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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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SIB Mayor George “Bud” Scholl Honors the Passing of Irving Turetsky

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor (September 1, 2015) – Irving Turetsky was an exceptional figure in the formation of our great City and his life was spent in service to his country and his local community. Among his many professional accomplishments were his service in the Army Air Force, serving as President of Temple B’nai Zion, being elected to the …

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New Skateboard Racks for the New School Year

Photo of a skateboard rack at Pelican Community Park.

(September 1, 2015) – Skateboard Racks have been installed on 181 Drive so that students have a safe place to store their skateboards while in school. The rack, located near the bus shelter on 181 Drive, provides for a way to lock your skateboard so that only you can remove it. You need to bring your own lock, a combination …

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A Look from the Inside: Our Residents Come First

A Photo of the Beach Coastline in Sunny Isles Beach and the skyline that lines the coast.

By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager (September 1, 2015) – The needs of the Sunny Isles Beach residents are the top priority in everything City staff does as directed by the City Commission. There are more than a few noteworthy initiatives underway in our City. The biggest projects in progress include: the Pedestrian/Emergency Bridge from 174 to 172 Street, …

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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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