Former Mayor Svechin

Art is all Around Us

Residents painting in the park.

By Larisa Svechin, Vice Mayor (Wednesday, February 26, 2020) – I love Sunny Isles Beach and everything it offers, from the spectacular beaches and international cafes to the renowned restaurants and multitude of parks. One of its little-known jewels is our arts initiative. I have the pleasure of sitting on the Public Arts Advisory Committee with a group of residents …

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Connecting to your Community

Group of female seniors sitting at table in the park.

By Larisa Svechin, Vice-Mayor (Monday, November 25, 2019) – Winter holiday festivities are a time of joy. With so many parties, visitors and traffic, December can also feel hectic and overwhelming. Take a break and make personal connections. We are blessed to live in a thriving community with engaging, and often free, fun civic clubs, educational opportunities, and events. Did …

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You Represent the Resilience of Our Community

Crossing guard and student with Mom.

By Larisa Svechin, Vice Mayor (Wednesday, October 2, 2019) – Our community is rich. It has rich and diverse cultures, languages, and customs; we have the ocean and the beach; we are artists, poets, professionals, business owners, and parents; and we have more parks and places of worship than any city our size. With all we have, sometimes we still …

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What’s the difference between SIB & NSE/SIB K-8 School

Aerial view of the NSE SIB K-8 School

By Vice Mayor Larisa Svechin & Commissioner Jeniffer Viscarra (Monday, June 24, 2019) – Throughout recent years, our small, close-knit community has become increasingly family-oriented. NSE/Sunny Isles Beach K-8, an A-rated school, is a significant factor of this shift in our community. This superior school has increased our property values and therefore attracted families from all over the world. It …

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Safety First

Sergeant Gonzalez handing safety materials to young girl.

By Larisa Svechin, Vice Mayor (Friday, April 26, 2019) – Safety is every parent’s priority. As a parent of four school-age children, I understand this first hand. Safety education and activism has turned into a passion for me. During this current and last legislative session, I have been advocating for legislation in Tallahassee and Washington DC, supporting distracted driving laws, …

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New Year, New Opportunity

Kids grouped together for picture for Breast Cancer Awareness event

By Larisa Svechin, Vice Mayor (Thursday, January 24, 2019) – Each New Year is an opportunity to live a more fulfilling life. It could be a commitment to living a healthier lifestyle, possibly becoming a volunteer or devoting more time to your family. It is sparked with an idea. Recently, my daughter was passionately writing an essay protesting smoking; the glint …

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Taking Action: A Safe and Secure School for our Children

Three police officers on the road overseeing children walking to school

By Larisa Svechin, Commissioner (Saturday, November 3, 2018) – As a parent of four school-age children, safety is my priority. After the tragedy that occurred in Parkland on February 14, 2018, where 17 students and staff members were killed, Florida passed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. Here are some key points of the law: 1) raise …

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Unique, Brilliant, and Creative: Public Art Coming to SIB

Art piece by Valeria Yamamoto installed at Intracoastal Park in Sunny Isles Beach.

By Larisa Svechin, Commissioner (Monday, October 8, 2018) – Sunny Isles Beach is a magnificent world class destination. We are unique; with a plethora of nationalities, languages, ages, and interests. Nonetheless, we are still young, even now finding our vibe. There is inspiration everywhere you turn. From one end of the City to the other, on the east or west …

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Employment Opportunities in Sunny Isles Beach

Field Operation Worker inspecting the canopy at Heritage Park.

By Larisa Svechin, Commissioner (Monday, June 4, 2018) – Are you looking for a part-time or full-time job? Residents often ask me if I know of job openings in the City of Sunny Isles Beach. Being a productive and involved resident makes for a better and stronger city. Although Commissioners do not hire or interview, our City staff does. Our …

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Norman S. Edelcup / Sunny Isles Beach K-8 Turns 10

City officials stand in front of a ribbon during the Grand Opening of the NSE SIB K-8 School

By Larisa Svechin, Commissioner (Friday, April 27, 2018) – This June marks the 21st Anniversary of Sunny Isles Beach. We also celebrate the 10 year anniversary of our school, Norman S. Edelcup / Sunny Isles Beach K-8, the first school in our City. The history goes back more than 15 years. The vision and determination of local officials both in …

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