Tuesday, October 13, 2020
The City of Miami Beach has amended its Emergency Measures, to be consistent with Miami-Dade County’s Emergency Order (EO) 27-20, as amended. In addition to the minimum requirements set forth by County EO 27-20, the City’s Emergency Order will include the following:

  • All restaurants and food service establishments shall close for on-premises dining between the start of the curfew at 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. the next morning. These establishments may still continue to operate their kitchens after 12 a.m. strictly for the purpose of providing delivery and drive-through services only. Take-out, pick-up, or curb-side pick-up is prohibited between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. each day. Employees, janitorial personnel, contractors, and delivery personnel are still allowed access to these establishments. 

  • Package liquor stores shall be permitted to make DELIVERIES to residential properties until 12 a.m. daily.

  • All retail stores, including package liquor stores, grocery stores, convenience stores, and gasoline service/filling stations, which offer for sale any alcoholic beverage(s), (including, but not limited to, liquor, beer, or wine) for off-premises consumption continue to be prohibited  from selling any alcoholic beverage(s) after 8 p.m. each day in all zoning districts.

Reminder, the Countywide curfew is in effect daily from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.
Traffic Advisory - Thursday, October 15
The Miami Beach Police Department has been made aware of a visit from the President on Thursday, October 15. Although not in Miami Beach, the visit will require the complete closure of the MacArthur Causeway (I-395), both eastbound and westbound. Pedestrians and cyclists will also be prohibited from accessing the Causeway. The anticipated closure is set to begin at 7 p.m. and last until 11 p.m. These times are subject to change.
 
We encourage you to use the Julia Tuttle Causeway (I-195) or the 79 Street Causeway to enter or exit the City of Miami Beach. Residents of Palm, Hibiscus, Star, and Fisher Islands may return home via the westbound MacArthur Causeway. Any residents exiting these islands will also be directed eastbound on the MacArthur Causeway. All other traffic must exit the City via the alternate causeways. No exceptions will be made.
 
For the latest information, we encourage you to follow Miami Beach PD on Twitter and Facebook. You can also signup for traffic text alerts by texting MBTraffic to 888777.

COVID-19 Updates
North Beach Food Distribution
South Florida Seniors in Action and Commissioner David Richardson will host their weekly food distribution tomorrow, October 14 in North Beach.

Wednesday, October 14
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 vehicle and open the trunk to receive the food.
Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The application period for round two of the Miami-Dade Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is open. The ERAP provides rental payment assistance for up to three months but no more than $5,000 total to families experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The amount of rental assistance you receive will depend on the amount of unpaid rent.

Applications are being accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 16. Anyone who applied for Phase I of the program will be able to apply again. Click here for more information.
2020 Census Deadline EXTENDED
The deadline to take the 2020 Census has been extended to Saturday, October 31.

We need your help! If you have already completed the census, check up on your neighbors, family and friends. Spread the word to help Miami Beach secure the maximum amount of federal funding to better our community through improved schools, affordable housing, hospitals, roadways and more.  

Make sure everyone in your household counts today by visiting my2020census.gov
General City Updates
Commission Meeting
A Commission Meeting will be held tomorrow, October 14 at 8:30 a.m. virtually via Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87066995212 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 870 6699 5212. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.
Halloween with Parks & Rec
The City's Parks and Recreation team is celebrating Halloween all month long!

From virtual happenings to a drive-in movie, we're having some fun this Halloween.


Virtual Face Painting Classes
We're offering two virtual lessons to learn how to face paint, so you can look your spooky best. Classes are free to all.
  • Virtual Adult Face Painting Class | Friday, October 16 from 5 PM - 6:30 PM | City of Miami Beach Facebook Live
  • Virtual Child Face Painting Class | Friday, October 23 from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM | City of Miami Beach Facebook Live
Drive-In Movie
Enjoy a Halloween drive-in movie with your family and friends. Get in the spirit and also participate in our Halloween Car Decorating Contest. Those with the most creative decorations will be judged and prizes will be given.
  • Drive-in Movie & Car Decorating Contest |Thursday, October 22, movie begins at 8 PM, parking lot opens at 7:15 PM | Located at the Convention Center Roof Top Parking at Washington Avenue and 20 Street, $10 per vehicle

Drive-Thru Trick or Treat
Jump in your vehicle with your little supermans or witches and make your way over to the Scott Rakow Youth Center for our drive-thru trick or treating and haunted house avenue!
  • Drive-thru Trick or Treat Street & Haunted Avenue | Saturday, October 31 from 3:30 PM - 5 PM & 6:30 PM - 8 PM |Scott Rakow Youth Center, $5 per vehicle
  • From 3:30 PM - 5 PM (for children ages 3-5): Journey through our drive-thru "Trick or Treat Street" at the Scott Rakow Youth Center parking lot where children ages 3-5 will be greeted by their favorite characters and receive candy.
  • From 6:30 PM - 8 PM (for children ages 6-17): Enter if you dare! Wear your favorite scary costume as you drive through our Haunted Avenue at the Scott Rakow Youth Center parking lot.

Pre-sale tickets for the drive-in movie and the drive-thru trick or treating will be sold starting Wednesday, October 14 at 10 a.m., limited tickets will be sold at: register.miamibeachparks.com.

View all events and share with your friends on Facebook here. Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. Above we've created several safer, alternative ways to participate! Learn more from the CDC here.
Celebrate Orgullo
As part of Hispanic Heritage Month you’re invited to celebrate the 10th Annual ‘Celebrate Orgullo’ festival this weekend.

Events are happening virtually all weekend long!

You will have the chance to explore how unity in diversity can inspire us — through Art, Music, Rhythm & Self-Expression.

Click here to view the full line-up of events.
Condo Workshop
Learn about condominium elections, city services for condo residents, official records and get certified to become a board member.

The virtual workshop is hosted by the City of Miami Beach and presented by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations, Division of Condominiums Bureau of Compliance.

Monday, October 19
4 PM

Election Season
With election day less than a month away, it's time to get ready! Visit our City webpage for more information on the November 3 General Election and view our bilingual Voter's Guide with information on the six city questions that will be on the ballot.

Early voting will begin October 19 through November 1 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can vote early at any Miami-Dade County Early Voting site, including the two sites located in the City of Miami Beach:
  • Miami Beach City Hall (First Floor Conference Room) | 1700 Convention Center Drive
  • North Shore Branch Library | 7501 Collins Avenue

The deadline to request a Vote-by-Mail Ballot is 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 24. To view important dates and deadlines, click here.

It is our civic duty to vote in not just national elections but, on the local level too! Make your voices be heard and vote.

Click here to view the voter's guide video in Spanish.
COVID-19 Testing

The COVID-19 active virus test and antigen tests (“rapid tests”) continue to be offered at the Miami Beach Convention Center. This antigen test is a nasal swab test with results reported to the patient within 4 hours or less. It is offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily or until the site reaches the maximum 350 daily allotted tests. 

The Miami Beach Convention Center testing facility is located on 17 Street and Convention Center Drive. The COVID-19 drive-thru and walk-up testing site is available daily, including weekends, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., except for Thursdays where the site closes at 3:30 p.m. Testing is available for ages 5 and up. Visit our 'Testing' tab to view detailed information on all testing locations, including testing at the Hard Rock Stadium and homebound testing and further details.
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).