Sunny News

Update on Utility Undergrounding Project

Utility Line Undergrounding Capital Project.

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (Tuesday, April 25, 2017) – Though not a very glamorous topic, the Collins Avenue Utility Undergrounding Project is of vital importance to our beautiful, and fast growing City. The goal is to install above-ground utilities into underground conduits. The reason for this is to harden our infrastructure against hurricanes and other disasters, while beautifying …

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Summer Recess is Almost Upon Us: The Future of School Building

Phosed photo of children smiling at school.

By Larisa Svechin, Commissioner (Tuesday, April 25, 2017) – Spring is finally here, which means there are 6 weeks left of school. Children are excited about summer and advancing to the next grade. Two hundred and forty-one 8th graders will be going on to high school. Parents and residents have asked about future school building plans. Recently, the Miami Herald …

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In Memoriam – Jane A. Hines, City Clerk

Graphic in memoriam of Jane A. Hines.

On Monday, April 17, 2017 the City of Sunny Isles Beach said goodbye to Jane A. Hines, City Clerk one final time as she passed away peacefully. Just as she would want, with no fanfare, we honor her silently as all City flags will remain lowered at half-staff in her memory between April 17 – April 23, 2017.

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Serving Sunny Isles Beach Seniors

Photo of the Senior Bocce Tournament players.

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager (Friday, March 31, 2017) – The City Commission, since incorporation has always had senior programs listed as a priority. What started simply as group tours to shows in the beginning, 20 years later has flourished into a wealth of opportunities for our seniors to participate regularly in programs that provide education, arts and …

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Remembering Lila Kauffman

Headshot of one of Sunny Isles Beach's first commissioners, Lila Kauffman.

By Jeanette Gatto, Commissioner (Wednesday, March 29, 2017) – In 1997 the City of Sunny Isles Beach became an incorporated municipality and elected its first City Commission. One of the members of that first Commission was Lila Kauffman. I had the pleasure of knowing Lila. She was smart, fun and energetic. She had a passion for the arts, culture and …

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Condominium Conundrum

Aerial photo of a sunrise over Sunny Isles Beach.

By Dana Goldman, Vice Mayor (Wednesday, March 29, 2017) – From the beginning of my involvement with the City as a volunteer with the Citizens Advisory Board and now as your Vice Mayor, I often meet with condominium unit owners and listen to their challenges they express about their condominiums. These concerns are taken seriously by me and my colleagues …

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Cultural Master Plan

Foreword – Message from Mayor Scholl Since its inception nineteen years ago, the City of Sunny Isles Beach had to be built from the ground up. Initially by focusing on providing essential services like policing and code enforcement. Then by constructing infrastructure like parks, a school and library, government and community center. The City’s Cultural & Community Services Department has …

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Working with the Community to Protect Our School Students

Photo of the Sunny Isles Beach Police directing morning school traffic.

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager & Fred Maas, Former Police Chief (Thursday, February 23, 2017) – Although the Police Department and City Administration have continuously come up with the best viable solutions to deal with the school traffic and those affected by it, both in the mornings and afternoons, we once again will be challenged even more so …

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