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South Florida Mayor’s Beach Alliance

Photo of a construction machine hauling sand on the beach depicting beach renourishment.

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (Friday, July 31, 2015) – Where is all our beach sand going? Experts tell us our beach sand migrates south at the rate of one mile per year. The result is some steady erosion that we have been attempting to find ways to mitigate for years. This is an issue for our community because where …

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Moving Forward Together

Commissioner Jeanette Gatto

By Jeanette Gatto, Vice Mayor (July 13, 2015) – Once every seven years the City of Sunny Isles Beach evaluates its Comprehensive Plan, as required by Florida State law. What is a Comprehensive Plan? It is essentially a blueprint of the City created for existing and future development. The evaluation process looks at any changes that have occurred since last …

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A True Unsung Hero of an Employee

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager (July 13, 2015) – I couldn’t let the passing of Code Enforcement Officer David Springer go by without comment on the loss to our organization. David was, what you might call, a quiet person. He was also one of the most reliable employees you could ever have. David was hired in 2011 as …

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Sunny Isles Beach: From Growing Pains to Growing Gains, A Youth Perspective

Photo taken by one of the Calendar Photo Contest Winners.

By Commissioner Isaac Aelion (June 16, 2015)  – On August 31, 1997, in an article published by Jody Benjamin of the Sun Sentinel, the newly incorporated City of Sunny Isles Beach was depicted as: “Newest Dade City Struggles To Put itself On The Map”. In fact newly elected Mayor David Samson noted in his inauguration speech, from a leased space on …

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SIBPD Officer Receives Life Saving Medal for Rescue While Off-Duty

SIBPD Officer Mulvey receives life saving medal for rescue while off-duty.

By Fred Maas, Police Chief (June 16, 2015) – It has often been said that police officers and firefighters are never really off-duty as their job is truly a 24×7 one. One such Sunny Isles Beach police officer validated that premise by his actions on the night of February 8, 2015. While off-duty and returning home on his night off, …

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Following in His Fathers Footsteps

Accounting employee Joe Glendale

By Alayne Yeash, Communications Coordinator (June 16, 2015) – What little boy hasn’t told his parents that he wanted to be a fireman when he grew up? It was no different for Sunny Isles Beach Senior Accountant Joe Glendale. Despite being born with mild Cerebral Palsy, Joe’s parents encouraged him to follow his dreams. As it turned out, he ended …

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Transferable Development Rights (TDRs) and the Game of Checkers

Aerial photo of Sunny Isles Beach along Collins Avenue.

By George ‘Bud’ Scholl, Mayor (June 1, 2015) – At our May City Commission meeting we had a building site plan approval request that generated a lot of controversy and buzz throughout our city due to its location. The site plan application contains several requests but a critical issue in the matter is whether or not the City should sell …

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Keeping the Beach in Sunny Isles Beach

view of the beach at sunrise with orange and purple sky over the ocean.

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager (June 1, 2015) – Maintaining our shoreline, one of the most challenging issues we are faced with, reminds me of a resort, the Sand Dollar. I would see it on each of many trips to Rhode Island to visit my daughter at college. That property is clearly a reference to the exorbitant cost …

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Knowledge is Power

By Jeanette Gatto, Vice Mayor (April 14, 2015) – Would you ever consider making an important decision, such as purchasing a home or a car, without first researching all the options available to you? Probably not. Gathering information through research will most likely be your first step. Research plays an important role in the decision-making process. It also helps to …

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