Sunny News

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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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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FDOT Bridge Rehabilitation Project on SR 856/William Lehman Causeway

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Construction Activities Ongoing Construction Monday, July 24 through Friday, July 28, 2023 Bridge painting work Painting containment installation operations Lane Closures No lane closures are anticipated at this time. For current lane closures in Sunny Isles Beach, visit PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SCHEDULE MAY CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER OR UNEXPECTED CONDITIONS. Parking Lot Closures Parking Lot (P2) located under …

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Food Drive to Benefit St. Mary Magdalen Church & St. Vincent de Paul Society

City of Sunny Isles Beach Food Drive

(Wednesday, July 19, 2023) – The City of Sunny Isles Beach is currently accepting donations of canned and non-perishable food items to support St. Mary Magdalen Church, which is operated by the St. Vincent de Paul Society, a non-profit organization that works towards ending food insecurity in our community. Their mission is to serve people of all religions and dietary …

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