it’s the start of a new school …

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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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Fire Prevention in High-Rise Living

Two high-rise buildings lit up at night with a blue night sky background

By Isaac Aelion, Commissioner (Thursday, March 22, 2018) – While a number of high-rises were already built when the City of Sunny Isles Beach was incorporated in 1997, many more have been built since then, and today, 85% of residents live in high-rises. Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue is the entity responsible for overseeing fire safety and fire code enforcement in …

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The Dedication of Teachers – In and Out of the Classroom

Norman S. Edelcup K-8 School

By Fred A. Maas, Police Chief (Wednesday, February 28, 2018) – Although they will both more than likely be upset with me for the recognition given them, I cannot speak about our “team” without including them. In fact, they are the heart and soul which energizes the rest of us to serve with them. I am referring to Ms. Alissa …

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SIBPD Motor Unit Officer Wins Prestigious Borrell Award

Officer David Barrios pictured holding his David Borrell award

By Fred Maas, Police Chief (Friday, February 16, 2018) – The 10th Annual John and Joe Borrell Award Ceremony was held on Jan. 9, 2018, when the prestigious John and Joe Borrell Award was presented to Sunny Isles Beach motorcycle patrolman Officer David Barrios. The event and dinner, held at the world famous Christine Lee’s restaurant at Gulfstream Park, is …

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Traffic Safety is a Two-Way Street

163rd Street & Collins Ave Pedestrian Crossing Light. Vehicles MUST stop at the crosswalk when the light is flashing.

By Fred Maas, Police Chief (Monday, January 29, 2018) – Winter is an extremely busy season in South Florida and our streets are seeing increased levels of traffic. With more vehicles on the road and pedestrians on the street, the risk of accidents and fatalities is heightened. We want to ensure your safety whether you are driving your child to school, …

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Being Homeless is Not a Criminal Violation

Empty bus bench with a clothing item laying on top.

This is Part Three of a three-part series from Sunny Isles Beach Police Department Staff. Read Part 1: Homelessness Is A Problem, Not Always A Crime Read Part 2: Homelessness & Trespassing, Public vs. Private Property By Fred Maas, Police Chief (Thursday, December 28, 2017) – The assimilation of the homeless in our society and community can be an annoyance …

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From the City Manager: Police Chief’s Address at Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Police k-9 and bites on a arm covering worn by a police officer on the ground during a K-9 Police Unit demonstration.

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager (Tuesday, October 31, 2017) – Too often in some communities, people equate police officers with ‘enforcement,’ such as receiving a speeding ticket, arresting someone, or worse. Listening to Sunny Isles Beach Police Chief Fred Maas address the Aventura Marketing Council at the Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, I was …

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Hurricane Season Resources

Hurricane Season. June 1 - November 30

The South Florida hurricane season begins on June 1 and ends November 30. Sunny Isles Beach is located in the Zone B floodplain where a hurricane may cause a storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, flooding, or loss of utility services. Review the below resources to ensure you are prepared before, during and after a storm. 2023 Miami-Dade County Hurricane Guide …

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