Emergency Order 09-20



WHEREAS, on March 12, 2020, the City Manager declared a Local Emergency as a result of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, the City Manager has extended the declared state of Local Emergency every seven (7) days since that date; and

WHEREAS, on May 1, 2020, the City Manager issued Emergency Order 06-20 and Supplement to Declared State of Emergency, reopening certain parks and recreational facilities subject to restrictions; and

WHEREAS, on May 14, 2020 the Governor, via Executive Order 20-122 has allowed Miami-Dade County to proceed to Phase 1 of the Safe, Smart, Step by Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery, subject to the limitations imposed in Executive Order 20-112 paragraphs two through six; and

WHEREAS, On May 15, 2020, Miami Dade County Mayor Gimenez issued Emergency Order 23-20 which permits retail and commercial establishments to open for business, provided that such establishments follow the requirements set forth in the “Moving to a New Normal Handbook” and supplemental guidelines for outdoor restaurants, both attached and incorporated into said order; and

Whereas, on May 29, 2020, the City Manager issued Emergency Order 08-20, amending Emergency Order 06-20 removing Samson Oceanfront Park and Newport Fishing Pier from the list of parks subject to a limited reopening in Paragraph (3)(A), and with respect to those two parks, providing for hours of operation of 7:00 am – 8:00 pm, and that all persons must  comply with the protocols set forth in the “Moving to a New Normal Handbook” governing Parks and Open Spaces, as may be amended; and

WHEREAS, on June 4, 2020, Miami Dade County Mayor Gimenez issued Amendment No. 2 to Emergency Order 21-20, which permits dog parks to reopen, if operated in accordance with the Moving to A New Normal Handbook and Emergency Order 23-20; and

WHEREAS, the City of Sunny Isles Beach desires to further relax its restrictions, consistent with the direction taken by Miami Dade County, by issuing a second amendment to Emergency Order 06-20, to allow dog parks to reopen.


  1. Paragraph 3 of Emergency Order 06-20, as amended, is hereby amended and restated as follows:
  2. Limited Reopening of Park and Recreational Facilities and Guidelines.

Effective as of 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 6, 2020, the City of Sunny Isles Beach will allow public access to Sunny Isles Beach residents with proper identification on a limited basis to a select number of parks and recreational facilities as set forth below.

  1. Effective as of 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 6, 2020, public access is permissible at the below listed parks, subject to the limitations set forth herein:
    • Gateway Park, 151 Sunny Isles Blvd.
    • Heritage Park, 19200 Collins Ave.

* Exception: the dog park within Heritage Park shall remain closed 

  • Intracoastal Parks, 16100 Collins Ave.
  • Senator Gwen Margolis Park, 17815 North Bay Road

*Exception: the dog park within Senator Gwen Margolis Park shall remain closed 

  • Town Center Park, 17200 Collins Ave.
  • Oceania Park, 16320 Collins Ave.
  1. The below listed parks shall remain closed to the public:
    • Golden Shores Community Park, 201 191 Terrace
    • Pelican Community Park, 18115 North Bay Road
    • Bella Vista Bay Park, 500 Sunny Isles Boulevard
  1. Hours of Operation:

The parks will be open every day except Tuesdays. The hours of operation for these locations are as follows:

    • Daily Hours (except Tuesdays): 9 a.m. – noon and 4 – 8 p.m.
    • Senior Priority Hours: 8 – 9 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  1. Usage Schedule: 


In order to mitigate a large number of residents crowding the parks at the same time, making social distancing difficult, the City will follow a usage schedule based on the resident’s home address, as follows: 


Residents living in houses or apartments with an even numbered address may visit parks on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. 


Residents living in houses or apartments with an odd numbered address may visit parks on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. 


  1. E. Guidelines:
  • Individuals using the parks are required to adhere to CDC Guidelines concerning facial covering, with the exception of children under two years old, or persons who have trouble breathing due to a chronic pre-existing condition.
  • Minors shall always be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Groups larger than ten (10) people are prohibited from gathering in one place.
  • Use of parks and recreational facilities shall be for limited passive uses, such as walking, jogging, running, stretching, biking and exercise.
  • Park use is encouraged to be limited to one hour or less.
  • Directional signage along sidewalks and walkways, established to minimize cross contact, shall be adhered to.
  • Restrooms at the park will be open for only one (1) person or family at a time.
  1. F. Use of the following amenities is prohibited:
  • playgrounds;
  • tables;
  • fitness equipment;
  • water fountains;
  • bicycle racks;
  • water features; and
  • dog parks.  
  1. Prohibition of Animals: 
  • No animals are permitted in any parks with the exception of recognized service animals. 
  1. H. Parking Limitations:
  • Parking garages and lots at each park remain open only to Sunny Isles Beach residents.
  1. All prior Emergency Orders shall remain in effect except to the extent modified by this Emergency Order 09.
  2. The provisions of this Emergency Order shall become effective at 12:01 am, Monday, June 8, 2020, and shall expire upon the expiration of  the  existing State  of  Local Emergency, as same may be extended by subsequent order or declaration, unless terminated earlier by the City Manager.

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