Tuesday, February 9, 2021
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
Miami Beach Trolleys to Resume Service
The Miami Beach Trolley Service will resume operations on Monday, February 15 following an 11-month absence brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The citywide trolleys will operate at a reduced level of service with fewer hours and more frequent cleanings for the remainder of the year. All drivers will be required to undergo daily temperature checks and passengers and drivers must wear face masks while aboard trolleys, including boarding and disembarking. No more than 10 to 12 passengers will be permitted on each trolley at any given time.

The contractor hired by the city to operate the trolley service, will be given cleaning products approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to disinfect the interior of each vehicle as well as high-touch surfaces after completing each loop. The company will also be required to conduct a deep cleaning of every trolley using EPA-approved products at the end of every day. The city will provide hand sanitizer for use by passengers.

The citywide trolley service will operate 15 hours each day, seven days per week, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, please visit: www.miamibeachtrolley.com
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.

COVID-19 Vaccines
Miami-Dade County is working closely with hospital and healthcare partners, the Florida Department of Health, municipalities, and private partners to vaccinate members of our community against COVID-19 as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Appointments can be made through a scheduling tool, as more vaccines become available, at miamidade.gov/vaccine. The website is also available in Spanish at miamidade.gov/vacuna

For updated information about where vaccines are currently available and to answer frequently asked questions about the vaccine, please click here. This site will be updated frequently as new information becomes available. Visit our 'Vaccine' tab to view additional vaccine information.
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 discreetly 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.
North Beach Food Distribution
Commissioner David Richardson's office will host their weekly food distribution in North Beach tomorrow, February 10.

Wednesday, February 10
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
General City Updates
Town Hall with Vice Mayor Meiner
Vice Mayor Meiner will host a virtual Town Hall tonight, February 9 to discuss citywide police staffing, a Lummus Park activation plan, data-driven policy decisions, the Seagull Hotel, saving palm trees, a preview of the February 10 Commission Meeting and a Q&A with him.

Tuesday, February 9
5:30 PM

Or by telephone: 929.205.6099 or 888.475.4499 (toll free). The Webinar ID is 898 8174 9818.
Commission Meeting
There will be a Commission Meeting hosted virtually on Wednesday, February 10 at 8:30 a.m. via Zoom here: https://miamibeachfl-gov.zoom.us/j/81392857671. 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 813 9285 7671. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.
Town Hall for the Miami Beach City Manager Search
There will be a Town Hall for the Miami Beach City Manager Search hosted virtually on Thursday, February 11 at 4 p.m. via Zoom here: https://miamibeachfl-gov.zoom.us/j/85116743692. 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 929.205.6099 or 888.475.4499 (toll free).  The Webinar ID is 851 1674 3692. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.
Valentine Grams
The Parks and Recreation team wants to help you spread love to your valentine!

Send your sweetheart or friend some love this season with a Valentine gram. Small and deluxe gift baskets made by our entrepreneurship Teen Club program will be available for sale ranging from $10 to $15. Quantities are limited and available for sale on register.miamibeachparks.com

Deliveries will take place on February 12 to Miami Beach households only.
Miami Beach Hall of Fame
The City of Miami Beach has extended the nomination deadline as we seek deserving individuals that have made a lasting and significant impact in our community for the Miami Beach Hall of Fame! The deadline to submit nominations is Tuesday, March 23, 2021.
 
Nominees come from all walks of life and have made distinguished achievements across a variety of fields, including arts, architecture, design, science, athletics, business, and community leadership.
 
The Miami Beach Hall of Fame is designed to honor up to five distinguished leaders annually in the following categories:
  • Artist/Architect/Designer/Scientist
  • Athlete
  • Business Leader
  • Civic Leader
  • Family Legacy

Click here to download the full application, learn more and submit a local leader today!
Free Tax Preparation Services on Miami Beach
Recognized as a best practice site by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for its fast and reliable tax preparation program, the City of Miami Beach will once again offer free income tax preparation services now through April 15, 2021 for households or individuals earning up to $57,000 annually per household.
 
Tax preparation services will be offered Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays via appointment only in the Office of Housing and Community Services, located at 555 17 Street. Appointments can be made now through the end of tax season by calling 305.673.7491. Special services are offered to taxpayers with limited English skills or disabilities.
 
Residents are reminded to bring the following documentation:
  • Valid government-issued identification card;
  • Social Security card for all persons declared as dependents on the tax return;
  • All 2020 W-2s and information for other income;
  • Bank account information for direct deposit of refund
  • Forms 1095-A, B or C (ACA Statements);
  • Total paid to day care providers and their tax ID number, if applicable;
  • Birth dates for everyone listed on the return, including spouses and/or dependents;
  • Copy of last year's tax return; and
  • Identity theft PIN, if applicable.
Free GED & ESOL Classes
The City of Miami Beach is once again funding one class of either ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) or GED (General Educational Development, available in English or Spanish) for Miami Beach residents.

Classes are offered virtually by the Miami Beach Adult and Community Education Center, and are offered Monday through Thursday in the morning, afternoon or evening.

Residents much register online at www.miamibeachadult.com. When promoted, enter your City of Miami Beach address to be awarded the $30 cost of class. Only addresses with zip codes 33139, 33140 or 33141 will be eligible. If you have any questions, please call 305.531.0451 to speak to a Registration Specialist for assistance.
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).