Tuesday, December 1, 2020
We continue to provide our residents and businesses with the latest updates from the City of Miami Beach during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the latest news and updates below.

COVID-19 Updates
COVID-19 Municipality Housing Assistance Program
Deadline to apply is Wednesday, December 9, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent economic impact, Miami-Dade County created the Municipality Housing Assistance Program (HAP) using CARES Act Funds.

The City of Miami Beach will be providing funding, which will be administered by the County, to relieve the financial burden of tenants and homeowners who have lost income due to COVID-19 and keep Miami Beach residents in their homes to support a strong recovery. The program is designed to support tenants and homeowners with up to six (6) months or $6,000 of past due mortgage or rental assistance. Funds will be paid directly to the landlord or mortgage lender in the form of a grant by Miami-Dade County, which must be used solely to provide rent or mortgage forgiveness in the same amount to eligible tenants or homeowners. This program is separate from the Miami-Dade County Residential Landlord/Tenant Rental Assistance Program and the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). Applicants can and should apply for both programs, but cannot receive duplicate aid for the same month(s).
 
Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online at www.miamidadecovidrelief.org to ensure prompt processing of their application and avoid the need to physically drop off the application and documentation. Click here to view additional details, including eligibility requirements. It is expected that at least 33 needy Miami Beach families will be able to be assisted through this program.
 
Programa Municipal de Asistencia de Vivienda para Personas Afectadas por la Pandemia
La fecha límite para aplicar es el miércoles, 9 de diciembre de 2020

En noviembre de 2020, en respuesta a la pandemia COVID-19 y su posterior impacto económico, Miami-Dade creó el Programa Municipal de Asistencia a la Vivienda (HAP) utilizando los fondos de la Ley CARES. 

La Ciudad de Miami Beach proveerá fondos, administrado por el Condado, para aliviar la carga financiera de los inquilinos y propietarios de viviendas que han perdido ingresos debido al COVID-19 y mantener a los residentes de Miami Beach en sus hogares para apoyar una recuperación sólida. El programa está diseñado para ayudar a los inquilinos y propietarios de viviendas con hasta seis (6) meses o $6,000 de hipoteca vencida o alquiler. Los fondos se pagarán directamente al propietario o al prestamista hipotecario en forma de subvención del condado de Miami-Dade, que debe utilizarse únicamente para proporcionar la condonación del alquiler o la hipoteca por la misma cantidad a los inquilinos o propietarios elegibles. Este programa es independiente del Programa de Asistencia de Alquiler para Propietarios / Inquilinos del Condado de Miami-Dade y del Programa de Asistencia de Emergencia para el Alquiler (ERAP). Los solicitantes pueden y deben solicitar ambos programas, pero no pueden recibir ayuda por duplicado para los mismos meses.

Se recomienda a los solicitantes que presenten su solicitud en línea en www.miamidadecovidrelief.org para garantizar el rápido procesamiento de su solicitud. En este enlace, se pueden encontrar detalles adicionales, incluyendo los requisitos de elegibilidad. Se espera que un minimo de 33 familias necesitadas de Miami Beach podran hacer asistidas a traves de este programa.
North Beach Food Distribution
Commissioner David Richardson's office will host their weekly food distribution tomorrow, December 2 in North Beach.

Wednesday, December 2
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.

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 testing information.
General City Updates
Town Hall with Commissioner Arriola
Join Commissioner Ricky Arriola for a virtual Town Hall meeting to discuss the future of Sunset Harbour. The meeting will be held tonight, December 1 at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, December 1
6 PM

To participate, join via webinar: https://miamibeachfl-gov.zoom.us/j/89802033813

Or call in 877.853.5257 (toll free), Webinar ID: 898 0203 3813.
You're Invited to Miami Beach Art Week!
Museums, galleries, theatres and other spaces, both public and private, have joined together this week to present exhibitions, installations and performances across the city that reflect Miami Beach’s diversity as well as its reputation as a cultural capital that bridges the Americas during Miami Beach Art Week!

The City of Miami Beach Legacy Purchase Program returns, further strengthening the city’s relationship with Art Basel Miami Beach. During this year’s OVR: Miami Beach residents are once again invited to vote on the purchase of a work of world-class art for the city’s Art in Public Places (“AiPP”) Collection.

Miami New Drama will present an outdoor theatrical experience, Seven Deadly Sins, across seven storefronts along Miami Beach’s historic Lincoln Road. With works ranging from monumental sculpture, neon, to sound and video, and participatory artworks, Art Outside is a public art exhibition initiated by The Bass that offers residents and visitors the opportunity to see and experience a network of public artworks throughout Miami Beach. Also learn about our newest experience this year, No Vacancy, where you're invited to visit 10 of our hotels as we transformed them into our very own art spaces.

For a full line-up of this year's events/exhibits, visit our dedicated Art Week webpage.
Neighborhood and Quality of Life Committee Meeting
There will be a Neighborhood and Quality of Life Committee Building Department workshop hosted virtually tomorrow, December 2 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89561710681 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 895 6171 0681. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.
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 Beach and the City of Miami 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) is 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 on 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.
Movie in the Park
Enjoy a free holiday movie in the park with your friends and family courtesy of the Miami Beach Parks and Recreation Department!

Friday, December 4
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Movie: Abominable
South Pointe Park | 1 Washington Avenue

Sunday, December 20
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Movie: Dolittle
Muss Park | 4300 Chase Avenue

Bring a blanket and reserve your pod to safely enjoy the movie at a distance from other groups. Each group will have their own movie pod, maximum of 5 people per pod. Limited pods are available, reserve now at register.miamibeachparks.com.
Wasteful Weekend - New Location
On Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6, residents can drop off their bulk trash at one of our designated Wasteful Weekend locations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the first weekend of each month.
 
Free Bulk Drop-off Locations:
  • 140 MacArthur Causeway (Terminal Isle) *New location*
  • 75 Street and Dickens Avenue
 
Proof of Miami Beach residency is required (formal identification with a Miami Beach address and/or a utility bill accompanied by a photo identification). Please DO NOT dispose of chemical or hazardous materials, tires, paints, or car parts into the dumpsters.
Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off & Paper Shred-a-Thon
Need to safely dispose of your household hazardous chemicals and waste? Piles of paper and old mail stacking up? Help protect the environment and keep your home safe. Bring your used oil, fertilizers, old paint, insecticides, batteries, electronics, piles of paper and more!

Sunday, December 6
8 AM - 3 PM
40 Street and Chase Avenue (Behind the bank)

*Please note that for the safety of employees, the paper shredding truck will NOT operate if it is raining*

For a full list of accepted items, please visit: www.mbrisingabove.com/hhw
Pet Wellness/Licensing Event
In partnership with Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, we're bringing the mobile animal clinic to North Beach on Sunday, December 6.

Sunday, December 6
North Shore Branch Library
7501 Collins Avenue

There will be free rabies vaccinations, license tags available for purchase and more.

Services are available by appointment and space os limited. Please call 311 to schedule an appointment today.
Gift Wrapping Workshop
Join us via Facebook live for a gift wrapping workshop with the Miami Beach Parks & Recreation Department.

Learn the art of paper choice, crisp folds and perfect bows, as well as tips and tricks for the holidays. Let's get our wrapping on!

Sunday, December 6
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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)
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
Zumba

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
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).