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Posted on: November 23, 2020

News from the Town of Bay Harbor Islands


Town of Bay Harbor Islands Announces New Police Chief

After a nationwide candidate search yielding 55 applicants, extensive interviews and final recommendations by a panel of 5 Florida police chiefs, Town Manager, Maria Lasday, on behalf of the Town of Bay Harbor Islands, has selected Raul M. Diaz as the Town’s new Chief of Police.

Mr. Diaz has over 31 years of demonstrated law enforcement experience, at both the local and federal level, 18 of which were at the executive level of law enforcement. He served as Chief of Police for the City of Lynchburg, VA, and as Assistant Chief of Police for the City of Fort Lauderdale, having come up through the ranks, serving 26 years with Ft. Lauderdale PD. Mr. Diaz holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration, is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy and serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the USAF Reserves. 

The Town welcomes Mr. Diaz to the Bay Harbor Islands community and we look forward to his December swearing-in.


Town Hall, the Building Department and the Annex Building are open but by Appointment Only

For the safety of our Town employees and the greater public; our Town Hall offices and lobby, the Annex building offices and our Building Department are accessible by appointment only. Any person requiring in person access to any Town service or staff member must first request an appointment. Visitors are required to wear a mask over their nose and mouth and only one person may enter at a time. To schedule an appointment, click here to access our "Contact Us" form and indicate what it is you require and or with whom you wish to meet in the form's comments section. Be sure to include your name, email address. and phone number. You may also email staff directly. Click here to access the staff directory. Many services are also available online, for your convenience, making a visit to Town Hall unnecessary. Visit the "I Want to" page for more information.

Got a problem? See or hear a problem? Let's FixiT!

The Town of Bay Harbor Islands FixiT Form allows you to alert us to a problem in our Town that needs attention so that we can FixiT! Fill it in - then send it in, and we'll do the rest. Take a look

New Online Programs from the Community Services Department

Dance, meditate, do yoga & tai chi, play soccer, create and learn with us! Check out the great new programming we have for Bay Harbor Islands residents of all ages on Zoom! Visit our calendar for dates and times or Fun Things to do at Home for more info.  

Virtual Residents' Forum, "Evenings with Elizabeth"

Join Council Member Tricoche and her special guest, Senator Jason Pizzo, on Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. for a Virtual Resident's Forum via the Zoom platform. For more information go to

Outdoor Tai Chi and Yoga at the 95th Street Park

Let's get outside! Enjoy live adult Yoga and Tai Chi classes, outdoors, at our 95th Street Park. Tai Chi classes are held on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Yoga is on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. For the safety of our instructor and participants, all persons attending our live classes must wear a facial covering over their nose and mouth and adhere to all relevant CDC guidelines. Our Tai Chi and Yoga programs are for Town of Bay Harbor Islands residents only and limited to 10 participants per class. The cost is $60 for 8 weeks. To register, go to or call the Community Services Department at the Morris N. Broad Community Center at 786-646-9970.  

Veterans Day 2020

We are forever grateful to all the men and women who answered the call to serve our country in the armed forces. Join us as we give thanks to all our veterans for their service to this great nation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we could not hold our annual Barbecue and Block Party this year, but know you are in our thoughts and we wish you well.

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