Aerial view of the Sunny Isles Beach Government Center

Municipal Government: A Pillar of Democracy

By Alex Lama, Commissioner

(Monday, December 30, 2019) – In the U.S. we cherish our beloved republic and its democratic process; and for this process to function, it is important to note that it needs municipal government. Municipal government truly exemplifies the idea of a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

Municipal government is the form of government that is closest to people’s lives. It provides a structure for residents to directly participate and influence decisions that affect their daily lives. Participation by residents is critical for people’s representation to thrive and to make our democratic process stronger.

In the democratic process of our country, the voters are the ultimate source of power at the local, state and federal level. And all of this power starts at the municipal level. For this power to continue in the hands of the voters, as it should, civic engagement is imperative. In this New Year, I invite you to become more involved and acquainted with city affairs. To do so, you are welcome to attend our monthly city commission meetings every third Thursday of each month (except August). Or watch them via SIBTV,, or rebroadcasted on our YouTube page. You can learn about the adopted budget for year 2019-2020 at and familiarize yourself with the city charter at Most importantly, I encourage you to make your voices heard. We want to hear from you – hear your ideas, complaints and of course your compliments.

Wishing you a year full of health, joy and success. Please contact me with questions at 305.792.1752 or