This letter is to regrettably inform you that I am resigning my position as Mayor effective September 1, 2021. This is not a decision that I have taken lightly, however it is a decision that I need to take. For many of us, this past year has been one of the most difficult years in our lives. It certainly has been for me. The responsibilities associated with my full-time job as President and CEO of OneBlood coupled with the myriad of issues that were faced as Mayor created some very difficult and unique challenges. It is very demanding to work full time and serve as mayor of a dynamic city such as ours, especially during crisis situations when we are needed the most.
I must say, without the ever-present assistance of our Vice Mayor, Larisa Svechin, and the strong support of our City staff and Police Department, my time as mayor would not have been possible. Vice Mayor Svechin has been incredibly supportive, and I want to publicly thank her for that support. Our City staff are consummate professionals and do great work on behalf of our residents. They have been doing a superb job of navigating through the pandemic and have displayed dedication and courage even when there was much uncertainty and personal risk. I want to thank them and encourage them to keep up the excellent work.
Our Police Department is second to none and an agency that the entire community can be proud of. I have enjoyed getting to know our officers and command staff and applaud the incredible job they do for all of us. I also want to thank my colleagues on the City Commission, past and present, for their continued service to our community. Being an elected official is not easy, but we are fortunate to have had and continue to have a solid group of dedicated commissioners serving our community. You are left in excellent hands.
Finally, and most importantly, I want to thank my family and the citizens of Sunny Isles Beach, for supporting and entrusting me as mayor and as a city commissioner during my over 13 years in public office.
Moving forward, there will be a special election in November and additional details will be provided later this month. If you have any questions, please reach out to the City Clerk’s Office at [email protected] or 305.792.1703.
Once again, many thanks for granting me the opportunity and experience of serving as mayor of the great City of Sunny Isles Beach.
George “Bud” Scholl