Thursday, May 7, 2020
Keeping residents and businesses safe is the primary directive in the city’s fight against COVID-19. As such, the City Manager has extended his State of Emergency Declaration through May 14, 2020.

The City Manager has also extended the city’s “Safer at Home” Emergency Order , as well as the Emergency Measures , through May 14, 2020. Any violation of the aforementioned emergency measures would subject the individual or business entity to criminal penalties.
Hybrid Testing Site
Beginning tomorrow, May 8, we will open a COVID-19 testing facility at the Miami Beach Convention Center campus. The facility will offer both drive-through and walk-up testing services daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., with no appointments necessary. Testing is FREE and available to anyone, 18 years or older, regardless of COVID-19 symptoms.

The walk-up testing service will be within the parking lot located at 17   Street and Convention Center Drive, across from City Hall. Please enter this site at 17 Street and Convention Center Drive wearing a face covering and with photo ID readily available. Parking will not be available for walk-up testing patients.

The drive-through mobile testing service entrance is at 17 Street and Convention Center Drive. Please remain in your vehicles with your windows up and place a photo ID on the dashboard. Everyone in the vehicle should be wearing a face covering, display a photo ID and be seated next to a working window. There is a maximum of five tests per vehicle.

For more information on testing and testing for homebound seniors view the 'Testing' tab on our Coronavirus dedicated webpage .
Commission and Finance & Economic Resiliency Meetings
The next Commission meeting is being held on Friday, May 8 at 9 a.m.   and will be televised on MBTV and streamed live on  FacebookThe Finance and Economic Resiliency Meeting will follow at 10 a.m.

The Commission Chambers will be closed to the public, but you can watch both meetings via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87216813089

  • How to provide spoken public comment during the City Commission Meeting: The public may provide spoken comment by dialing telephone 312.626.6799 or 1.888.475.4499 (Toll Free). The Webinar ID is 872 1681 3089#. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.

  • How to submit written public comment before the City Commission Meeting: The public may submit written comments by sending an email to CityClerk@miamibeachfl.gov by 5 p.m. the day before the Commission Meeting. Please identify the Agenda Item Number in the email subject line. Emails received will be forwarded to the Mayor and Commissioners and will be included as a part of the meeting record.
FDOH Launches New COVID-19 Mobile App to Help Flatten the Curve in Florida
Today, the Florida Department of Health announced the launch of a new mobile app, StrongerThanC19. The free app, available for iOS and Android devices, complements the community action survey website of the same name that launched on April 3. These cutting-edge tools are giving residents the power to unite in the fight to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Florida.

Florida residents are encouraged to do their part in helping Florida flatten the curve by anonymously answering questions that range from age and residency, to recent travel, to potential COVID-19 contact. The app allows users to go back and update their answers as symptoms and information change, providing officials with up-to-the minute information to help improve the distribution of resources in response to COVID-19. With the app, users will also have access to information in real-time as it’s gathered from users across the state via the Community Action Survey Report.

Once the brief survey is completed, users will also have the opportunity to sign-up to receive notifications for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Florida from the Department of Health. The brief survey is available in both English and Spanish.
Face Coverings
 Face coverings  MUST be worn at all essential retail and commercial businesses, open parks, and the beachwalk and baywalk, except by children under the age of 2, persons who have trouble breathing due to a chronic pre-existing condition, or persons engaged in strenuous physical activity or exercise.

Click here for a full listing of open parks and recreational facilities.

 Click here to learn how you can easily make your own face covering.
Drive-Thru Food Distribution
Feeding South Florida and Commissioner David Richardson will host a drive-thru food distribution this Saturday, May 9.

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.

Saturday, May 9
9 AM - 11 AM
2100 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL
Entrance on 21 Street and Collins Avenue

If you're unable to get food, please  visit www.feedingsouthflorida.org/covid19 and use the agency locator to find a food pantry in your zip code.
Mondays with Micky
Join Vice-Mayor Micky Steinberg and co-host Commissioner David Richardson on Monday, May 11, 2020 at 3 p.m. for a Virtual Mondays with Micky to discuss the 2020 Legislative Session Update featuring Senator Jason Pizzo and Representative Michael Grieco.

To participate, join the webinar here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82639145348

Or via telephone by dialing in at 312.626.6799 or 888.475.4499    (Toll Free).
Webinar ID: 826 3914 5348
Building Department Trainings
Please join us to discuss the upcoming changes in the Building Department. You can join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Building Department Innovations | Tuesday, May 12 from 2 PM - 3 PM
Call-in: 1.669.224.3412 | Access Code: 546 953 965

Building Department Online Permits Training | Thursday, May 14 from 2 PM - 3 PM
 Call-in: 1.877.568.4106 (toll free) or 312.757.3129 | Access Code: 602 609 213
Parks & Greenspace Reopenings
While enjoying the outdoor spaces of the City of Miami Beach, please adhere to the following rules for preventing the spread of COVID-19:
  • Face coverings MUST always be worn, unless otherwise noted
  • Organized activities, including sports, fitness classes or any commercial use activity is prohibited 
  • Social distancing must be observed and there cannot be gatherings of 10 or more people
  • Some pedestrian trails are one-way, as marked 
  • Strict enforcement of social distancing measures will be implemented with penalties and fines
  • Park use is encouraged to be less than 2 hours
  • No picnics 
Summer and Specialty Camp Update
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Parks and Recreation Department will be canceling all Summer Specialty Camps. The department is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation and any information on whether we can safely proceed with holding our regular Summer Day Camps. 

