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Remembering Former Commissioner Roslyn Brezin

Former Commissioner Roslyn Brezin

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (Tuesday, March 25, 2019) – It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to former City Commissioner Roslyn Brezin who passed away in February. As a resident of Sunny Isles Beach for nearly 50 years, Roslyn was one of the City’s strongest advocates. Roz was my role model on a number of fronts. …

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Human Trafficking Awareness Training

Everyone should be free. Stop Modern Day Slavery. You are the solution. Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking

By Jeniffer Viscarra, Commissioner (Monday, March 25, 2019) – Miami-Dade’s GRACE Court (Growth Renewed through Acceptance, Change and Empowerment) is a specialized court created to provide comprehensive services and support to child victims of human trafficking and is the first of its kind in the nation. While a valuable resource, its existence highlights the prevalence of this problem in South …

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The Importance of State Legislation

Florida Flag

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (Monday, March 25, 2019) – The 2019 Legislative Sessions began on March 5 in Tallahassee and will continue for 60 days. Here are some proposed bills that may impact our daily lives: The Use of Wireless Communication Devices While Driving: this bill would make texting and driving a primary offense and allow law enforcement officials to …

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Behind the Scenes with Public Works: Storm Drainage Projects

Sunny Isles Beach Public Works Truck

(Monday, March 25, 2019) – The City is working on two major storm drainage maintenance projects to improve the citywide drainage system prior to the start of the rainy season. The first project is the cleaning of multiple storm drainage wells in the Golden Shores and Central Island areas. These wells allow stormwater runoff to discharge into the shallow aquifer …

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Make the Right Decision When Hiring a Contractor

View looking up at Sunny Isles Beach building in black and white

(Tuesday, February 26, 2019) – Hiring unlicensed contractors may provide a quick fix in the short term, but it can result in serious and lasting consequences. Keep these tips in mind when hiring a contractor: Ask to see a state-issued license. Ask for references. Beware of contractors who claim to be the fastest or cheapest. Make all payments by check …

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Combating Condo Corruption: The Battle Continues

Aerial view of condominiums and the Intracoastal in Sunny Isles Beach.

By Dana Goldman, Commissioner (Tuesday, February 26, 2019) – Shining a spotlight on condo corruption at the recent Miami-Dade County League of Cities Best Practices Seminar has yielded results. Directly resulting from a condo corruption panel I moderated and in conjunction with the League of Cities, State Senator Jason Pizzo has introduced important new condo reform legislation for criminal acts …

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Sun, Sand and Safety: Thanks to our Ocean Rescue Division

Ocean Rescue Lifeguard Stand

By Dwight P. Snyder, Police Chief (Tuesday, February 26, 2019) – The City of Sunny Isles Beach is a community which offers many outstanding amenities to our residents and guests such as an abundance of parks, social activities and an outstanding quality of life for everyone. But the crown jewel of our community will always be our beach. Keeping our community …

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174 Street Pedestrian Overpass

Rendering of 174th Street Overpass bridge, bird's eye view.

In 2016, the City along with the assistance of the community, industry consultants, and varying research developed a Transportation Master Plan. This plan identified the City’s transportation and transit deficits and developed a blueprint of solutions to address the community’s desire for enhanced multimodal options to accommodate transportation needs. This included a Pedestrian Park Bridge at Collins Avenue and 174th …

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Employee Altruism in Sunny Isles Beach

Government Center in background with art installation or world in foreground.

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager (Tuesday, January 29, 2019) – In my quarterly and monthly messages, I often discuss the larger, capital improvement projects we are working on, such as the Utility Under-grounding project, pedestrian bridges, or storm drainage projects. I would be remiss if I did not mention and recognize the extraordinary people behind the operation; the …

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Update on Short Term Vacation Rental Registrations

Short Term Vacation Rental Licenses. Three condominiums in Sunny Isles Beach.

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager (Thursday, January 24, 2019) – When we would think about vacations or time away from home, it used to be about getting settled into a hotel room or maybe a relative’s beach house if budget was tight. Nowadays, the game plan is completely different. Some years ago, a couple of friends sharing a …

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