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Message from Mayor George “Bud” Scholl on Zika Virus Initiatives

City of Sunny Isles Beach Official City Seal.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 Dear Residents and Visitors, Given the recent identification of the first Zika virus cases that were locally acquired, I wanted to update you on our ongoing efforts to address this issue within our City.  First and foremost, no locally acquired cases of Zika have been identified in or near Sunny Isles Beach.  We are simply conveying …

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Creating a Safer Environment for Our City’s Pedestrians

Sunny Isles Beach City Manager Chris Russo is presented an incentive check for working towards a safer environment for our City's pedestrians.

May 25, 2016 By Chris Russo, City Manager Many of the featured articles in this newsletter have been about new capital projects, development, and many other new challenges in our City. But this article is about the “not so new” areas of the west side of our City where we have a high concentration of residents who mostly live in …

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Police search underway for suspected bank ATM skimmer

A photo of the suspected ATM bank skimmer.

May 13, 2016 Sunny Isles Beach Police are searching for a man who attached a skimming device to the ATM at a Sunny Isles Beach Bank last month. Police have excellent surveillance footage and are looking for anyone who might know this person. This story appeared on Channel 7 News on Thursday, May 12, 2016. —— The below article appeared …

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Officer Norbie Alvarez Takes Officer of the Year Honors for 2014

January 27, 2015 By Chief Fred Maas On Thursday, December 18, 2014, the annual police awards for the City of Sunny Isles Beach were held at the Government Center in Sunny Isles Beach. This annual recognition honors the Best of the Best in specific categories, including Humanitarian and Community Policing efforts. The coveted “Officer of the Year” award always highlights …

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SIBPD Detectives Stop Crime in Progress

Headshot of Sunny Isles Beach Police Chief Fred Maas.

By Police Chief Fred Maas December 16, 2014 — Once again, the safety of our community was enhanced when an alert and observant undercover detective from Sunny Isles Beach Police observed three (3) subjects trying to remove a card reader/skimmer from the ATM at a local bank. Sunny Isles Beach Police Department undercover detectives, conducting anti-Holiday crime surveillance, noticed the men …

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Traffic Safety Corner: High Beams could mean High “Fees”

High beam illustration showing how dangerous it is to drive with your high beams on.

March 4, 2014 By Sergeant Brian Schnell If you are anything like me, oncoming motorists that insist on driving with their high beam head lights on is seriously annoying.  More than an annoyance, this is actually against the law (Florida State Statute 316.238) and carries a hefty $179.00 fine as a “Moving Infraction”.  In addition to the fine, points may …

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Homelessness & Trespassing, Public vs. Private Property

Empty bus bench with a clothing item laying on top.

December 17, 2013 — This is Part Two of a Series from Sunny Isles Beach Police Department Staff By Fred Maas, Police Chief In Part One of a series dealing with Homelessness and its related issues, we covered some general perceptions and misconceptions about the topic. The feedback from a variety of concerned readers and residents was tremendous. It only …

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Homelessness Is A Problem, Not Always A Crime…

Empty bus bench with a clothing item laying on top.

November 21, 2013 — This is Part One of a Series from Sunny Isles Beach Police Department Staff By Fred Maas, Police Chief At least once a week, local or national media devote their attention to the topic of “The Homeless.”  Whether it is an isolated incident, a local story or a national ruling by the Supreme Court, the issue …

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