Sunny News

New Building Permit Fees

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(Tuesday, August 3, 2021) – We would like to commend the Building Department on successfully developing a new building permit fee structure. After a comprehensive analysis conducted by JRD & Associates, the new fee structure is more transparent, concise, easy to understand, and will ensure cost recovery. The most notable part of the revised building permit fees is that they …

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School Safety Information

Photo: School drop-off and pick-up location

Back to School Safety Ensuring a safe and successful school year for your family starts at home. Before the first day of school, parents and guardians should talk with their children about a safety plan. Teach your children what to do in case they get lost by establishing a meet-up spot, such as the SIB Government Center, in case of …

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Important Update on Special Building Inspections

Building inspector typing on an ipad.

In response to the partial building collapse in Surfside, the Sunny Isles Beach Building Department has initiated a proactive inspection process for commercial and multi-family buildings built prior to 1982. Sunny Isles Beach has 59 properties that meet this criteria. Out of these structures, 39 have received their required recertification for continued occupancy and 20 are in different stages of …

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Support Those Impacted by the Building Collapse in Surfside

Support Surfside

Our thoughts are collectively with our friends and neighbors in Surfside who were impacted by a devastating building collapse at Champlain Towers on Thursday, June 24. To view the latest updates, visit the Town of Surfside’s webpage. Financial Support The Coral Gables Community Foundation, The Key Biscayne Community Foundation, The Miami Foundation, and Miami HEAT have launched a fund to …

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Update on Capital Projects

Gateway Center

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager (Thursday, June 3, 2021) – Our most important capital projects have, for the most part, remained on track even though we scaled down some and delayed others due to the coronavirus pandemic. As we head into the summer season, I want to share some updates on our most prominent projects with you. Golden …

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Message from the Mayor: Update on COVID-19 Mandates and Guidelines

Our Best Shot Starts with Your Shot

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (Thursday, June 3, 2021) – Summer is here and, fortunately, we are seeing a return to our more normal daily lives. The vaccine rollout has provided hope after a long year of isolation and limitations, and with this comes the easing of many restrictions. The most notable change as a result of the vaccine and …

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Sustainability Practices and Procedures: Past, Present and Future

Intracoastal Waterway near Sunny Isles Beach

By Dana Goldman, Commissioner (Thursday, June 3, 2021) – Over the past few years, Sunny Isles Beach has been making great strides with our sustainability practices and procedures. Since the ECOMMITTED program began, we have implemented prohibitions on single-use plastics and polystyrene, expanded our recycling measures citywide, and increased our event initiatives. Most recently, the City hosted a Collection Day …

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Connecting Our Community with a New Brand

Rebranding Sunny Isles Beach

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager (Monday, May 3, 2021) – The City of Sunny Isles Beach is currently moving forward to the second phase of our rebranding project. I have been asked by some residents, ‘Why now?’ How did we decide that it was the right time to rebrand? Until recently, the City was still developing and figuring …

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Our Best Shot Starts With the Vaccine

Doctor puts on bandaid after administering a vaccine to a patient

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (Monday, May 3, 2021) – The coronavirus remains a threat to our community, however the vaccine is promising a turn of events as we move toward the summer season. Though we are far from out of the woods yet, as bad as we may think we have it here, the rest of the world is …

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Becoming a More Inclusive City

woman holding heart with puzzle on white with hand prints for World Autism Awareness

By Jeniffer Viscarra, Commissioner (Monday, May 3, 2021) – My first “real job” after graduating college was as a special education teacher at a school that catered to students with special needs. It was in that role that I became more familiar with autism and grew to appreciate all the dedication that families pour into every victory, however big or …

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