Former Mayor Svechin

Practicing Good Citizenship

Beach coastline and skyline on a clear day. Birds flying in the sky.

By Larisa Svechin, Commissioner (Friday, January 26, 2018) – As residents and visitors of this magnificent City, who take pleasure in the natural beauty, the parks, and amenities, it is incumbent on each of us to practice good citizenship. Civilly monitoring public areas, sharing valuable information, or picking up a piece of trash every day, are just some examples of …

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Update From Commissioner Svechin on School Address Verification Initiative

This is a photo of the Norman S. Edelcup Community School.

By Larisa Svechin, Commissioner (Monday, October 30, 2017) – Winter is a time for days off of school, travel, and visiting with family. It is a time for welcoming tourists and friends. Reflecting on 2017, I asked residents what interests them. Unanimously, they asked for an update on the City-sponsored, school address verification initiative. Our community school is crowded; so …

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Resident Volunteers Step Up to Clean Up

Volunteers standing outside in front of debris following Hurricane Irma.

By Larisa Svechin, Commissioner (Monday, October 2, 2017) – Sunny Isles Beach is profoundly diverse and unique. For many reasons, this is the only city I would live in. Yet, it was not until Hurricane Irma that I realized how true this statement is. As a community we proved what I suspected: that we are resilient yet patient, not perfect …

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Condo Reform Bill Passes

Photo of the Aron Neuman Moon over Sunny Isles Beach.

By Larisa Svechin, Commissioner (Sunday, June 4, 2017) – By and large, we are a City of condominiums. Sunny Isles Beach has more than 22,000 residents, including children, retirees, vacationers and snowbirds, In March, this Commission, Police Department, City staff, and the Mayor, met with Senator Rene Garcia, who was introducing a Condo Reform Bill, HB 1237. That bill has …

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Summer Recess is Almost Upon Us: The Future of School Building

Phosed photo of children smiling at school.

By Larisa Svechin, Commissioner (Tuesday, April 25, 2017) – Spring is finally here, which means there are 6 weeks left of school. Children are excited about summer and advancing to the next grade. Two hundred and forty-one 8th graders will be going on to high school. Parents and residents have asked about future school building plans. Recently, the Miami Herald …

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New Program to Pair Two Valuable Assets

Photo of a young ASP participant.

By Larisa Svechin, Commissioner (Thursday, January 26, 2017) – With the new year come new possibilities. Our fortuitous City continues to offer both world-class recreation and exceptional education. Two of Sunny Isles Beach’s sizable assets are our seniors (greater than 2,500) and the school children (more than 2,000). While the former built our City, the latter will be entrusted to …

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