The Town of Surfside, Florida is a Commission-Manager form of government. Article II of the Town of Surfside Charter provides a detailed explanation of the associated rights, responsibilities and prohibitions governing the Commission.
The Legislative Department consists of the Mayor, Vice Mayor and three Town Commissioners. They are identified by name and title on the title page of this document. Collectively, the legislative body is responsible principally for setting the general policy direction of the town. The Town Commission makes four critically important appointments on behalf of the Town and provides oversight to those appointments. The appointments are: 1) the Town Attorney, 2) Town Board members, 3) the Town Manager, and 4) the Town’s external auditor.
The powers and responsibilities of the Town Commission designated in the Town Charter include, among others: 1) appointments, 2) establishing administrative departments through the adopted budget, 3) levying taxes and assessments, 4) authorizing bond issuance, 5) adopting and modifying the official Town map, 6) regulating development consistent with governing laws, 7) addressing neighborhood development, 8) granting public utility franchises, 9) providing for an employee pension plan, 10) monitoring administrative services through the Town Manager, 11) appointing interim Commissioners in the event of a vacancy of office, and 12) providing Town ceremonies.
Daniel Dietch, Mayor
Phone: (305) 861-4863
Welcome to Surfside. It is my privilege to serve as the 32nd Mayor of Surfside. In 2010, we celebrated a significant milestone: Surfside’s 75th anniversary. I pledge to continue to honor our illustrious past by planning for an economically stable and sustainable future. This is my goal and my promise to the residents of Surfside.
Surfside already has much to be proud of including our diverse recreation programs, our beautiful beaches and parks, a diverse downtown shopping district, caring residents and a staff dedicated to serving the Town and its residents. We are currently working on many initiatives, including the opening of our new and state of the art community center, improving our technology services, revamping and improving the capacities of our water/sewer/stormwater management systems, business district improvements, and looking for opportunities to improve services and lower costs by collaborating with our neighboring communities.
As we move forward, my commitment to you is to be open-minded, thorough, fair, and honest. My priority is to solicit feedback, to listen to my constituents and the Town’s stakeholders and to act in the best interests of Surfside.
I thank you for your confidence in me. I look forward to hearing from you and continuing to work to keep Surfside a great community to live, work, visit, raise a family and enjoy life.
Eli Tourgeman, Vice Mayor
Phone: (305) 861-4863
Eli Tourgeman was born in Panama and was educated at Long Island University, NY, earning a Bachelor’s in Science degree “cum laude”.. His experience in the banking industry and credibility in the community made him a natural choice as leader for the Surfside-Bal Harbour offices in banking. Currently and he is the President of the Surfside Business Association.
Mr. Tourgeman’s history in community service appointments included:
Town of Surfside Mayor, Vice Mayor and Commissioner
Board Member of Miami-Dade Housing Authority, South Fl. Regional Planning Council, Surfside Planning and Zoning and the Hope Center.
Chairman of the Banker’s Forum, Miami-Dade Merit & Awards Committee and the Surfside Tourist Board.
President of the Surfside Business Association and the North Shore Kiwanis Club.
Treasurer of the Miami Dade League of Cities.
Committee member of the “Mom & Pops” District Grants and the Miami Dade Office of the Chair.
Vice President of the Florida Cold Coast Chamber of Commerce and the Surfside Branch HSBC Bank.
Community Outreach for the YMCA “Every Child a Swimmer” and the Miami Beach Heart walk Committee.
Mr. Tourgeman has also served in the Miami Dade County Commission, Office of the Chair, Honorable Dr. Barbara Carey-Shuler, received the first Humanitarian Award given by the North Shore Kiwanis Club.
Mr. Tourgeman’s community involvement includes
- Hope Center, a residential and learning center for mentally challenged individuals.
- Miami Beach Heart Walk committee
Barry Richard Cohen, Commissioner
Phone: (305) 861-4863
Barry is a graduate of the University of Miami where received a business degree. He owned and operated a hospitality supplies business while in college. He later received his Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in California and has been a practicing attorney for almost 30 years.
He is a member of the Federal Trial Bar Association for the southern district of Florida and a member of the Florida Bar Association. His practice has focussed on commercial litigation, real estate, transactions, personal injury and foreclosure defense.
Barry is a corporate member of both the Dade and Broward Real Estate Investors Association where he frequently provides seminars to members.
He served as the chairman and the vice chairman of the Surfside Planning and Zoning Board from 1988-1990.
He was born and raised on Miami Beach where he attended elementary, junior and senior high school. He has been a Surfside resident since 1985 where he and his wife raised their 3 children and where he maintained a law office for 5 years.
Barry looks forward to the opportunity to serve surfside, provide excellent representation to its residents and take surfside from good to great while maintaining its unique charm.
Michael Karukin, Commissioner
Phone: (305) 861-4863
Michael Karukin has been involved in Surfside’s policy direction since 2008. In 2010, after serving on the Charter Review Board, he was elected to the Surfside Commission and re-elected in 2012 as Vice Mayor. He is very appreciative of the opportunity to serve another two years.
Michael has worked as a clinical research scientist in the pharmaceutical industry for more than 30 years. He is a Physician’s Assistant with Bachelor’s degrees in Physiological Psychology and Medicine from the University of Florida and has a Ph.D in Health Services Administration from Walden University.
From 1982 to 1991, Michael was research director and clinician at one of the first private clinical trial study centers in South Florida, focusing on investigational drugs for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, stroke and migraine headache. In 1991, he joined IVAX Corporation, a Miami based pharmaceutical company as a clinical research scientist. IVAX wasacquired by Teva Pharmaceuticals (the world largest generic drug company) in 2006. Michael is now Director of Patient Registries at Teva managing research projects in the area of medication safety.
Michael grew up in Miami Beach. In 1999, he found his dream home in Surfside, his slice of paradise. There are not too many places that offer the peace, tranquility and security of a small town yet so close to what makes South Florida a great place to live, work and play. Surfside is a family friendly residential coastal community that offers great schools, great location, great people, and a great place to visit. We have a Town administration that is professional, responsive, and accessible to all residents and visitors. Open a business, buy a home, eat at one of our great restaurants, go shopping or stay on the beach to just relax. Welcome to Surfside.
Marta Olchyk, Commissioner
Phone: (305) 861-4863
My name is MARTA OLCHYK. I was born in Cuba where I lived until 1960 when I emigrated to the U.S, specifically to Dallas, TX , where I lived for forty (40 )years until 2000.
When I left Cuba with my now deceased dear husband Dr. Oscar Olchyk and my first born child, Samuel Olchyk, currently a Tax attorney in Washington .D.C., I was a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Havana, Cuba.
In Dallas, I was able to continue my education. I got an M.A from Texas Woman's University and a PH.D from Texas Christian University. My second child, Sonia Olchyk, was born in Dallas and is also living in Washington D.C. where she teaches Spanish and is a curriculum developer at a High School.
My professional career includes teaching Spanish and Latin American Civilization in High School and in College for 8 years. Then I became a federal Investigator with the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This assignment lasted 28 years until I retired in 2003.
An important aspect of my life has always been my commitment to community involvement which includes volunteering in organizations such as American Association of University Women, Hadassah, Jewish Federation of Dallas and Greater Miami, and AIPAC, among many others.