Thursday, October 8, 2020
The City of Miami Beach is committed to keeping our residents, businesses and visitors informed as we navigate this global pandemic together. Read the latest information below on the city's efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 as well as general City updates.

COVID-19 Updates
In-Person After School Program
The City of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation opened a limited number of after school slots for the 2020-2021 school year yesterday on a first-come, first-served basis and 50% of the spots have been filled!

Don't wait, register today at: register.miamibeachparks.com

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

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

Please note, all registration dates and procedures may be subject to change.
Virtual Culture
In collaboration with Miami New Drama and featuring music by Nu Deco Ensemble, some of Miami New Drama’s most valued technicians and designers have joined forces to bring awareness to the entertainment industry and all of the artists and technicians currently out of work due to the pandemic.

Beginning Friday, October 9 until Sunday, October 11, every 30 minutes, between 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., the facade of Miami Beach’s historic Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road will be illuminated in a spectacular light show set to the rhythms of the Nu Deco Ensemble.
 
Learn more and view this week's Arts and Culture guide here.
Drive-Thru Food Distribution
Feeding South Florida and Commissioner David Richardson will host a drive-thru food distribution Saturday, October 10.

Saturday, October 10
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
South Beach Walk-Up Food Distribution
Commissioner David Richardson will host a walk-up food distribution on Tuesday, October 13 in South Beach.

Tuesday, October 13
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.
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.
Back-to-School Safety
As our neighborhood children are back in 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' on their way to school on social media. Don't forget to tag the City on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #MaskUpMiamiBeach.
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
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.
Community Conversation
Join Commissioners Michael Góngora and Micky Steinberg along with U.S. House of Representative Donna Shalala for a Miami Beach Community Conversation on Monday, October 12.

Monday, October 12
6 PM

To register in advance for this webinar, please visit: http://bit.ly/2GFUiCi

For more information, please call 305.668.2885
Historic Preservation Board Meeting
The Historic Preservation Board meeting will meet Tuesday, October 13 at 9 a.m. virtually via Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89999066738 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 899 9906 6738. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.
Town Hall with Commissioner Meiner
Join Commissioner Steven Meiner on Tuesday, October 13 at 5:30 p.m. for a virtual Town Hall meeting.

Discussions will include Lummus Park/Ocean Drive/Beach Activation, the 6 ballot questions, police initiatives, a preview of the Wednesday, October 13 Commission Meeting and a Q&A with the Commissioner.

Tuesday, October 13
5:30 PM

Join via webinar here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89771361696 or call-in at 301.715.8592 or 888.475.4499 (toll free), Webinar ID: 897 7136 1696.
Draft Seawall Ordinance
Virtual Meeting Recording
The City of Miami Beach held a virtual presentation on adapting private property seawalls to reduce flood risk. In case you missed the meeting, you can now view the full presentation along with additional information at MBRisingAbove.com/Seawalls, under the Draft Seawall Ordinance dropdown menu.
 
Please review the materials online and submit any comments or questions prior to Tuesday, October 13.
 
For more information, please contact Kevin Pulido, Neighborhood Affairs Manager at 786.568.6051 or via email at KevinPulido@miamibeachfl.gov
Commission Meeting
A Commission Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 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.
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.
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
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).