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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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Budget Message for the 2021-2022 Fiscal Year

Budget Message Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Office of the City Manager

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager In accordance with article IV Section 4.5 of the charter of the City of Sunny Isles Beach, and under an unprecedented second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the continued efforts of our hard-working staff, I am proud to submit the proposed budget for the fiscal year 2021-2022. Who would have thought …

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2021 Beach Sand Renourishment Project

Aerial image of the beach announcing the Public Meeting regarding the Beach Sand Renourishment Project in Sunny Isles Beach.

Project Update – Thursday, September 23, 2021 As of September 17, beach sand placement has been completed along the entire stretch of our beach. Over the course of the project, 269,000 cubic yards of sand from the Garcia Mine in Hendry County, Florida were added to our beach. Project A beach sand renourishment project will begin in Sunny Isles Beach …

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Farewell Mayor Scholl

Mayor Scholl

(Wednesday, September 1, 2021) – Typically, the first page of the Islander is written by the Mayor. However, as many of you already know, Mayor George “Bud” Scholl has resigned effective September 1, 2021. If you have not read his farewell message, we invite you to read it here. We wanted to use this space to say thank you to …

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Reflecting on 25 Years of Progress and Looking Toward the Future

View of Sunny Isles Beach skyline and Golden Shores neighborhood.

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager (Wednesday, September 1, 2021) – Many of our residents have lived in Sunny Isles Beach before it was officially incorporated in 1997. To say that our city looks nothing like it did nearly 25 years ago would be an understatement. The first time I visited SIB was when I interviewed for City Manager …

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