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Commissioner Jeniffer Viscarra Honored with 2023 Home Rule Hero Award

Commissioner Jeniffer Viscarra

City of Sunny Isles Beach Official recognized for advocacy efforts during the 2023 Legislative Session (Thursday, May 11, 2023) – The Florida League of Cities (FLC), the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments, recently recognized City of Sunny Isles Beach Commissioner Jeniffer Viscarra with a 2023 Home Rule Hero Award for her hard work and advocacy efforts during the 2023 …

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Mental Health is Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

By Alex Lama, Commissioner (Thursday, May 11, 2023) – May is National Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States and the importance of mental health needs to be emphasized and brought to the forefront in our society, especially now that depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns have been amplified by the COVID pandemic and current societal and economic …

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Website Redesign Project

Help us build a better City of Sunny Isles Beach website.

We are excited to announce our website is getting a makeover!   Over the next year, we will be working with Granicus to build a brand new user-friendly, secure, ADA compliant and modern website. The City envisions a new website that enhances the user experience, simplifies content management, and provides resident-focused information and premier service, while meeting high standards for design …

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A Message from the Mayor: Participation & Government Transparency

Residents sitting at tables during Transit Study Town Hall discussion.

By Larisa Svechin, Mayor (Tuesday, April 4, 2023) – Past articles have chided residents for not being involved enough. So, what keeps people from participating? A question dogging many municipalities. It is important that good public participation practices are in place so that residents can help the city be more accountable and responsive. If previous attempts proved unsuccessful, we need to …

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Sunny Isles Beach Center for the Performing Arts Prospect

Aerial view of Gateway Park and Sunny Isles Boulevard.

By Fabiola Stuyvesant, Commissioner (Tuesday, April 4, 2023) – Right now, the City is investing human and fiscal resources into putting together a Parks and Recreation Master Plan for the next 10 years. In order for this plan to represent your ideas and interests, please complete the online survey and participate in the informative events to be held. Visit …

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Bad Bills are Risky Business

Florida Flag

By Jeniffer Viscarra, Commissioner (Tuesday, April 4, 2023) – As you may be aware, the 2023 legislative session is underway. This is the period during which the Florida House and Senate introduce, debate, amend, and eventually pass legislation that can impact all of us. This year over 1700 bills have been filed. Many will never get anywhere, some will progress …

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Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Just Drive. April is distracted driving awareness month.

(Sunday, April 2, 2023) – April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, a united effort to recognize and eliminate preventable deaths from distracted driving. The Sunny Isles Beach Police Department is committed year-round to keeping all residents and commuters safe on and off the road. Throughout the month, the City and the Police Department will be focusing efforts on educating the …

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Proposed Charter Amendments – Election Results

Government Center

(Friday, June 3, 2023) – On Tuesday, May 23, 2023, the City of Sunny Isles Beach held a Special Election to vote on 14 proposed amendments to the City’s Charter. The following are the results: Appointment of Vice Mayor It was proposed that the Charter be amended to provide that the Vice Mayor be elected by nomination of the Mayor, …

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Sargassum (Seaweed)

Sargassum seaweed on the beach as sun rises over the ocean.

Sargassum has already begun to wash onto our beaches earlier than usual this spring. In the coming months, you may notice a heavier influx of sargassum along our shorelines. Experts say there was a big uptick of seaweed in 2014 and 2019, and it looks like 2023 could be the largest sargassum bloom recorded. Maintaining our beautiful beaches remains a …

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National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation

Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water conservation April 1 - 30, 2023. The Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water starts now through April 30.

The City of Sunny Isles Beach joins national campaign to promote smart water use and reduce pollution; Visit city standings throughout the month of April at Mayor Larisa Svechin is joining mayors across the country who are asking residents to make a long-term commitment to reduce pollution and manage water resources more wisely. In return residents can win over …

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