Tuesday, March 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
Message from the Mayor
View today's message from Mayor Dan Gelber below and his email here.
North Beach Food Distribution
Commissioner David Richardson's office will host their weekly food distribution in North Beach tomorrow, March 10.

Wednesday, March 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
Now Open: Miami-Dade County Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The new Miami-Dade County Emergency Rental Assistance Program 2.3 (ERAP 2.3) is still open for applications now through March 15 at 5 p.m.
 
This new program is similar to the previous rental relief phases and will provide emergency rental assistance to Miami-Dade County households experiencing financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. However, there are some differences.
 
Under ERAP 2.3:
  • The household must earn no more than 80 percent of the County Annual Area Median Income (AMI) with a preference for those earning no more than 50 percent of annual AMI.
  • Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of assistance to address back rent.
  • The amount of rental assistance will depend on the amount of unpaid rent and is based on the lesser of the monthly lease rent or up to $3,000 per month.
  • The application must be completed by the tenant, but landlords/owners are encouraged to contact the program by email at LandlordsERAP@miamidade.gov or by phone at 786.688.2440 to refer tenants who are behind in their rent. PHCD will make every effort to get landlords and tenants to work together to resolve problems.

To speak to a customer service representative for the ERAP 2.3, please call 305.723.1815 or email ERAP@miamidade.gov. The ERAP 2.3 application can be found here.
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 continues to work with hospital and healthcare 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. The site also includes information on federally-run and state-run vaccination locations as well as private locations (CVS Health, Publix, Walmart, Winn-Dixie and Fresco y Mas, etc).

For updated information about where vaccines are currently available and to answer frequently asked questions about the vaccine, please click here. Visit our 'Vaccine' tab to view additional vaccine information.

What to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
Click here to learn more on what you can expect post vaccination and some helpful tips.
General City Updates
Coming Soon: Summer Camp Registration
Summer break is around the corner and it's time to think about how your kids will be enjoying their summer!

Summer camp online registration has opened for Miami Beach residents at register.miamibeachparks.com. View the schedule of registration below:

Summer Camp
  • Miami Beach Residents: March 8
  • Nonresidents: March 29

Specialty Camp
  • Miami Beach Residents: March 29
  • Nonresidents: April 12

Camp for Tots
  • Miami Beach Residents: March 29
  • Nonresidents: April 12

Learn more about our summer camps here and make sure your RecTrac profile is updated in preparation for registration day!
Youth Music Festival
The fifth annual Miami Beach Youth Music Festival will take place this weekend as a hybrid in-person and virtual showcase of our city’s most talented young musicians. We've found the best of the best and now it's time to ROCK!

Miami Beach's best youth musicians and groups take the stage this Saturday, March 13 for a virtual performance.

Saturday, March 13
5 PM

RSVP to join the Livestream event, here.
2021 State of the City
Mayor Dan Gelber will be hosting the 2021 Miami Beach State of the City address on Monday, March 15 at 10 a.m. During this time he will also be honoring our local heroes that have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic.

Monday, March 15
10 AM

Watch the event live on MBTV Channel 660, stream it live via Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofmiamibeach or via MBTV online at www.miamibeachfl.gov/mbtv.
South Beach Wine & Food Festival
Celebrate 20 years on the sand with SOBEWFF®! Miami Beach residents will have the opportunity to purchase select tickets to the 2021 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One events at a discounted rate during a pre-sale period, beginning Monday, March 15, in advance of the official public on-sale date of March 22. The Festival has raised more than $31.8 million to date for the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University.

Residents are eligible to redeem a 15% Discount, applied to the purchase of two (2) tickets maximum, to one single event of their choice selected from the below list. All tickets must be purchased with a billing address to a Miami Beach zip code – 33139, 33140 or 33141.
  • Thursday, May 20 - Italian Bites on the Beach sponsored by Havas House hosted by Giada De Laurentiis
  • Friday, May 21 - Heineken Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons® hosted by Bobby Flay
  • Friday, May 21 or Saturday, May 22 - Fontainebleau Miami Beach presents Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best
  • Saturday, May 22 - Bootcamp & Bites hosted by Robert Irvine
  • Saturday, May 22 - Champagne BubbleQ® hosted by Guy Fieri
  • Saturday, May 22 or Sunday, May 23 - Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village featuring Grand Tasting Tents & Publix Culinary Demonstrations sponsored by Sub-Zero Group Southeast
  • Sunday, May 23 - BACARDI’s Best of the Fest hosted by Andrew Zimmern

The offer cannot be combined with any other pre-sale promotions that the Festival may be running during this period. The 15% Discount is applied to the base price of a ticket, and is not applied to any applicable taxes or fees.

To take advantage of the promotion, residents of City of Miami Beach must call 305.627.1173 during business hours, Monday to Friday (9:30 a.m. EST – 4:30 p.m. EST), for the duration of the promotion, and provide payment using a credit card with a Miami Beach billing zip code. Online ordering is not available for this pre-sale promotion. Orders must be placed via phone no later than 4:30 p.m. ET on March 19, 2021
Commission Meeting / Presentation and Awards
There will be a Commission/Presentation and Awards Meeting hosted virtually Wednesday, March 17 at 8:30 a.m. via Zoom here: https://miamibeachfl-gov.zoom.us/j/81392857671The 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 813 9285 7671. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.
Parks & Rec Corner
Get moving with the Miami Beach Parks and Recreation Department with tai chi and pickle ball!

Visit register.miamibeachparks.com and let's create memories together!
Enjoy free yoga sessions after work throughout the week!

Mondays & Wednesdays at 6 PM
Collins Park | 2100 Collins Avenue

Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6 PM
North Shore Park Bandshell | 7275 Collins Avenue
Each Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. to start your morning right!

On the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month: Scott Rakow Youth Center | 2700 Sheridan Avenue
On the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month:
Stillwater Park | 8440 Hawthrone Avenue
Get moving with African Dance & Drums classes.

North Shore Park Youth Center
2nd & 4th Saturday of each month at 11 AM
Let your moves fly with Zumba.

North Shore Park
M/W/Th/F at 6:30 PM & Sat 9:30 AM

Scott Rakow Youth Center
Tues/Th at 10 AM
Family Cooking Classes
The Miami Beach Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with Common Threads has brought back family cooking classes!

These Sunday classes focus on family participation, healthy ingredient substitutions and convenient cost-saving recipes. Their goal is to teach families how to cook together and incorporate healthy habits at home, while maintaining their existing traditions.

Sessions are on going on select Sundays now through May with two time slots, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Scott Rakow Youth Center.

To register, visit register.miamibeachparks.com. Registration is ongoing based on availability, space is limited!
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).