Sunny News

Important State Legislation for 2022

Wooden gavel near notebook on table.

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (Friday, January 7, 2022) – As we commence 2022, I wish you a healthy, prosperous and happy new year. I also want to inform you of important upcoming legislation proposals at the 2022 Florida Legislative Session in Tallahassee from January 11 – March 11, 2022. Local Ordinances SB 280 (Hutson) and HB 403 (Giallombardo) would require …

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A Road to Community Empowerment

City Commission at dais

By Jeniffer Viscarra, Vice Mayor (Friday, January 7, 2022) – And just like that, 2021 is behind us. For many of us it was a year of transitioning “ back to normal.” Our children went back to school. Our commission meetings went from Zoom, to hybrid, to fully back in person. Our events calendar got a little fuller, and residents …

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A Look Back at 2021

Sunny Isles Beach skyline

By Jeniffer Viscarra, Vice Mayor (Friday, December 3, 2021) – As 2021 comes to an end, I want to wish all our residents a very happy and safe holiday season. For Sunny Isles Beach, 2021 was a year marked with surprises and tragedy. As for surprises, the biggest was former Mayor Bud Scholl’s resignation, which left us with a four-person …

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2022 Photo Contest Winners

Sparkling reflective water in front of the Sunny Isles Beach skyline

Annual Sunny Isles Beach Photo Contest The City of Sunny Isles Beach held its annual photography contest, asking residents and visitors to submit their beautiful photos of Sunny Isles Beach. We received many creative and stunning photographs of our picturesque city. Winning photos were selected by our calendar design committee and the winning photographers were recognized at the November 30, …

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New Streetlights in Sunny Isles Beach

Biker rides down the street in Golden Shores under the light of the new streetlights.

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager (Friday, November 5, 2021) – The Golden Shores Streetlighting project was recently completed in October. If you live or have been to the Golden Shores neighborhood in the past few weeks, you should have seen the new lights illuminating the streets at night. The installation of 130 streetlights marks a milestone in the …

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Happy Thanksgiving

City of Sunny Isles Beach employees distributing gift bags to residents at Marian Towers for Thanksgiving

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (Friday, November 5, 2021) – Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It is an ideal time to spend with family and friends, to relax, share some laughs and indulge in lots of food, especially my favorite dessert, pumpkin pie. It is a day to be grateful for what we have and for the good fortune …

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Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety

Chief Grandinetti watches as Officer uses radar gun on oncoming traffic during Traffic Safety Blitz on 163 Street

By Michael Grandinetti, Interim Police Chief (Friday, November 5, 2021) – Safety is at the forefront of everything we do, especially pedestrian safety. I have been with the Sunny Isles Beach Police Department for 23 years and have witnessed firsthand the growth and development on our streets. I’ve seen how, over the last 20 years, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians have …

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Changes Bring Opportunities for Growth

Sun and Palm trees

By Larisa Svechin, Mayor (Friday, October 1, 2021) – There have been some changes in Sunny Isles Beach, which I believe bring opportunities for growth. As we know, former Mayor Scholl resigned and I assumed the role of Mayor until the special election that will be held on November 2. Our beloved former Chief of Police Dwight Snyder retired and …

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Environmentalism “East of Collins” – Dune Restoration is Underway

Sand dune on the beach.

By Dana Goldman, Commissioner (Friday, October 1, 2021) – There’s a new environmental movement afoot “East of Collins.” I am proud to have served as the catalyst for a new sustainability measure in our city through the introduction of “Adopt-a-Dune” to our beachfront condominiums. The initial evaluation of the dunes and potential dune restoration initiatives along the city’s coastal construction …

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Message from the City Clerk on Special Elections

A promotional picture to vote in the presidential elections.

By Mauricio Betancur, City Clerk (Friday, October 1, 2021) – On September 1, former Mayor George “Bud” Scholl’s resignation took effect, resulting in a vacancy on the City Commission. Our city’s charter states that a special election must be held to fill the seat between 45 and 90 days following the vacancy. To that end, a special election is scheduled …

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