Sunny News

A Season of Service

Lit lanterns lined up next to each other.

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (December 4, 2018) – I want to first express how honored I am to serve as your mayor for another four-year term. Our City has seen tremendous growth and development in recent years with the support and leadership from the City Commission and City Staff, and I look forward to the strides we will make …

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Utility Undergrounding Project Moves Into Next Phase

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager (Monday, December 3, 2018) – The Utility Undergrounding Project has entered the next phase, the Collins Avenue Street Lighting Enhancement Phase. As you may recall, the City has been working for over three years to lay underground conduit the entire length of Collins Avenue. This caused some disruption and we are grateful for …

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Reflections on the Last Eight Years

Sunny Isles Beach elected officials. Pictures Left to Right: Vice Mayor Dana Goldman, Mayor George "Bud" Scholl, Commissioner Larisa Svechin and Commissioner Jeanette Gatto.

By Jeanette Gatto, Commissioner  (Monday, December 3, 2018) – As I look back on the last eight years serving as your City Commissioner, what comes to mind first and foremost are the citizens of this great City. I have some of the nicest, smartest and actively engaged individuals of all ages, and it’s been extremely rewarding to serve you. When …

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A Vision for Public Art in Sunny Isles Beach

Building Reflecting Ocean in Side Glass Paneling

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager (November 18, 2018) – On September 4, 2018, the City convened a joint workshop of the City Commission and the newly formed Public Arts Advisory Committee to discuss and develop a vision for planning public art in Sunny Isles Beach. During that workshop, there was a lengthy discussion about the City’s shared community …

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Term Limits

Red building with Sunny Isles Beach seal and lettering

By Isaac Aelion, Commissioner (Saturday, November 3, 2018) – When the U.S. Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation in 1789, George Washington, as our first president, decided that term limits for the presidency were important in order not to extend too much power to one person. Since then, term limits became codes in many elected office positions in state, county, …

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Traffic & Pedestrian Safety in Sunny Isles Beach

Traffic on Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach with buildings and ocean view of coastline.

By Dwight Snyder, Former Police Chief (Saturday, November 3, 2018) – Normally this article is reserved for our City Manager who keeps us informed on capital projects and future innovative developments currently in the planning stages, which makes this a world class and cutting-edge community. This month the manager graciously gave his article space to the police department, so we …

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Election Year Brings Change

Commissioners Jeanette Gatto and Isaac Aelion

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (Saturday, November 3, 2018) – This November we prepare for another election year, which brings change to our City Commission. Commissioners Jeanette Gatto and Isaac Aelion have served the maximum of two four-year terms as City Commissioners and their seats are now up for election. Throughout the last eight years, I have had the privilege …

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Taking Action: A Safe and Secure School for our Children

Three police officers on the road overseeing children walking to school

By Larisa Svechin, Commissioner (Saturday, November 3, 2018) – As a parent of four school-age children, safety is my priority. After the tragedy that occurred in Parkland on February 14, 2018, where 17 students and staff members were killed, Florida passed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. Here are some key points of the law: 1) raise …

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Condominium Reform: The Work Continues

Close up of condominium building

By Dana Goldman, Vice Mayor (Wednesday, October 10, 2018) – As a municipal official, I am sometimes asked to intervene in contentious condominium unit owner/board member disputes over corrupt activities. Condo corruption can range from kickbacks, financial fraud and crimes, election fraud, to conflicts of interest. It’s a deep-rooted problem because the very institutions protecting corrupt administrations either support the …

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