The City of Sunrise was originally incorporated in 1961 as Sunrise Golf Village. Over the past 50+ years, it has grown from a small suburban community to a diverse City of more than 90,000 residents. Sunrise is a full-service City that owns and operates its Utilities Department, providing water and sewer services to approximately 200,000 people in a 70-square-mile utility service area. In addition, Sunrise maintains its own Police and Fire-Rescue departments.
The City offers a wide variety of recreational programs and facilities, including swimming pools, a tennis club, a golf club, a theatre and art gallery, an athletic club and eight parks.
Sunrise is also home to the Sawgrass International Corporate Park and such regional attractions as the BankAtlantic Center, Sawgrass Mills Mall and retail chain IKEA.
Form of Government
The City of Sunrise operates under a Commission/Manager form of government, led by a Mayor and four City Commissioners:
Mayor Michael J. Ryan
Commissioner Sheila D. Alu
Commissioner Donald K. Rosen
Commissioner Joseph A. Scuotto
Commissioner Lawrence A. Sofield
It is the Commission’s responsibility to set policy, establish laws and adopt the City’s budget. The Commission-appointed City Manager implements the policies and laws, while overseeing the day-to-day operations of Sunrise.
The Mayor and four City Commissioners are elected to four-year, staggered terms on a non-partisan basis. Municipal elections are held in November of even-numbered years.
Sources of Information
Sunrise strives to facilitate communication between the City and its residents and business owners. Information can be obtained in person and through these channels:
The City’s official Web site lists City facilities and their hours of operation; offers a variety of forms in PDF format; and offers residents a convenient means of registering for Leisure Services programs and paying utility bills. Streaming video of commission meetings is also available on the site.
The City’s Web site features a Citizen Service Request page. Access it any time, 24/7, to ask a question or report a problem. You can even track the progress of your request online.
Using this high-speed notification system, Sunrise officials can quickly deliver messages via telephone to targeted areas, or to the entire City. These messages could include boil-water orders, storm advisories and other urgent information. If you have an unlisted phone number, changed your phone number or address within the past year, or use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as your primary number, you may not be in our CodeRED database. Input your contact information today: visit our Sign Up For Information page.
The Sunrise Source
This bi-monthly, opt-in email newsletter delivers information about City programs and events. To register to receive the Sunrise Source, visit our Sign Up For Information page.
Sunrise now uses Facebook and Twitter to transmit time-sensitive information. Stay in the loop: Friend and Follow us! And, for photos of recent City events, be sure to visit Flickr.