Tuesday, December 15, 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

Message from the Mayor
View today's message from Mayor Dan Gelber below and read it in Spanish here.
COVID-19 Municipality Housing Assistance Program
Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, December 18, 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.
North Beach Food Distribution
Commissioner David Richardson's office will host their weekly food distribution in North Beach tomorrow, December 16.

Wednesday, December 16
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
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 miamidade.gov/combatcovid 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
Neighborhood & Quality of Life Committee Meeting
There will be a Neighborhood & Quality of Life committee meeting hosted virtually Wednesday, December 16 at 8:30 a.m. via Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81268362506 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 841 3383 4919. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.
Conversation with Interim City Manager
Commissioner Góngora is hosting a conversation with Interim City Manager Raul Aguila and Interm City Attorney Rafael Paz on Thursday, December 17. Join in for a virtual Q&A.

Thursday, December 17
4 PM

Or via telephone 301.715.8592 or 888.475.4499 (toll free), Webinar ID: 879 8511 2802
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 recreation@miamibeachfl.gov 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 www.miamibeachparks.com 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!
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. Don't miss out on the last informational session in English and in Spanish.

Thursday, December 17 | 11 AM – 12 PM  (English) | 12 PM – 1 PM (Español)

Join via Zoom: https://bit.ly/2T91dqK

Learn more and view the family application here: www.miamibeachfl.gov/prek
Application deadline: January 4, 2021
Letters to Santa
Miami Beach Parks & Recreation is teaming up with Santa's elves to help make sure your letters get to the North Pole.

Santa's mailboxes will be at the following locations daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
  • Muss Park | 4300 Chase Avenue
  • Flamingo Park | 999 11 Street
  • North Shore Park | 501 72 Street
  • Scott Rakow Youth Center | 2700 Sheridan Avenue

Drop off your letters no later than Thursday, December 24.

You can also email your letter to Santa at MBKidsLetterstoSanta@miamibeachfl.gov.
Finance & Economic Resiliency Committee Meeting
There will be a Finance and Economic Resiliency committee meeting hosted virtually on Friday, December 18 at 8 a.m. via Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89485690799 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 894 8569 0799. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.
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
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 is $165 for Miami Beach residents only. Register now at register.miamibeachparks.com.
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).