Monday, August 24, 2020
Ensuring the safety and health of Miami Beach residents, visitors and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic remains the city’s most important objective. Read the latest updates below.
Planning Board Meeting
The Planning Board will meet tomorrow, August 25 at 9 a.m.  virtually via Zoom here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82890597204The 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 828 9059 7204. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.
Week of Welcome: Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Prepare for the new school year with daily learning modules brought to you by Miami-Dade Public Schools throughout this week.


Tune into the Superintendent's Parent Webinar
Tomorrow, August 25
5:30 PM

Submit your questions before Friday, August 21 to questions@dadeschools.net.
Plasma Donation
As the number of COVID-19 infections rise in Florida, hospitals are facing critical shortages of convalescent plasma for treatment.

The University of Miami Health System is working with OneBlood to collect convalescent plasma to use for a potential treatment option for patients with COVID-19.

Who can participate in this study?
A donor must be over 18 years old, have confirmed COVID-19 documents by a laboratory test, or history suggestive of resolved COVID-19 like illness. Participants must also have complete resolution of symptoms at least 28 days before donation and not participated in any COVID vaccine trials for at least the past 12 months.

For more information on the donation process, contact Tom Tanner at 305.243.5621 or via email at ttanner@med.miami.edu

Transfusing the plasma that contains the antibodies into a person still fighting the virus can provide a boost to the patient’s immune system and potentially help them recover. Click here to learn more on how you can donate today.
Hotel Workers Impacted by COVID-19 Can Now Apply for Financial Support & Professional Development Training
The Hotel Worker Relief Program has officially launched!

This program, developed in partnership with Miami Dade College (MDC) and the Greater Miami and Beaches Hotel Association (GMBHA), provides financial support and professional training to hospitality workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Up to 2,500 eligible hospitality workers will receive financial compensation in the amount of $1,000 for successfully completing a hotel training workshop. Administered by Miami Dade College, the program and workshops will take place over the course of two days and will include a curriculum for the professional development of hotel workers, including employment skills training, opportunities for advancement in the hotel industry, and exposure to other career paths.

Applications and additional information about the program can be found here.
North Beach Drive-Thru Food Distribution
South Florida Seniors in Action and Commissioner David Richardson will host a drive-thru food distribution Wednesday, August 26.

Wednesday, August 26
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
North Beach Virtual Composting Hub Launch
Join us virtually to celebrate the launch of the North Beach Composting Hub! Get the scoop on how you can participate in the hub and learn about the do's and don'ts of composting.

Wednesday, August 26
12 PM

Register for the hub today and watch the live event to be eligible for a compost gift set! To register for the hub and Zoom webinar, visit www.mbrisingabove.com/compost
Lottery for COVID-19 Assistance
The City of Miami Beach has received Coronavirus Relief Funds from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) to provide emergency rent, mortgage, and maintenance/HOA fees assistance to households adversely impacted by COVID-19.

Applications for the assistance lottery are currently being accepted now through Wednesday, August 26 at 4 p.m. Click here to enter the lottery. A computerized lottery of submitted applications will be held on Monday, August 31 at 9 a.m. to establish a numerical order for processing these applicants. Inclusion in the lottery waitlist does not mean your application is confirmed eligible or that the applicant will receive assistance. 

Miami Beach households earning up to 120% Area Median Income ($58,440 for a household of one) can apply online via the City’s website for help with:
  • Rental assistance (including rent arrears, deposits and utility payments)
  • Mortgage payments (including principal and interest as well as insurance and property taxes paid via escrow only) and homeowner association fees. The assisted property may not have any current City liens and cannot be under any forbearance agreement in order to qualify for assistance
  • Housing re-entry assistance such as security deposits, utility deposits and temporary storage of household furnishings

For more information, call the Office of Housing and Community Services at 305.673.7491.
Mondays with Micky
Join Commissioner Micky Steinberg, School Board Member Dr. Martin Karp and City of Miami Beach Chief Learning & Education Officer Dr. Leslie Rosenfeld on Monday, August 31 at 6 p.m. to discuss Education in Miami Beach during COVID-19.

Monday, August 31
6 PM

Tune-in via Zoom webinar here: https://miamibeachfl-gov.zoom.us/j/84022114198

Or by telephone: 929.205.6099 or 888.475.4499 (Toll Free), Webinar ID: 840 2211 4198.
COVID-19 & Antibody Testing

Walk-Up Testing
The walk-up COVID-19 testing site is located at the municipal parking lot on 21 Street and Collins Avenue operating from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Once you check-in, there is no need to stand in a line, you will receive a text message advising when the nurse is ready for you.

Miami Beach Convention Center Testing Site
Both the COVID-19 active virus and antibody tests continue to be available at the Miami Beach Convention Center testing facility located on 17 Street and Convention Center Drive. The COVID-19 drive-thru and walk-up testing site is available daily, including weekends, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and is available for ages 5 and up.

Visit our 'Testing' tab to view detailed information on all testing locations, including testing at the Hard Rock Stadium and homebound testing and further details.
Mask Up Miami Beach
We urge everyone to wear a mask, continue practicing social distancing and meticulously wash hands regularly.

Reminder, Miami Beach Police and Code Compliance Officers are giving out $50 civil citations for anyone not wearing a facial covering while in a public place or space.

Free masks are being provided at all Miami-Dade Public Libraries.
Make Your Voice Count: Fill Out the Census
Now more than ever it's important to get counted! So call up your friends and neighbors and ask them to visit my2020census.gov and make sure our community gets counted.

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).