It is my privilege to spotlight noteworthy achievements by our city departments and dedicated staff, who work diligently behind the scenes. Their contributions are pivotal to the success of our organization and instrumental in providing services to our residents, businesses and visitors. Here is an overview of our ongoing efforts aimed at accomplishing numerous goals and serving Sunny Isles Beach.
November 1, 2023
- Our Public Works team has completed a sidewalk widening on Collins Avenue, between 172nd and 174th Street. This safety improvement will allow more accessibility for pedestrians.
- I would like to share a recent achievement by our IT Department. IT Analyst Nahid Nizami successfully completed the Certified Ethical Hacker Training – a training to uncover vulnerabilities in security systems, networks, and applications. This certification is important in safeguarding our city’s cyber security and networking infrastructure.
- Our newly accredited Police Department completed autism training. Police & Communications officers, along with Ocean Rescue lifeguards attended “Autism: First Responder Training.” Our first responders attended this training on a regular basis to ensure they are well-equipped to serve and protect our community.
October 3, 2023
- Speed readers were implemented along Collins Avenue to help alert drivers to slow down and exercise heightened caution. This will play a crucial role in fostering a secure and pedestrian-friendly environment.
September 29, 2023
- A new Hiperwall was recently added to our Police Department. This will be the brain of PD’s technology, integrating systems such as our License Plate Readers (LPRs) and CCTV cameras into one interface. The investment is already paying dividends – on the first day of installation the Communications team directed officers to intercept a stolen vehicle and a vehicle with a stolen tag, resulting in two separate felony arrests.
- After months of collaboration between the City Commission, Administration and our residents, we adopted the Budget and Five-Year Capital Improvement Program for fiscal year 2023-2024. For an unprecedented 11th year, our city has lowered the millage rate, reducing it from 2.0 to 1.9 mills per $1,000 of assessed value.
- Our Information Technology Department is nearing completion of a fiber optic network project that will interconnect every city facility and park using 26,500 feet of fiber. The fiber has been installed and IT has moved onto the next phase of network architecture and implementation.