Friday, October 23, 2020
We continue to provide our residents and businesses with the latest updates from the City of Miami Beach during this pandemic. Read the latest news and updates below.

COVID-19 Updates

Message from the Mayor
View today's message from Mayor Dan Gelber below and read it in Spanish here.
COVID-19 Testing
The State of Florida has decided to close the drive-thru testing at the Miami Beach Convention Center, but Miami-Dade County has agreed to continue to keep the testing up and running for the community. Drive thru testing is currently unavailable, we expect it to reopen mid week, stay tuned for updates.

In the meantime, the walk up line will continue to provide the rapid test, but Miami Beach residents will be served through the mobile unit on site. The testing will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

The Miami Beach Convention Center testing facility is located on 17 Street and Convention Center Drive. Visit our 'Testing' tab to view detailed information on all testing locations.
South Beach Food Distribution
Feeding South Florida and Commissioner David Richardson will host their weekly food distribution tomorrow, October 24 in North Beach.

Saturday, October 24
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 www.miamibeachfl.gov/food
Walk-Up Food Distribution
Commissioner David Richardson will host a walk-up food distribution on Tuesday, October 27 in South Beach.

Tuesday, October 27
9 AM - 11 AM
South Shore Community Center
833 6 Street
Miami Beach, FL

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.
North Beach Food Distribution
South Florida Seniors in Action and Commissioner David Richardson will host their weekly food distribution on Wednesday, October 28 in North Beach.

Wednesday, October 28
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
Election Season
With election day less than two weeks away, it's time to get to the polls! 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 is underway now 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. this 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.
National Take Back Day
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is happening tomorrow, October 24, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

You can drop off your unwanted medications at:
  • Miami Beach PD HQ | 1100 Washington Avenue
  • NoBe Substation | 6840 Indian Creek Drive

For more information visit: www.DEATakeBack.com
Seniors Affairs Committee Meeting
The Seniors Affairs Committee will meet Monday, October 26 at 9:30 a.m. virtually via Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84296400067 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 842 9640 0067. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.
Mondays with Micky
Join Commissioner Micky Steinberg for a conversation with our Inspector General Joseph Centorino on Monday, October 26 at 6 p.m. during a virtual Mondays with Micky.

Monday, October 26
6 PM

To join the webinar, click here:

Or call-in 301.715.8592 or 888.475.4499 (Toll Free), the Webinar ID is 859 3549 1028.
Planning Board Meeting
The Planning Board will meet Tuesday, October 27 at 9 a.m. virtually via Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84269087061 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 842 6908 7061. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.
Miami Beach Pre-K Program Information Session
The City of Miami Beach is launching a Prekindergarten (Pre-K) Pilot Program for the 2021-2022 School year that will provide eligible Miami Beach Families with a Pre-K Stipend of $2,700.

*Eligible Pre-K Providers are invited to partake in one of the information sessions being offered on how your organization can register to participate in this program.

  • Wednesday, October 28 | 11 AM
  • Friday, October 30 | 11 AM
  • Thursday, November 5 | 11 AM

Zoom webinar link: https://bit.ly/2T91dqK
Meeting ID: 574 796 9101 | Passcode: 2oyB5P
Or by telephone: 929.205.6099 | Passcode: 401682

Provider application: www.miamibeachfl.gov/prekprovider
Special Commission Meeting
There will be a Special Commission meeting being hosted virtually on Wednesday, October 28 at 4 p.m. via Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89243310901 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 892 4331 0901. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.
Veterans Day Celebration
We are calling all residents that have served in our nation's armed forces to send in photographs or short video clips sharing their memories of service to incorporate in the city's special Veterans Day tribute video.

Email photo and videos to communications@miamibeachfl.gov
Subject line: Virtual Veterans Day
By: Friday, October 30

Please be sure to identify the Miami Beach resident who served.
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.

Limited tickets are available for the drive-in movie and the drive-thru trick or treating events, they're being 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.
Miami Beach Virtual Salsa Festival
Commissioner Michael Gongora will be hosting the virtual Miami Beach Salsa festival on Saturday, November 7.

Saturday, November 7
7:30 PM

This event is in support of the Miami Beach elderly community and is in partnership with the non-profit organization South Florida Seniors in Action. Melina Almodóvar “La Muñeca de la Salsa”, will present the seventh edition of the virtual festival from our very own North Beach Bandshell. Learn more about the event here and watch live on Melina's Facebook page here.
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).