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Sunny Isles Beach Bash: Celebrating 26 Years Of Sun, Sand, and Community

June 8, 2023

Sunday, June 11th, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. marks a significant milestone for the vibrant coastal city of Sunny Isles Beach. The city is a jewel nestled along the stunning Atlantic coastline, this picturesque paradise is set to celebrate its 26th anniversary since its incorporation as a city. As residents and visitors alike prepare to commemorate this momentous occasion, let's take a journey through the rich history of Sunny Isles Beach.

Originally known as "North Miami Beach" until 1931 and Sunny Isles until 1997, Sunny Isles Beach was once a stretch of swampy land covered in mangroves. It wasn't until the early 20th century that the area began to transform. In 1920, a private investor named Harvey Baker Graves purchased the land, and his vision sparked the first wave of development. Graves' dream was to create a resort town that would rival the beauty and charm of the French Riviera, and thus, Sunny Isles Beach was born.

In the following decades, Sunny Isles Beach experienced a series of ups and downs. It witnessed a real estate boom during the 1950's and 1960's, attracting numerous vacationers to its shores. Luxury hotels and motels, such as the renowned Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort, emerged along Collins Avenue, earning Sunny Isles Beach the nickname "The Venice of America."

However, economic recessions and hurricanes posed challenges for the city. Sunny Isles Beach had to reinvent itself to overcome these obstacles and fulfill its potential as a world-class destination. The transformation began in the late 1980's when a group of visionary developers recognized the untapped potential of the area.

These developers embarked on a mission to revitalize Sunny Isles Beach, introducing a wave of modern high-rise condominiums that offered breathtaking ocean views and top-notch amenities. The city quickly earned a reputation as a premier luxury destination, attracting residents from around the world.

On June 16th, 1997, Sunny Isles Beach officially incorporated as a city, marking a new chapter in its history. This milestone provided the community with greater autonomy and control over its future. Under the leadership of Mayor Norman S. Edelcup, the city council worked tirelessly to enhance the quality of life for residents, improve infrastructure, and cultivate a strong sense of community.

Over the years, Sunny Isles Beach has continued to thrive, blending its rich heritage with contemporary allure. The city's skyline is now dotted with iconic architectural marvels, including the Trump International Beach Resort and the Porsche Design Tower. These landmarks have become synonymous with luxury and opulence, attracting tourists and investors from around the globe.

Sunny Isles Beach's commitment to creating a vibrant and inclusive community is evident in its world-class amenities. The city boasts pristine beaches, lush parks, and a diverse array of dining and entertainment options. Residents and visitors can indulge in water sports, explore nature trails, or simply relax under the warm Florida sun. Additionally, the city's commitment to education is showcased in its excellent public and private schools, providing a nurturing environment for young minds to flourish.

As Sunny Isles Beach celebrates its 26th anniversary, the community comes together to honor its past, celebrate its present, and envision a brighter future. The anniversary event, set to take place on Sunday, June 11th at 6:00 p.m., promises to be a spectacular affair filled with music, entertainment, and a sense of camaraderie.

Celebrate on the beach with live music, activities, food and drinks, a drone show, and more. Bring your beach chairs, towels, and blankets and find a spot at one of three locations: Trump International Beach Resort, Solé Miami, and Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort.

Pre-registration is required for a meal at one of the three Beach Bash locations. Participating hotel partners include:

• Trump International Beach Resort, 18001 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida 33160. Menu: Cheese Ravioli with Caesar Salad and Bruschetta Toast. FREE parking is available at the Sunny Isles Beach Government Center.

• Solé Miami, 17315 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida 33160. Menu: Paella – A classic Spanish dish made with Saffron Rice, Clams, Mussels, Shrimp, Calamari, Chorizo, Baby Scallops, and Sofrito Sauce. FREE parking is available at the Gateway Park Garage. A special event shuttle will be available to transport guests to the event.

• Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort, 16701 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida 33160. Menu: Barbecue Beef Sliders with Shrimp and Watermelon Salad. FREE parking is available at the Gateway Park garage. A special event shuttle will be available to transport guests to the event.

Wristbands are FREE for Sunny Isles Beach Resident ID cardholders and $30 for non-residents. Water and Iced Tea are included with all wristband purchases. Additional food and other beverages including a signature Sunny Sangria are available for purchase at each location.

All wristbands must be pre-purchased online at: Or: In-Person at Pelican Community Park, Gateway Center or the Government Center. When you register, you will choose one of the three locations at which you would like to receive food.

After purchasing your wristband online, you may pick it up at the Government Center, Pelican Community Park or Gateway Center.

Wristbands will NOT be sold the day of the event. Register now at:

Anniversary Video Submissions
The City of Sunny Isles Beach needs your help to make the 26th Anniversary Beach Bash extra special. Send them a video message of 20 seconds or less wishing the City a happy anniversary and telling them what you love most about Sunny Isles Beach. You may see your message played on the video screens at the event. While they want to use everyone’s video, please remember that the City reserves the right not to include any submissions.

You can submit you video at:

The anniversary celebration will feature live performances, delicious food, and a dazzling drone show to cap off the night. It will be an opportunity for the community to reflect on the remarkable journey of Sunny Isles Beach, celebrate the accomplishments of its residents, and look ahead to the many exciting possibilities that lie ahead.

Sunny Isles Beach has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a swampy stretch of land. It has evolved into a world-renowned destination, combining natural beauty, architectural marvels, and a strong sense of community. The 26th anniversary celebration serves as a reminder of the resilience and determination of the people who call this city home.

As the sun sets on Sunday, June 11th at 6:00 p.m., Sunny Isles Beach will bask in the glow of its past achievements and embrace the promise of an even brighter future. This anniversary is not just a celebration of a city; it is a testament to the power of a united community working towards a common goal. Happy 26th Anniversary, Sunny Isles Beach!

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