Mayor Svechin

Reckless or Responsible

Traffic on Collins Avenue

By Larisa Svechin, Vice Mayor (Monday, May 3, 2021) – We all have a choice when we start our vehicle. Will we be reckless or responsible? The choice we make may just be the difference between life and death. I choose to be responsible. We often have a lot on our minds, but let us never forget about safety. The …

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Clean Beaches Month

Clean Beaches Month July 2021

The first week in July is Clean Beaches Week but we are celebrating our beaches all month long! Join us for a Beach Cleanup event on Thursday, July 14 at 5 pm at the Newport Fishing Pier. Follow us on social media as we share ways you can help keep our beaches beautiful not only this month, but all year …

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Time for Change on our Roads

Collins Avenue Aerial View

By Larisa Svechin, Vice Mayor (Friday, February 26, 2021) – We have a problem on State Road A1A (Collins Avenue) and State Road 826 (163rd Street/Sunny Isles Boulevard) with distracted driving. This is a pestilence on our community. We may be restricted as a City, however as a community working together, we are strong and unstoppable. While we have increased …

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Valuing What We Have


By Vice Mayor Larisa Svechin (November 30, 2020) – Perspective is essential. Stepping back and taking stock of how much we have to be grateful for is important. I had that experience recently. In early November I had the honor of participating in Holocaust Education Week. It was a sobering event reminding me of how much so many families lost …

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Here For You

Volunteers putting box of food into a resident's trunk at Farm Share Food Drive

By Larisa Svechin, Vice Mayor (September 29, 2020) – We are all in this together and now is the time to lean on each other and find ways to support each other, while finding joy in helping others. While forced to adjust in response to restrictions, we are also still facing many challenges as a community. Because I have been …

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Comfort Found in Consistency

Police officers working at graduation event

By Larisa Svechin, Vice Mayor (Tuesday, June 23, 2020) – The last three months have felt like a decade as the world changed so much. Everyone has been impacted by the pandemic and the subsequent decisions made by law makers. It is therefore comforting to know that a constant remains for the residents of Sunny Isles Beach. A constant force …

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Placing Civic Responsibility at the Forefront of our Agenda

SIBesafe SIBeKind t-shirt

By Larisa Svechin, Commissioner (May 15, 2020) – It is a scary and frustrating time. It seems that the future of our city and country is unknown as it relates to COVID-19. But please know that the City of Sunny Isles Beach is working hard to keep you safe while maintaining our high standard of living – within legal parameters …

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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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