Tuesday, November 24, 2020
With Thanksgiving only a couple days away, we want to remind all that just because the holidays have arrived, does not mean COVID-19 has disappeared. As part of our efforts to curb the spread of the virus, Miami Beach PD will be handing out masks in our commercial districts to those not wearing a facial covering. If anyone refuses, citations will be issued.

Now, more than ever, it is vital that we take care of ourselves and our loved ones by practicing social distancing and wearing a mask.

We want you to eat, drink, be thankful and COVID-19 free!

Please note: We ask that you place your garbage out on Thanksgiving Day prior to 7 a.m. and if you have a gate, please make sure it is unlocked so that our Sanitation crews can quickly pick up your trash and make it home to their own families for the holiday.

Read more on the city's efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 below as well as general city updates.

COVID-19 Updates

Message from the Mayor
View today's message from Mayor Dan Gelber below and read it in Spanish here.

North Beach Food Distribution
Commissioner David Richardson's office will host their weekly food distribution tomorrow, November 25 in North Beach.

Wednesday, November 25
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
COVID-19 Testing
Drive-thru and walk-up COVID-19 testing continues at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

*UPDATE*: Please note, the drive-thru testing site at the Miami Beach Convention Center will be open on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26) from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. only.

As a reminder, the walk-up site will be closed on that day. On Friday, November 27, the drive-thru site will resume their normal operating hours of 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the walk-up site will also be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We encourage you to pre-register for the walk-up site by clicking here or make your appointment for the drive-thru site here. The Miami Beach Convention Center testing site is located on 17 Street and Convention Center Drive. Visit our 'Testing' tab to view detailed information on all testing locations.
General City Updates
Miami Beach, You’ve Been GOBBLED!
Have you been gobbled? It's your turn to pay it forward. To spread appreciation throughout the month of November, the Miami Beach Parks and Recreation Department has been “Gobbling” over 150 families by leaving a kind note and a treat at their doorstep!

With a special treat and note letting you know you've been gobbled, all that we ask is that you pay it forward.

Show love to your neighbors this holiday season with a small treat and share with us your gobbled surprise through social media by tagging us online (Twitter, Facebook or Instagram) and using #MBParks.

You can print your own door hanger at home to gobble your neighbor here.
Peacock Relocation
Following multiple requests from the community, the city has begun a program to relocate peacock/peafowls from public property. These birds will be removed from the neighborhood and safely relocated to a sanctuary.

If you are experiencing peacocks within your neighborhood, please contact us at 305.673.7631
Miami Beach Hall of Fame
To recognize remarkable individuals that have made a lasting and significant impact on Miami Beach, the city is asking the public to nominate deserving individuals for the Miami Beach Hall of Fame. Nominations are being accepted now through November 30, 2020.

Selected Miami Beach Hall of Fame recipients are celebrated in the permanent honor hall, located on the south concourse wall of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Inductees will be honored with a plaque listing their accomplishments and a special ceremony to celebrate their achievements.

Eligible individuals must have been either born in Miami Beach, made Miami Beach his/her place of residence or business and/or had a positive and lasting impact on the community. Please click here to access the online application systemCompleted applications must be submitted in the online portal by November 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
MB Parks in Person Classes
Our recreation staff has brought back in-person classes to get you up and moving with yoga in the park, zumba and African dance & drums.
Free Yoga in the Park

Mondays & Wednesdays at 6 PM
Collins Park | 2100 Collins Avenue

Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6 PM
North Shore Park Bandshell | 7275 Collins Avenue

North Shore Park Youth Center
501 72 Street
M/W/Th/F at 6:30 PM
$6 residents
501 72 Street

Scott Rakow Youth Center
2700 Sheridan Avenue
Tue/Th at 10 AM
$6 residents
African Dance & Drums

North Shore Park Youth Center
501 72 Street
2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month
6:30 PM
$6 residents
FPL Information Meeting
Florida Power and Light Company (FPL) will host an informational virtual meeting on Tuesday, December 1 to discuss the Miami Beach/Alton/Venetian Substation and Underground Transmission Line project.

Tuesday, December 1
5:30 PM
To join the webinar, click here:
Or call in 877.853.5257 (Toll Free) or 888.475.4499 (Toll Free), the Webinar ID: 859 1117 6680
Native Plantings & Sustainable Landscape Virtual Roundtable
Ocean Conservancy is partnering with the American Society of Landscape Architects Florida Chapter for a robust discussion on the importance of native plant species selection and sustainable design in Florida landscape applications.

Through partnerships with the City of Miami and the City of Miami Beach under its Shores Forward initiative, Ocean Conservancy is working with local governments to make a difference for Florida's ocean and coasts. Miami Beach's very own Forestry Field Specialist, Harper Rose Martinez, will be joining in on this discussion.

Wednesday, December 2
2 PM - 3 PM
Register for the webinar here.
BERT Network Virtual Public Meetings
The Bus Express Rapid Transit (BERT) Network is a system of proposed express bus routes and new park-and-ride facilities throughout Miami-Dade County. The network will provide bus service on expressways that connect to and expand the reach of the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) Plan rapid transit corridors.

The Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) are hosting three virtual meeting opportunities to present the proposed BERT routes, the park and-ride facilities, and an interim bus-on-shoulder service along SR112/I-195/Julia Tuttle Causeway that is scheduled to begin in 2021.

Register in advance for the meeting that best fits your schedule at miamidade.gov/virtual-meetings. Click the Departmental Meetings Calendar and select the meeting you wish to attend.

The virtual public meetings are:
  • Wednesday, December 2 at 6 PM
  • Friday, December 4 at 12 PM
  • Saturday, December 5 at 10 AM

The information presented at each meeting will be the same and each presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. For more information, visit miamismartplan.com or please contact the Public Information Officer by telephone at 786.476.2852
Special Commission Meeting
There will be a Special Commission meeting hosted virtually Friday, December 4 at 9 a.m. via Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82541814318 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 825 4181 4318. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.
Pre-K Program Sessions
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. We will host four informational sessions in English and in Spanish in the month of December.

Learn more and view the family application here: www.miamibeachfl.gov/prek
Application deadline: January 4, 2021

Eligible Pre-K families are invited to partake in one of the following sessions*
  • Tuesday, December 8 | 6 PM – 7 PM (English) | 7 PM – 8 PM (Español)
  • Wednesday, December 9 | 11 AM – 12 PM  (English) | 12 PM – 1 PM (Español)
  • Tuesday, December 15 | 11 AM – 12 PM (English) | 12 PM – 1 PM (Español)
  • Thursday, December 17 | 11 AM – 12 PM  (English) | 12 PM – 1 PM (Español)
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).