Any decision pertaining to these regular Summer Day Camps will be immediately communicated to our residents.  Please check our website at  www.miamibeachparks.com  for future updates and new registration dates.
Operation Gratitude
The Miami Beach Parks & Recreation Department encourages the community to join us in writing thank you letters to the brave men and women who protect and serve our country.

Email your letters to recreation@miamibeachfl.gov during the month of May.
Food Assistance
The City of Miami Beach is now offering food assistance to qualifying residents who have lost their employment and are experiencing food insecurity.

Please visit  www.miamibeachfl.gov/food  to fill out the required form.


Recycling at Home
As we all spend more time at home, we want to remind you of best practices for when placing your recyclable items for pick-up.
  • Place your blue recycling cart at the curb by 7 a.m. on your scheduled recycling day.
  • Place the cart within 3 feet of the street and at least 5 feet from mailboxes, parked cars, garbage cart or other obstacles. The wheels must face your home.
  • Do not overfill your cart. If items in the cart are not loose, they can get stuck inside the cart and prevent whatever is underneath from being emptied. 
  • Do not stack items on top of or alongside your recycling cart. They can't and won't be collected.
  • Do not place your recyclables inside plastic bags. Plastic bags damage the equipment at the recycling facility.

Thank you for doing your part to recycle for our environment!
Feeding the Frontline
Created to help out local restaurants,  Miami Eats  has now expanded its efforts to also support your local front-line medical staff, police and fire first-responders through  Meals for Heroes Miami

This   amazing program provides warm meals to those saving our community every day!
Get Counted!
For the first time in Census history, you can now fill out the form online as well as by phone or mail. Responding is fast, easy, safe and important and it’s key to shaping the future of your community. Visit my2020census.gov and make sure you get counted.

If you don’t know your Census ID number, you can still complete the questionnaire. Follow the following steps:
  • Click on “Start Questionnaire”
  • Click “If you don’t have your Census ID”
  • Then proceed to enter your residential address

Don't waive your right to be counted, fill out the Census today. Click here to view the information in Spanish.
 Customer Service
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
To help keep you informed on the latest details of this ever evolving COVID-19 pandemic , the city has created a dedicated, city-related coronavirus webpage. We encourage you to continuously visit www.miamibeachfl.gov/coronavirus f or the most up-to-date information, including a list of frequently asked questions , important resources, impacts to city services and more.
Below is an ongoing summary of updates from the City of Miami Beach.

Miami Beach Resource Center
Has your business or job been impacted by coronavarius pandemic? The City of Miami Beach is here to help! Please email your contact information and inquiry to resourcecenter@miamibeachfl.gov and one of our resource agents will assist you.
You can also view some helpful tools and resources for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including information on Governor DeSantis' Florida Small Business Emergency Loan Program and more on our dedicated business portal .

Meals for Seniors
If you are a senior citizen 60 years or older and are having problems getting meals, please call Miami-Dade County’s 311 Call Center between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m . and you will be immediately patched in with their Emergency Operations Center to get you the meals or other services that you may need. If you are not a senior, we still encourage you to share this message with any senior you may know.

Miami-Dade Public Schools Meal Distribution
Nautilus Middle School has replaced Miami Beach Senior High as the meal distribution center for Miami-Dade Public Schools grab-and-go meals in our community.

Those in need can pick-up meals from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays, click here  for more information and other school locations. Free meals for kids are also available through  FLIPANY, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services  and  Feeding Florida.

Impacted Meetings/Events
For a full list of impacted meetings and events, please visit www.miamibeachfl.gov/coronavirus .

Miami Beach Restaurants - Takeout and Delivery
The City of Miami Beach is maintaining the general curfew throughout the city beginning at midnight each night, but permits restaurants to continue to operate their kitchens after midnight, for delivery services only .


Stay Informed
The City of Miami Beach remains committed to ensuring the safety and public health of our residents, visitors and local businesses. As the information is changing rapidly pertaining to COVID-19, the administration is conducting daily interdepartmental calls to monitor the progression of novel coronavirus COVID-19 to ensure that we stay informed and respond when needed. We are also closely following the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health (FDOH).

For updated information on the city’s efforts, please visit: www.MiamiBeachFl.gov/coronavirus . We will also post updated messages via email , Nextdoor , Facebook, Twitter and via text message (text MBAlert to 888777).