Thursday, October 15, 2020
Today, the City Manager amended Phase 3 Emergency Measures to be consistent with the County's Emergency Order 30-20, as amended, and the Governor's Executive Order 20-244.

Effective October 16, 2020, this amendment deletes the requirement that businesses consent to inspections and submit compliance plans after violating this Order.

Reminder, the Countywide curfew is in effect daily from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.
Traffic Advisory - Tonight!
There will be a complete closure of the MacArthur Causeway (I-395), both eastbound and westbound starting tonight at approximately 7 p.m. through 11 p.m. due to an event with the President in the City of Miami. 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
UPDATE: 2020 Census Deadline
Today, October 15, is the LAST DAY to complete the 2020 Census.

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
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. tomorrow, October 16. Anyone who applied for Phase I of the program will be able to apply again. Click here for more information.
Virtual Culture
Innovative hybrid orchestra, Nu Deco Ensemble, announced their new EP, Nu Deco Ensemble + Cimafunk: Live in Miami. Released on October 9, the EP finds the genre-bending ensemble and noted AfroCubanFunk artist joining forces for an explosive live music experience combining funk, Afrobeat and orchestral sounds. “Collaborating with the incomparable Cimafunk was a phenomenal experience, as his talent and versatility have no boundaries,” shares Nu Deco Ensemble co-founder and artistic director, Sam Hyken. 

“This marks a continuation of our special relationship with the music and musicians of Cuba, and we are thrilled to share this special evening with the world as part of the Nu deco+ series.” Nu Deco Ensemble + Cimafunk: Live in Miami is the first installment of the Nu Deco Ensemble+ Series—an ongoing collection of archived recordings performed in various venues throughout South Florida including the North Beach Bandshell. Learn more in this week's virtual Arts & Culture guide here.
South Beach Food Distribution
Feeding South Florida and Commissioner David Richardson will host their weekly food distribution Saturday, October 17 in South Beach.

Saturday, October 17
9 AM - 11 AM
2100 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
North Beach Walk-Up Food Distribution
Commissioner David Richardson will host a walk-up food distribution on Tuesday, October 20 in North Beach.

Tuesday, October 20
9 AM - 11 AM
7501 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL
(Behind the Library)

The food distribution is on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. We encourage you to bring your cart as the food box weigh 35lbs. Everyone must wear a face covering that completely covers the nose and the mouth. If you do not have a face mask, one will be provided.
General City Updates
Election Season
With election day less than three weeks 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.
Neighborhood & Quality of Life Committee Meeting
The Neighborhood and Quality of Life Committee will meet Monday, October 19 at 8:30 a.m. virtually via Zoom here: 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 312.626.6799 or 888.475.4499 (toll free).  The Webinar ID is 863 5403 2853. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.
Land Use & Sustainability Meeting
The Land Use and Sustainability Committee will meet Tuesday, October 20 at 8 a.m. virtually via Zoom here: 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 852 3757 0188. 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 | Tomorrow, 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:

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.
Condo Workshop
Learn about condominium elections, city services for condo residents, official records and get certified to become a board member.

Monday, October 19
4 PM

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. To register visit:
West Avenue Neighborhood Enhancement
The West Avenue Neighborhood Enhancement Virtual Presentation is now available online at

Visit the project page to view and download the virtual presentation. Please send us your initial questions and comments on this video’s content via the comment form on the page.

Please submit all questions and comments via the contact form located on the project page by Sunday, October 25 at 5 p.m. Click here to learn more.
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 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 Or connect with us through social media via email, Nextdoor, Facebook, Twitter and via text message (text MBAlert to 888777).