Thursday, December 17, 2020
The City Manager has extended the city’s State of Emergency Declaration and Emergency Measures through December 23, 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
Grocery Gift Card Giveaway
We're hosting a Grocery Gift Card giveaway for residents who have experienced financial hardship and food insecurity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

One thousand eligible residents will each receive $100 Publix gift cards on a first-come, first-served basis (while supplies last) on Tuesday, December 22 at:
  • 9 AM at Miami Beach Police Department Headquarters, 1130 Washington Avenue
  • 3 PM at the North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Avenue

Five hundred gift cards will be distributed at each location. Click here to view program requirements and here to download and fill out the application.

COVID-19 Municipality Housing Assistance Program
Update: Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. tomorrow, December 18

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. 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.
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.
South Beach Food Distribution
Commissioner David Richardson's office will host their weekly food distribution in South Beach on Saturday, December 19.

Saturday, December 19
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
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. The walk-up site will be closed on December 24 and December 25.
General City Updates
Finance & Economic Resiliency Committee Meeting
There will be a Finance and Economic Resiliency committee meeting hosted virtually tomorrow, 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.

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.
Virtual Culture
The New World Symphony (NWS) is celebrating the 2020 holiday season with a special online experience of its annual Sounds of the Season concert! 

It’s 100% cheer as the NWS Fellows perform seasonal favorites while decked out in their finest and funniest holiday costumes. 

This year, Sounds of the Season will be presented virtually on MBTV:
  • Sunday, December 20 at 7 PM
  • Thursday, December 24 at 6 PM
  • Friday, December 25 at 6 PM
  • Sunday, December 27 at 6 PM
  • Wednesday, December 30 at 1 PM

Click here to view other cultural happening's in this week's arts and culture guide.
Fire Cadets
Are your teens interested in a career as a Firefighter? The Miami Beach Fire and Parks & Recreation departments have teamed up for the new Fire Cadet program!

Coursework includes a physical and academic portion with hands-on training in first aid, fire prevention and firefighting skills.

The program begins on January 17, 2021 through May 15, 2021 and is open the Miami Beach high school students in grades 9 - 12.

Classes will be held on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration fee is $150 with a monthly $20 fee. Register now at register.miamibeachparks.com.
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.
Alef-Bet Game
The Consulate General of Israel in Miami is providing an opportunity for South Floridians to learn or broaden their knowledge about the Hebrew language through a game it launched!

For the Alef-Bet Game, which is ongoing through February 1, the consulate has scattered Hebrew alphabet letters at locations throughout South Florida, including in some of our very own parks facilities.

Participants can find the alphabets, scan their QR codes on their mobile devices, like them on social media and have chances to win prizes such as a boat ride, breakfast for two or t-shirts. Each letter has a different value of points. Here's a hint for you, there may be some letters in city facilities! Visit them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@isrealinmiami)
Holiday Ride with MBFD
The Grinch has made the nice list this year and Santa invited him to tour Miami Beach before heading to the North Pole!

The Miami Beach Fire Department will escort Santa and the Grinch around the city in our big red sleigh.

Thursday, December 24
11AM

The route will be citywide, beginning at 41 Street, click here to view turn by turn route information. When you hear the engines coming, step outside and say hello!
63 Street Bridge
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has proposed a new schedule for weekend openings of the 63 Street bascule bridge and we need your comments, please provide them here.
 
The City of Miami Beach previously approved a resolution, brought forth by Commissioner Steinberg, that urged the USCG to restrict the schedule of the 63 Street bridge to not open during morning peak hours or afternoon peak hours to reduce the impact to traffic flow. As a result of this request, the USCG looked into this and, after a thorough analysis, decided to make the proposed changes. In addition to these changes, USCG has proposed a new schedule for weekend openings of the 63 Street bascule bridge, which would eliminate weekend "on-demand" openings and restrict openings to the half hour and hour, only if there is demand to do so.
 
As of 12:01 a.m. on December 14 through 11:59 p.m. on June 11, 2021, the bridge is operating 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.
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).