Susi Loyzelle began her public service as a council member for the Town of Cutler Bay in 2010 and was re-elected without opposition in November 2012.
A South Florida native born in Hollywood and raised in Pembroke Pines, she relocated to south Miami-Dade in 1986. She has been a resident of the greater Cutler Bay area for more than 25 years. Loyzelle serves as executive director of Grants and Government Relations for the YMCA of South Florida, having worked with that community organization for more than 28 years. She has served on several public service committees including: Miami-Dade County Age-Friendly Initiative Advisory Committee; Chamber South’s Transportation and Government Relations Committees; United Way of Miami-Dade Older Adult Advocacy Taskforce; Miami-Dade League of Cities Transportation Committee, as well as serving as council liaison for the Town of Cutler Bay’s Communities for a Lifetime Committee (CFAL). Under her leadership and committee work, the Town of Cutler Bay in May 2016 became the first municipality in South Florida to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities and fourth in the state of Florida to receive this designation. In 2015 the town received Florida’s Council on Aging Quality Senior Living Award in the category of “Service to Seniors by an Organization.”
Loyzelle is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Miami, sponsored by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce; an active member of the Kiwanis Club since 1989, serving as a committee member, board member, and ultimately becoming its president over her many years of service.
Questions for the candidate:
What prompted you to run for vice mayor?
“I am running for vice mayor because I have the commitment and passion for our town and I want to continue my service to improve the quality of life for our residents. I love public service and when the opportunity to move to vice mayor was presented to me, I knew it was the perfect next step.
“I want to continue to serve our town as I have for the past six years and have dedicated my time to make sure our town is the best it can be.
I love Cutler Bay and I want to make sure that we continue to have that ‘home town’ feeling. I bring with me the necessary experience with fresh new ideas to continue to move our town in the right direction.
“I am proud of what we have accomplished and will continue to make sure that we protect our town from overdevelopment; we continue to improve our parks; we continue to be good stewards of our environment, and we keep our families safe.”
What do you feel are the most important issues facing the Town of Cutler Bay now and in the months ahead?
“The most important issues facing our town are: responsible and manageable growth; traffic relief and transit solutions; a balanced budget; managing our finances in full transparency; increasing our park programming, equipment and capital expansion with sustainable operational funding, and providing a safe environment for our residents.”
What brief statement would you like to make to residents as to why they should vote for you?
“I believe that voters can entrust me with their vote because of my proven track record of results of on behalf of Cutler Bay families. Since elected, I fought to bring the Town Circulator Bus and expansion of the days of operation, along with infrastructure improvements to Old Cutler Road and Caribbean Boulevard that combined have helped alleviate some of our traffic challenges.
I led the effort to make our Town of Cutler Bay the fourth city in the state that is now a designated an ‘Age Friendly’ community. I also am proud to have led the effort to make our neighborhoods safer by advocating for the hiring of more police officers. We have been able to do all of these things while protecting our environment and keeping taxes low.”
Her website is www.susiloyzelle.com; call her at 786-817-4852.
— Gary Alan Ruse