Each year Sunny Isles Beach welcomes more than a million vacationers to its two-and-a-half-mile stretch of fine sand and sparkling waters. When a Russian company began building apartments in the area in 1996, the City of Sun and Sea also began welcoming a substantial influx of folks from that country and other former republics of the Soviet Union. The 2000 census put the Russian population here at eleven percent (in a city of 15,000), but most believe this number has gone up considerably since. The latest wave of immigrants, which includes Russian-Americans relocating from the Northeast, are more affluent and acclimated than those who arrived stateside in the 1970s, and they have been snapping up condominiums in the looming high-rise towers booming along the Collins Avenue waterfront. Moscow on the Hudson is now... More >>>