Sunny News

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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Baby Boomers: Another Upcoming Seniors Boom in Sunny Isles Beach

Sunny Isles Beach seniors at the City's 17th Anniversary Celebration.

By Isaac Aelion, Commissioner (March 31, 2015) – According to recently published data by the Miami Dade County Age-Friendly Initiative Report, if an individual reaches 65 years of age, it’s likely the person will live until 85. Indeed, the report enlightens that Americans are having fewer children, people are living longer, and the percentage of older adults in Miami Dade County …

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Employee Profile: Jermaine Barclay, Recreation Leader

By Alayne Yeash, Communications Coordinator (March 31, 2015) – It is not often that one strikes gold when hiring a recreation leader or sports coach. There are so many factors: do the kids and parents like him, can he handle the kids and discipline when necessary, does he have a good work ethic, and does he really know how to …

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Marine Patrol Sgt. Randazzo is Honored Again for Life Saving Rescues

(March 31, 2015) – Once again, Sunny Isles Beach Police Department’s Sgt. Bobby Randazzo of the Marine Patrol Unit was honored at the 15th annual Law Enforcement Officers (L.E.O.) awards banquet on March 7, 2015 at Jungle Island. Sergeant Randazzo had been nominated along with his partner from Aventura police department, Officer James Hayton, by both their agencies in the …

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