Tuesday, January 26, 2021
We continue to provide our residents and businesses with the latest updates from the City of Miami Beach during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the latest news and updates below.
COVID-19 Updates
Fight the Spread
Fight the spread of COVID-19 in Miami-Dade County with your Bluetooth connection. CombatCOVID is a mobile application that uses Bluetooth to determine if your device is near another device whose owner has identified as COVID-19-positive so that you can get tested and keep safe. If you've tested COVID-19 positive, you can use CombatCOVID to discretely alert others to get tested without disclosing your identity.

With CombatCOVID, you can keep yourself and others safer while ensuring your privacy is protected.
  • No personal information is required
  • Information transmitted is encrypted
  • No GPS or location data is tracked

Learn more at miamidade.gov/combatcovid and download the app today.
COVID-19 Testing
Drive-thru and walk-up COVID-19 testing continues on 17 Street and Convention Center Drive. We encourage you to pre-register for the walk-up site by clicking here or make your appointment for the drive-thru site here.

Visit our 'Testing' tab to view detailed testing information.

COVID-19 Vaccines
Miami-Dade County is working closely with hospital and healthcare partners, the Florida Department of Health, municipalities, and private partners to vaccinate members of our community against COVID-19 as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Appointments can be made through a scheduling tool, as more vaccines become available, at miamidade.gov/vaccine. The website is also available in Spanish at miamidade.gov/vacuna

For updated information about where vaccines are currently available and to answer frequently asked questions about the vaccine, please click here. This site will be updated frequently as new information become available. Visit our 'Vaccine' tab to view additional vaccine information.
North Beach Food Distribution
Commissioner David Richardson's office will host their weekly food distribution in North Beach tomorrow, January 27.

Wednesday, January 27
9 AM - 11 AM
8700 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL

The food distribution is on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. Please remain in your car and open the trunk when it's your turn in line.

If you do not have a car and would like to qualify for food assistance, please call or register online. Phone: 305.604.CITY (2489) or www.miamibeachfl.gov/food
General City Updates
Commission Meeting/Presentation and Awards
There will be a Commission/Presentation and Awards meeting hosted virtually tomorrow, January 27 at 5 p.m. via Zoom here: https://miamibeachfl-gov.zoom.us/j/82722627304 The meeting will be streamed live on MBTV Channel 660 on Atlantic Broadband or 99 on AT&T U-Verse.

How to provide spoken public comment during the meeting: The public may provide spoken comment by dialing telephone 929.205.6099 or 888.475.4499 (toll free).  The Webinar ID is 827 2262 7304. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.
Free GED & ESOL Classes
The City of Miami Beach is once again funding one class of either ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) or GED (General Educational Development, available in English or Spanish) for Miami Beach residents.

Classes are offered virtually by the Miami Beach Adult and Community Education Center, and are offered Monday through Thursday in the morning, afternoon or evening.

Residents much register online at www.miamibeachadult.com. When promoted, enter your City of Miami Beach address to be awarded the $30 cost of class. Only addresses with zip codes 33139, 33140 or 33141 will be eligible. If you have any questions, please call 305.531.0451 to speak to a Registration Specialist for assistance.
Neighborhood and Quality of Life Committee Meeting
There will be a Neighborhood and Quality of Life Committee meeting hosted virtually on Thursday, January 28 at 8:30 a.m. via Zoom here: https://miamibeachfl-gov.zoom.us/j/91712099637. The meeting will be streamed live on MBTV Channel 660 on Atlantic Broadband or 99 on AT&T U-Verse.

How to provide spoken public comment during the meeting: The public may provide spoken comment by dialing telephone 301.715.8592 or 888.475.4499 (toll free).  The Webinar ID is 917 1209 9637. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.
Virtual Sustainachella: Sweet Bees
Bees are one of the most important pollinators and are critical in the propagation of plants, trees and food crops in South Florida.

Join us to learn more about bees and pollinators, local beehives, and becoming a trained beekeeper!
Friday, January 29
12 PM - 1 PM

Click here to register for the webinar.
Flamingo Park Meeting
Commissioner Michael Góngora will join the Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association on Monday, February 1 to discuss topics that matter in the Flamingo Park community.

Monday, February 1
6 PM

By phone: 646.876.9923
Meeting ID: 992 5392 4693
Free Tax Preparation Services on Miami Beach
Recognized as a best practice site by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for its fast and reliable tax preparation program, the City of Miami Beach will once again offer free income tax preparation services beginning February 1 through April 15, 2021 for households or individuals earning up to $57,000 annually per household.
Tax preparation services will be offered Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays via appointment only in the Office of Housing and Community Services, located at 555 17 Street. Appointments can be made now through the end of tax season by calling 305.673.7491. Special services are offered to taxpayers with limited English skills or disabilities.
Residents are reminded to bring the following documentation:
  • Valid government-issued identification card;
  • Social Security card for all persons declared as dependents on the tax return;
  • All 2020 W-2s and information for other income;
  • Bank account information for direct deposit of refund
  • Forms 1095-A, B or C (ACA Statements);
  • Total paid to day care providers and their tax ID number, if applicable;
  • Birth dates for everyone listed on the return, including spouses and/or dependents;
  • Copy of last year's tax return; and
  • Identity theft PIN, if applicable.
Parks & Rec Corner
Get your children playing sports and connecting with other kids in the neighborhood through any one of our classes and programs being offered by the Miami Beach Parks and Recreation Department.

Visit register.miamibeachparks.com and let's create memories together!
All year long, dance classes for all ages are being offered by Epic Dance Center at the North Shore Park Youth Center. Register today at epicenterprisesfl.com.
Winter Sports are underway! From pee wee soccer, juniors flag football, basketball to youth volleyball and more. Register your young athletes today at register.miamibeachparks.com
The Miami Beach Teen Club is offering a free afterschool program Monday through Friday from 2 PM to 7 PM at the Normandy Isle Park, Nautilus Middle School and the Scott Rakow Youth Center. Register today at register.miamibeachparks.com
Commit to be fit this new year! We have two locations for open gym sessions at the Scott Rakow and North Shore Park Youth Centers. Purchase your monthly pass today by visiting register.miamibeachparks.com
Enjoy free African Dance & Drums classes during the month of February! Scott Rakow Youth Center | Thursday, February 4 at 6:30 PM and North Shore Park Youth Center | Saturday, February 13 & 27 at 11 AM register.miamibeachparks.com
Let your moves fly with Zumba! Classes are offered at North Shore Park (M/W/Th/F at 6:30 PM and Saturday's at 9:30 AM) and Scott Rakow Youth Center Tues/Th at 10 AM. Classes are $6 for residents/$11 for non-residents register.miamibeachparks.com
Mondays with Micky
Commissioner Micky Steinberg will host a virtual Mondays with Micky on Monday, February 8 to discuss the future of Biscayne Bay with Irela Bague, Miami-Dade County Chief Bay Officer and Betsy Wheaton, the Miami Beach Environment and Sustainability Director.

Monday, February 8
6 PM

Or by telephone: 301.715.8592 or 888.475.4499 (toll free). The Webinar ID is 813 6175 4674.
Stay Informed
Visit our dedicated, city-related coronavirus webpage at www.miamibeachfl.gov/coronavirus for the most up-to-date information, including important resources, impacts to city services and more.

Our city hotline at 305.604.CITY (2489) is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. You can also email your questions to MBCovid@miamibeachfl.gov. Or connect with us through social media via email, Nextdoor, Facebook, Twitter and via text message (text MBAlert to 888777).