Thursday, December 10, 2020
The City Manager has extended the city’s State of Emergency Declaration and Emergency Measures through December 16, 2020.

Whether you're staying home for the holidays or traveling, COVID-19 isn't invited to the celebrations! Remember to be proactive in washing hands regularly, wearing your mask and practicing social distancing. Don't bring COVID-19 home for the holidays.

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
Free COVID-19 Walk-Up Testing Available in North Beach
State Senator Jason Pizzo and Miami Beach Commissioner Micky Steinberg, in partnership with CDR Maguire: Disaster Health and Medical, have organized a FREE COVID-19 testing site Saturday, December 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at North Shore Branch Library (7501 Collins Avenue) to help slow the spread of the coronavirus in Miami Beach.

Saturday, December 12
9 AM - 1 PM
North Shore Branch Library | 7501 Collins Avenue

There is no pre-registration, no appointment and no physician referral necessary for this testing opportunity. Masks must be worn at the site and social distancing guidelines will be observed. Nasopharyngeal PCR tests are limited and will be conducted on a first come, first served basis to residents 18 years and older.
South Beach Food Distribution
Commissioner David Richardson's office will host their weekly food distribution Saturday, December 12 in South Beach.

Saturday, December 12
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
Healthy Together App
Floridians are working to slow the spread of COVID-19. We can work together to protect our family members, friends, health workers and our communities. The Healthy Together app delivers your results, assesses symptoms for positive cases, provides self service contact tracing, allows you to view latest trends and what to do after you've been tested for COVID-19.

Healthy Together App Features
  • Access your results: Use the app to securely view your COVID-19 test results.
  • Provide symptoms and contacts: Positive residents can provide symptoms to the state.
  • Learn what to do after you get tested: Get your test results and instructions for care.
  • Latest trends: Direct link to the Florida COVID-19 dashboard.

Users own their data and can delete the data at any time. The use of your data is limited to COVID-19 response efforts. No location data will be ever collected and stored.
Walk-Up Food Distribution
Commissioner David Richardson's office will host a walk-up food distribution on Tuesday, December 15 in South Beach.

Tuesday, December 15
9 AM - 10 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.
Fight the Spread
Fight the spread of COVID-19 in Miami-Dade County with your Bluetooth connection. CombatCOVID is a mobile application that uses Bluetooth to determine if your device is near another device whose owner has identified as COVID-19-positive so that you can get tested and keep safe. If you've tested COVID-19 positive, you can use CombatCOVID to discretely alert others to get tested without disclosing your identity.

With CombatCOVID, you can keep yourself and others safer while ensuring your privacy is protected.
  • No personal information is required
  • Information transmitted is encrypted
  • No GPS or location data is tracked

Learn more at and download the app today.
COVID-19 Testing
Drive-thru and walk-up COVID-19 testing continues on 17 Street and Convention Center Drive.

We encourage you to pre-register for the walk-up site by clicking here or make your appointment for the drive-thru site here.

Visit our 'Testing' tab to view detailed testing information.
General City Updates
Board of Adjustment Meeting
There will be a Board of Adjustment meeting hosted virtually tomorrow, December 11 at 9 a.m. via Zoom here: 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 841 3383 4919. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.
Virtual Ribbon Cutting: Collins Parks
Please join the City of Miami Beach virtually to celebrate the opening of the city's newest parking facility -- Collins Park Garage. This long awaited project will also feature retail space on the ground level and the creation of a pedestrian plaza with the partial closure of Liberty Avenue between 22 - 23 streets.

Friday, December 11
3 PM

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event will be closed to the public and hosted virtually on the city's Facebook account. For more information on this event, please contact Vanessa Vázquez at 786.599.6543 or
Holiday Drive-Thru Village
Join us at our interactive and safe drive-thru Holiday Village filled with festival installations, Santa and Mrs. Claus, lights, seasonal songs, photo opportunities and much more.

Be transported to a holiday getaway and wear your favorite holiday gear as you make your way through our magical village.

Saturday, December 12
6 PM - 8:30 PM
Scott Rakow Youth Center

Purchase your tickets at, limited tickets are available, no refunds or credits.
Gingerbread House Decorating Contest
This holiday season, we want to see how creative your gingerbread homes can be!

