Mayor Svechin

Government Ethics

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By Larisa Svechin, Mayor (Thursday, May 11, 2023) – Ethical government is different from everyday ethical behavior; it is not about being “good” or a “person of integrity.” Behavior that is commendable outside of government, like helping a family member get a post or repaying a favor one has been given, is considered wrong in a government setting. Government ethics …

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A Message from the Mayor: Participation & Government Transparency

Residents sitting at tables during Transit Study Town Hall discussion.

By Larisa Svechin, Mayor (Tuesday, April 4, 2023) – Past articles have chided residents for not being involved enough. So, what keeps people from participating? A question dogging many municipalities. It is important that good public participation practices are in place so that residents can help the city be more accountable and responsive. If previous attempts proved unsuccessful, we need to …

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Proposed Charter Amendments

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The Charter Revision Commission has completed its evaluation of the City’s Charter and has proposed 14 amendments. (Friday, March 3, 2023) – The Charter of the City of Sunny Isles Beach calls for an evaluation and review by its residents (collectively known as the Charter Revision Commission or “CRC”) every ten years. Upon review, the CRC may propose any amendments it …

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National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation

Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water conservation April 1 - 30, 2023. The Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water starts now through April 30.

The City of Sunny Isles Beach joins national campaign to promote smart water use and reduce pollution; Visit city standings throughout the month of April at Mayor Larisa Svechin is joining mayors across the country who are asking residents to make a long-term commitment to reduce pollution and manage water resources more wisely. In return residents can win over …

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A Message from the Mayor: NSE/SIB K-8 School

NSE SIB K-8 School

By Larisa Svechin, Mayor (Friday, March 3, 2023) – Each day more and more families are choosing South Florida as a new permanent home. Sunny Isles Beach is the most desirable location for settling down, for numerous reasons. Our school is a top reason many young families move here. It is also the most overcrowded K-8 in Miami-Dade County. Like many, …

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State of the City 2023

2023 State of the City Mayor Larisa Svechin

By Larisa Svechin, Mayor It is my distinct privilege to be giving the 2023 State of the City Address for the first time as your Mayor. I first moved to Sunny Isles Beach in 1987 and am committed to furthering my previous work on the City Commission, now as your duly elected mayor.    Going into our 25th year, 2022 was …

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Statement from Mayor Larisa Svechin on Holocaust Remembrance Day

A message from the Mayor Larisa Svechin

(Friday, January 27, 2023) – Today the City of Sunny Isles Beach commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 78th anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. We reflect on those who suffered unspeakable atrocities, including the many Holocaust survivors in the South Florida area and Sunny Isles Beach. As we remember our painful past, we are also reminded …

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Changes Bring Opportunities for Growth

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By Larisa Svechin, Mayor (Friday, October 1, 2021) – There have been some changes in Sunny Isles Beach, which I believe bring opportunities for growth. As we know, former Mayor Scholl resigned and I assumed the role of Mayor until the special election that will be held on November 2. Our beloved former Chief of Police Dwight Snyder retired and …

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Safety Begins With Us

Parents and children using the crosswalk as they walk to school.

By Larisa Svechin, Vice Mayor (Friday, August 6, 2021) – It’s that time of year again when our children head back to school and we all know that means increased traffic on the streets and the sidewalks. With kids back in the classroom on August 23, we can expect the usual drop-off and pick-up influx of cars and pedestrians on …

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