By Jeniffer Viscarra
(Friday, December 28, 2018) – In this new year, the City of Sunny Isles beach has two new commissioners; I am grateful to be one of them. I grew up around these parts. My family moved to the Aventura area in 1981 when I was seven years old. I attended local schools and graduated from North Miami Beach Senior High. I remained local, earning a bachelor’s degree from Barry University and a master’s degree from Florida International University, where I stayed on at a full-time position and as an adjunct professor.
In 2000, I moved to Sunny Isles Beach. Though teaching is my first love and I enjoyed working in academia, I left FIU to attend Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, after which I returned home to SIB. Since 2007, I have primarily practiced family law and volunteered in various capacities including as Chair of the City Advisory Committee (CAC). Perhaps my favorite contribution as Chair of the CAC is the implementation of the wallet card program, which helps first responders more successfully interact with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. A year later the State of Florida passed a law requiring autism awareness training, putting our police department well ahead of the curve.
As commissioner, I will continue to work diligently to keep our City an exemplar municipality while ensuring that our residents’ safety and quality of life needs are met. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305.792.1700.