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Remembering Lila Kauffman

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

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 — By Commissioner Jeanette Gatto 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

Wednesday, March 29, 2017– By Vice Mayor Dana Goldman 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 on …

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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

Thursday, February 23, 2017– By Chris Russo, City Manager & Fred Maas, Police Chief 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 when the closure of …

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Use Your Smart Phone or Tablet To Stay Connected to Events, Programs and Alerts in the City of Sunny Isles Beach

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 —  Sunny Isles Beach has a variety of communication channels that enable residents and visitors to receive the most current and up-to-date information on programs, events and emergencies in the City. To receive City information, sign up to follow and turn on alerts for each application from Twitter, Facebook, to eSIBi email alerts. Choose to follow …

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What to do if you Find a Dead, Injured or Stranded Sea Turtle on the Beach

Sunday, January 29, 2017 — Sea Turtles are protected by the US Endangered Species Act of 1973 and Florida Statute Chapter 370. It is illegal to harm or harass sea turtles, their nests or hatchlings. The Miami Dade County Sea Turtle Program (MDCSTCP) responds to reports of dead or injured sea turtles throughout all of Miami Dade County. Data such …

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Traffic Congestion on Collins Avenue & Pedestrian Safety

Friday, January 27, 2017 By Mayor George “Bud” Scholl As I have written in the past, studies have proven that most of the traffic on Collins is a result of commuters driving through the City to other destinations. As South Florida’s population has increased, daily traffic has overflowed from I-95 to Biscayne Boulevard to Collins Avenue. As our City has grown, …

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Recognizing our City’s Employees

Friday, January 27, 2017 By Chris Russo, City Manager Upon my return as City Manager in 2012, I realized how many dedicated employees had remained with the City from the early formative years. I also met many new faces of young energetic members of the staff. So impressed with their skills, experiences and dedication, I thought it time to constitute …

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New Program to Pair Two Valuable Assets

Thursday, January 26, 2017 — By Commissioner Larisa Svechin With the new year come new possibilities. Our fortuitous City continues to offer both world-class recreation and exceptional education. Two of Sunny Isles Beach’s sizable assets are our seniors (greater than 2,500) and the school children (more than 2,000). While the former built our City, the latter will be entrusted to …

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City Projects Resume After Holiday Break

174th Street Project

Thursday, January 26, 2017 — By Commissioner Jeanette Gatto It’s time to welcome back our snowbirds and tourists from across the globe that choose our City as a vacation destination. The City decided to limit ongoing construction during the school break; so the week before Christmas we made the decision to cease work on Samson Park, the pedestrian / emergency …

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