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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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Caring for Ourselves

Group of people wearing masks while working at a table together in a cafe.

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (Wednesday, September 1, 2021) – The resurgence of COVID-19 with its Delta variant is overrunning Florida hospitals as our state accounts for almost 18% of new cases in the U.S. per Johns Hopkins University. Many health experts warn that this new outbreak is the most severe so far and continues to spread at an alarming rate. …

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Special Elections and Your Role in the Future of our Commission

Polling location sign pointing to the entrance of the SIB Government Center

By Jeniffer Viscarra, Commissioner (Wednesday, September 1, 2021) – By now you’ve heard that Mayor George “Bud” Scholl resigned effective September 1, 2021. Given the demands on him as President and CEO of One Blood, he felt he could no longer give the city the attention it deserves. To his credit, Bud stepped aside to allow a leader with greater …

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The Conception of Gateway Center & Our Late Former Commissioner, Roz Brezin

Seating area at Gateway Center

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (Friday, August 6, 2021) – Gateway Center is our most impressive construction and architectural accomplishment to date with innovative technology that rivals any top-of-the-line facility and rental space. Designed to the last detail, Gateway Center exemplifies a new age in recreation and rental facilities. When I think back to the conception of Gateway Center, I …

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Update on the Special Building Inspections Program

Aerial view of Sunny Isles Beach

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager (Friday, August 6, 2021) – By now, most of our residents know that the Building Department initiated a Special Inspection Program at the end of June in response to the Surfside building collapse. This program allows our Building Department to assess each property built before 1982 and uncover any unexpected issues. Just as …

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Safety Begins With Us

Parents and children using the crosswalk as they walk to school.

By Larisa Svechin, Vice Mayor (Friday, August 6, 2021) – It’s that time of year again when our children head back to school and we all know that means increased traffic on the streets and the sidewalks. With kids back in the classroom on August 23, we can expect the usual drop-off and pick-up influx of cars and pedestrians on …

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The Surfside Collapse and the Inevitability of Change

View of Sunny Isles Beach looking south.

By Dana Goldman, Commissioner (Friday, August 6, 2021) – The Surfside collapse is a tragedy without precedent in our coastal communities. The loss to our neighboring Surfside community is both immense and incalculable. Over time, Surfside will likely be viewed as a watershed moment. It’s a turning point in how we address building inspection, reinspection, maintenance protocols and oversight along …

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A Message from Mayor George “Bud” Scholl

Message from the Mayor

This letter is to regrettably inform you that I am resigning my position as Mayor effective September 1, 2021. This is not a decision that I have taken lightly, however it is a decision that I need to take. For many of us, this past year has been one of the most difficult years in our lives. It certainly has …

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