Sunny News

A Newspaper that Grew with a City

A photo of the Sunny Isles Beach Community Newspaper.

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager (December 2, 2015) – The City’s first mayor, David Samson and Mr. Dan Palmer came together to build The Sunny Isles Beach Sun back when the City was just a baby. Dan always referred to the relationship as “a unique situation.” As we turned 18 this year, we have grown this paper along …

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SIB Jazz Fest Artwork Auction Benefits Joshua’s Heart Foundation

The 8th Annual Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest poster.

Michael J. O’Connell Wins First Place (December 2, 2015) – The winning poster for the SIB Jazz Fest Poster Contest this year was painted by Michael J. O’Connell of Clearwater, Florida. Originally from Johnson City, New York, he graduated from Tampa School of Art and Design and is a self-taught painter whose works would be categorized as contemporary/abstract. Michael is …

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City Finances & Additions

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager (December 1, 2015) – On September 24, 2015, the Proposed Budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 was adopted by the City Commission. The City has again this year reduced the tax rate, which now stands at 2.5 dollars per 1000 of assessed value. This reduction resulted in our City continuing to be one of …

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Charter High School Considered for Aventura / Sunny Isles Beach Students

By Jennifer Levin, Commissioner (Monday, November 16, 2015) – The need for sufficient schools to serve our children in Sunny Isles Beach is obvious from the City’s growth and projected growth with the completion of additional residential projects. Many parents are looking for educational options for their children that charter schools can help fulfill by providing curricula not found in …

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Unpredictable Circumstances & The Geography of Our City

Aerial view of Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (Friday, October 30, 2015) – The change of seasons reminds us how desirable our island community is to live in. This time of year we start to relax as hurricane season comes to a close and many seasonal residents trickle in. Semi-trailers deliver cars from the north, restaurants get busier and of course traffic gets …

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Proud to be at NSE SIB K-8

Entrance to Norman S. Edelcup k-8 School.

By Dr. Annette Weissman, Principal (Tuesday, October 24, 2015) – Please excuse me if I appear to be strutting like a peacock, but I am just so proud of our students and teachers that I can’t contain myself! After much publicity, the scores from last spring’s Florida Standards Assessment test were released this month and once again, NSE SIB K-8 …

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Explosion at the Chateau Beach Residences

Photo of the City Manager and Mayor at the Chateau Beach Residences following explosion.

October 12, 2015 — By Mayor George “Bud” Scholl On Friday, October 2nd at approximately 11:55 AM I was walking south from City Hall to lunch at Basil Park on 176th and Collins when I noticed people coming out of the restaurant with their phones pointing up at the sky taking pictures. At that moment, I looked up and saw …

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NSE Sunny Isles Beach K-8 says A BIG THANK YOU

By Dr. Annette Weissman, NSE/SIB K-8 School Superintendent (September 16, 2015) – In August, NSE –SIB K-8 celebrated its 8th Opening of School. In a very short time we have been recognized as an outstanding educational institution that values children, family and community. We could not have earned all the accolades without the support of many hard-working individuals, but today …

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Budget Message for the 2015 – 2016 Fiscal Year

Budget Message for Fiscal Year 2016 - 2016, Office of the City Manager

By Christopher J. Russo, City Manager (September 7, 2015) In Accordance with Article IV Section 4.5 of the Charter of the City of Sunny Isles Beach, I hereby submit the Proposed Budget for fiscal year 2015-2016. Bringing capital projects to completion remains our top priority into the 2015-16 fiscal year. At the same time we will be planning for the …

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The $10 Billion Sandbar

View of the Newport Pier on a sunny day with light aqua ocean waters and greenery in the background.

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (September 1, 2015) – A few months ago I was asked to give a speech to the Aventura Marketing Counsel about the past and present of Sunny Isles Beach. After a number of people asked me for copies, I realized the ‘$10 Billion Sandbar’, the history of how our City has grown to nearly $10 …

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