Tuesday, October 6, 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.
Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The application period for round two of the Miami-Dade Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is now 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 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.
North Beach Drive-Thru Food Distribution
South Florida Seniors in Action and Commissioner David Richardson will host a drive-thru food distribution tomorrow, October 7.

Wednesday, October 7
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
In-Person After School Program
The City of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation will be opening a limited number of after school slots for the 2020-2021 school year on a first-come, first-served basis.

Enrollment is for Miami Beach residents that attend a Miami Beach school.

Please note the program will now begin on Monday, October 12 for all grade levels. The program will be Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for grades K-12. Residents: $631/Grades 6th - 12th: Free

Registration begins tomorrow, October 7 at 10 a.m. at register.miamibeachparks.com

Please note, all registration dates and procedures may be subject to change.
Let's Go Back-to-School
Miami-Dade Public Schools has reopened their doors for students and we want to wish all parents and students a safe and fun school year.

As our neighborhood children head back to school, we'd like to remind all drivers making their way through school zones of the following:
  • Remain alert at all times
  • Put your cellphone down, no texting
  • Always obey school zone speed limit signs
  • Drop off and pick up your children in your school's designated areas, not the middle of the street
  • Look out for children gathered at bus stops

Uniforms can be quite boring, but we know your kids are showing off their personalities with their masks. Share with us a 'maskie' as they head back to school on social media. Don't forget to tag the City on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #MaskUpMiamiBeach.

Low Cost Internet
Atlantic Broadband is offering low cost internet to assist qualified households in providing students with access to the internet for online learning. For more information click here or call 855.594.1249. To view the flyer in Spanish, click here.
CARES Act Applications Reopen
Miami-Dade County and United Way of Miami-Dade have reopened the Miami-Dade Pandemic Assistance Program to provide hard-working individuals and families with emergency assistance and relief during the coronavirus pandemic. The program, funded from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), aims to help ALICE* (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Relief funds can be used for basic living expenses such as food, utilities, childcare, medical expenses and rental assistance among others.

Miami-Dade County residents can apply for one-time assistance via apply.unitedwaymiami.org/submit. The application will close automatically once the maximum number of applications is received in order to exhaust the remaining funds available. Only first-time applicants will be considered. For more information, you can visit unitedwaymiami.org/coronavirusresources.
Mask Up Miami Beach
We urge everyone to wear a mask, continue practicing social distancing and meticulously wash hands regularly.

Free masks are being provided at all Miami-Dade Public Libraries.
General City Updates
We Need Your Feedback
Below are two different surveys which the city is conducting to receive feedback from our community.

Flood Mitigation Questionnaire
The City of Miami Beach is exploring the development of a private property adaptation program to reduce the risk of damage from flooding due to storms, high tides, and sea level rise.
 
We want to understand your experience with flooding and your interest in various options. Click here to take this short five-minute questionnaire and we encourage you to share with your neighbors.

41 Street Corridor Revitalization Project
On October 1, AECOM joined the City of Miami Beach to present two different preliminary schematic design options for local residents and business owners to review for the 41 Street Corridor Revitalization Project. Click here to visit the project page where you can watch the full presentation on the 41 Street Streetscape Design Scheme presentation, download the presentation in PDF and submit your feedback via a survey.

Be sure to review both schematic designs carefully before you submit your preference. Survey responses and written feedback will be accepted through Thursday, October 8.
Election Season
With elections 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.
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
Get Moving with Parks & Rec
Our recreation leaders have put together free virtual classes you can take at any time from anywhere. From tai chi to yoga and basketball drills, get a great workout in!

To view all classes being offered, click here:
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Basketball Drills
  • Dance Fusion
  • Chair Aerobics
  • Football Drills

No matter your fitness level, you can follow along at your own pace.
COVID-19 & Antibody Testing

The COVID-19 active virus test and antigen tests (“rapid tests”) will 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.
Plasma Donation
As the number of COVID-19 infections rise in Florida, hospitals are facing critical shortages of convalescent plasma for treatment.

The University of Miami Health System is working with OneBlood to collect convalescent plasma to use for a potential treatment option for patients with COVID-19.

Who can participate in this study?
A donor must be over 18 years old, have confirmed COVID-19 documents by a laboratory test, or history suggestive of resolved COVID-19 like illness. Participants must also have complete resolution of symptoms at least 28 days before donation and not participated in any COVID vaccine trials for at least the past 12 months.

For more information on the donation process, contact Tom Tanner at 305.243.5621 or via email at ttanner@med.miami.edu

Transfusing the plasma that contains the antibodies into a person still fighting the virus can provide a boost to the patient’s immune system and potentially help them recover. Click here to learn more on how you can donate today.
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).