Break out the ingredients and gather everyone in your house to create the best gingerbread home for the Miami Beach Parks and Recreation first ever Gingerbread House Competition.

Submit a photo to of your gingerbread home by 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 17 to be considered. Staff will then select the top gingerbread homes and the photos will be up on for public voting. Voting will be open from Friday, December 18 through Tuesday, December 22.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday, December 23, we can't wait to see your creativity!
FDOT Five-Year Work Program
Learn about bout the Florida Department of Transportation's District Six, tentative Five-Year Work Program during their upcoming virtual Public Hearing.

Monday, December 14
6 PM to 7:30 PM

To attend the Miami-Dade County Virtual (online) Public Hearing from your computer, tablet or smartphone please register using the link below: 

Participants can also call in at 914.614.3221, access code: 225 276 715
Virtual Sustainachella
This year, give your holidays that extra green touch! 

Learn about making homemade products using natural ingredients and how to wrap gifts creatively and sustainably.

Tuesday, December 15
12 PM - 1 PM

Register today to obtains access to the Zoom meeting, here.
Proposed Changes to the Weekend Schedule of the 63 Street Bridge
The U.S. Coast Guard's (USCG) has proposed a new schedule for weekend openings of the 63 Street bascule bridge. The USCG conducted a review of the current weekend opening schedule and found that a change in the drawbridge schedule during weekends may better serve the needs of vehicular traffic while ensuring the reasonable needs of navigation are maintained. Currently, the bridge opens on demand on weekends.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. on December 14, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. on June 11, 2021, the bridge will operate on a new weekend schedule to test the general operations of navigation and vehicular traffic. The proposed weekend schedule is as follows:
  • From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays, the drawbridge will open on the hour and half-hour (only if there is demand), except on federal holidays when the bridge will operate on demand.

Currently, the drawbridge schedule includes the following restrictions which will remain in effect:
  • From 7:10 a.m. to 9:55 a.m. and from 4:05 p.m. to 6:59 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays, the bridge will not open for passage of vessels, except emergency vessels or tug and tow vessels.
  • In February of each year, seven days prior to the City of Miami Beach Yacht and Brokerage Show and the four days following the show, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the bridge will open for 10 minutes at the top of each hour. The bridge would follow normal schedule outside of those times.

An extension of the proposed weekend schedule beyond June 11, 2021 is subject to USCG review and approval. The City's Transportation Department staff will monitor the weekend operations of the bridge to gauge its impact on vehicular traffic.
Winter Camp with MB Parks
Beginning December 21 through December 31, the Miami Beach Parks and Recreation Department will host a winter camp and camp for tots.

Winter Camp
Monday - Friday | 9 AM to 5 PM | Camp Locations: Flamingo Park, Scott Rakow Youth Center and North Shore Park Youth Center

Camp for Tots
Monday - Friday | 9 AM to 1 PM | Camp Location: South Pointe Park

Each camp is $165 for Miami Beach residents only. Register now at
Winter Camp
Camp for Tots
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.

Join via Zoom:

Learn more and view the family application here:
Application deadline: January 4, 2021

Eligible Pre-K families are invited to partake in one of the following sessions*
  • 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)
North Beach CRA Redevelopment Plan Public Meeting
Join the City of Miami Beach for an update on the North Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (NBCRA) Redevelopment Plan. City staff along with the consultant will provide more details on the planning process.

Tuesday, December 15
5:30 PM

Join the meeting using the following link:

Via phone: 312.626.6799 or 888.475.4499 (toll free)
Webinar ID: 847 0071 6304
Run with Ricky
Join Commissioner Ricky Arriola on Sunday, December 20 for a Run with Ricky! Get outside, meet your commissioner and enjoy a run throughout our neighborhood.

Sunday, December 20
10 AM

Location start/end: Muscle Beach | 873 Ocean Drive
Stay Informed
Visit our dedicated, city-related coronavirus webpage at 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 Or connect with us through social media via email, Nextdoor, Facebook, Twitter and via text message (text MBAlert to 888777).