Sunny News

Fulfilling Promises to Residents

By Jerry Joseph, Vice Mayor (Tuesday, September 5, 2023) – It is quite easy for elected officials to spew promises during election time and beyond. When an elected official takes office, it is easy for some to overlook their promises to Residents. Every city government must accept input and criticism from Residents, and if an error in judgment is found, …

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Expanding Our Civic Engagement

By Jeniffer Viscarra, Commissioner (Tuesday, September 5, 2023) – As many of you know, one of my main objectives is to improve civic engagement in Sunny Isles Beach. Civic engagement can be volunteering, being properly informed, attending an event, taking a city survey, or sharing a concern with your Commission. In short, any time an SIB resident takes time out of …

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Beware of Disinformation

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (Tuesday, September 5, 2023) – When the internet went mainstream in the mid-1990s and the flow of information started to proliferate, the thought was that these new sources of information would empower people to have more data and be better equipped to know the truth. It was an exciting time and felt liberating. The underlying thought …

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Hurricane Idalia Relief/Food/Supply Drive

Hurricane Idalia Relief Donations

(September 5, 2023) – The Florida Highway Patrol, GEM – Global Empowerment Mission, The American Red Cross, Kanner & Pintaluga, Broward Motorsports, Miami Lakes Automall, Good Greek Moving & Storage and multiple law enforcement agencies have partnered with Mobile Mike to coordinate a Hurricane Idalia Relief Effort. We will be collecting the following specific items: New Generators Plywood Construction Materials …

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2023 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax HOliday

Consumers can purchase qualifying disaster preparedness supplies exempt from tax during the 2023 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. Passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis, the sales tax holiday begins Saturday, August 26 and extends through Friday, September 8. During the 2023 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, the following qualifying items related to disaster …

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Community Spotlight: Charlotte & Julia Krass

Community Spotlight. Meet Julia and Charlotte Krass.

For Charlotte and Julia Krass, 17-year-old high school students, giving back to their community has been a driving force from a young age. As active members of the Joshua’s Heart Foundation, Charlotte is the Junior Advisory Board head of marketing and Julia is the head of fundraising. Together, they helped raise over $25,000 for Joshua’s Heart to purchase a refrigerated …

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A Message from the Mayor: Property Insurance

Aerial view of intracoastal waterway and city skyline.

By Larisa Svechin, Mayor (Monday, July 10, 2023) – Inflation has been a constant concern in the country over the last few years impacting nearly every aspect of our lives. The cost of living in South Florida has skyrocketed across all planes and affects us all. Particularly, property insurance rates are at an all-time high. A necessary expense, especially due …

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Florida Legislative Highlights for 2023

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (Monday, July 10, 2023) – The State of Florida concluded its 2023 legislative sessions on May 5. Below are some outcomes that affect local governments and Florida residents. Sovereign Immunity CS/HB 401 (Beltran) and SB 604 (Gruters) – The failed bills proposed an increase in the statutory limits on liability for tort claims against the state, …

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Guiding Residents Toward Meaningful Advocacy

Commissioner Viscarra speaking to residents at a Town Hall Meeting

By Jeniffer Viscarra, Commissioner (Monday, July 10, 2023) – Most cities are not like Sunny Isles Beach. And most of Florida is not like South Florida. Yet, when a new state law is created, it applies across all counties and municipalities, whether coastal, rural, or industrial. Sometimes that means that a law intended to help a particular kind of area …

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