Stories written by Chief Fred Maas

Education- Never Underestimate the Value or the Gift

#34 School Trust Donation Wall Photo by David Gartner

On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, Robert P. Nolan was officially installed on the “Wall of Giving” at the Mayor Norman Edelcup K- 8 Community School in Sunny Isles Beach. Strange thing about this installation, Robert Nolan, never gave a dime towards the benefit or progress of the school. He didn’t have to, others did it […]

‘Homeless is a problem, not always a crime….’

‘Homeless is a problem, not always a crime....’

  First of a Series from Sunny Isles Beach Police Department Staff At least once a week, local or national media devote their attention to the topic of “The Homeless.” Whether it is an isolated incident, a local story or a national ruling by the Supreme Court, the issue is constantly in the limelight. How […]

Senior Safety

A supplement to Senior Safety, as seen in the SIBislander Newsletter, additional safety measures which seniors can employ are the following: Do not fall for the distraction trick while shopping. People working in teams at a grocery store or department store, for example, will have one person distract your attention or get you away from […]

Remembering a Police Olympic Hero

Sergeant John Wyche accepting the Olympic Torch Award 2012.

The Florida State Police Olympics competition dates back to the early 1970’s. At that time, only a few of the larger departments were involved in the competitive sports. Miami Dade was one of those agencies. Then a man who was so revered by all, described as a “man’s man” and a “cops’ cop” stepped in […]

College Bound Students ‘Grateful for City Support and Generosity’

High School Scholarship winners accept awards at recent commission meeting.

What better way to send our graduating high school seniors off to their respective colleges, than with a smile on their face and a check in their hand? That is exactly what happened on the night of April 18, 2012, at the Newport Hotel during the 2nd Annual College Scholarships Awards Dinner for Sunny Isles […]

Ocean Rescue Unit says thank you to their founding ‘MOM’

Ocean Rescue shows their appreciation for their former boss, Cultural and Human Services Director Susan Simpson (center). (Photo by Dan Varone)

On March 4, 2012, the official transition of the Ocean Rescue/Lifeguard Program took place. As a part of a Reorganization Plan by City Manager Alan Cohen and with the approval of the City Commission, the Ocean Rescue program has been placed with the Police Department, under the umbrella of “Public Safety” for Sunny Isles Beach. […]

Hometown heroes honor and serve our military heroes

Arnold Schulman’s SIB Military Room Makeover for Dania Beach Design District, after picture.

I had never met Arnold Schulman of the Schulman Design Group. I had never met Leslie Loewenthal of the Loewenthal Agency either. But together, along with the additional efforts and generosity of the Dania Beach Design District, they all soon became “fan favorites” of mine. These wonderful people, described as compassionate, caring, generous and honorable, […]

SIB Police Department presents Special Awards and Officer of the Year 2011


On Friday, February 10, 2012, the Annual Internal Awards for the Police Department were held at the Sunny Isles Beach Station. These awards have over the years, evolved into a special recognition for police employees who display or perform qualities and service in a particular area. The following categories and recipients were named: “JOE BORRELL […]

School Liaison Officer Patty Gonzalez wins prestigious L.E.O. Award for 2012

#15 patty gonzalez leo award

More than 850 people attended the largest ever, Law Enforcement Officer Gala on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. This Gala has become known as the Academy Awards of Law Enforcement or the L.E.O.’s. It was an exciting and anxious night for all as winners were announced in various categories for […]

Sunny Isles Beach Police Captain Snyder graduates from FBI National Academy


On December 16, 2012, 266 men and women proudly received their graduation certificates from the most prestigious National Academy (N.A.) of the F.B.I. at Quantico, VA. In all, 49 states were represented and (3) three military organizations. It was the end of an arduous and sometimes grueling 11 week program. But Captain Snyder persevered, applied […]

Sponsors and Scholarships added to existing Scholarship Program


We are proud to announce that the 2012 College Scholarship Program has become even MORE INVITING to prospective college students. The number of scholarships available has now been increased to (9) nine, each of them at a $2,500.00 award per winning student. How did this come about? The recent addition of several sponsors who are […]

My Bucket List – Of Thanks…

Chief Fred Maas

Several years ago, a movie was produced that became very popular amongst people of all ages. It was called “The Bucket List.” It starred some Hollywood big names including Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. It dealt with people who made a list of things they wanted to accomplish before their life on earth ended. When […]

Sunny Isles Beach adds to Prestigious Training for Officers

Chief Fred Maas

Recently, Police Officer Alan Saladrigas of your Sunny Isles Beach Police Department was the 3rd of our officers to graduate from the prestigious and extremely difficult Rapid Deployment Force (R.D.F.) School. Previously, Officer Javier Estevez and Detective Luke Plesa were graduates. Now, Alan joins their team. This elite group is trained in critical incident response, […]

Ready, Set, Go make application for college scholarship assistance

Chief Fred Maas

By Chief Fred Maas…. That’s Right! It is that time again when high school seniors who reside in Sunny Isles Beach and are planning their College careers are eligible to apply for scholarship assistance. Back by popular demand the 2nd Annual College Scholarship Program for the City of Sunny Isles Beach and sponsored by the […]

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