Tuesday, September 8, 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 which include COVID-19 updates in the beginning and general city updates below.

COVID-19 Updates
North Beach Drive-Thru Food Distribution
South Florida Seniors in Action and Commissioner David Richardson will host a drive-thru food distribution tomorrow, September 9.

Wednesday, September 9
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
Miami Foundation COVID-19 Relief Nonprofit Grants
The Miami Foundation, in partnership with Miami-Dade County’s Department of Public Housing and Community Development, will offer $10 million in grants to local, small nonprofits. The Miami-Dade County Nonprofit Support Grants program, made possible by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, will provide financial relief to charitable organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Approved by the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners on July 21, grant funds will be available to Miami-Dade nonprofits with fewer than 25 employees and must cover employee payroll, business interruption costs, reopening and other expenses related to pandemic response. Eligible nonprofits can apply for grants of up to $47,500 for reimbursements and/or future expenses.
 
The application is available beginning today and is open through September 30.
View the program guidelines, application and FAQs, plus sign up for informational webinars and one-on-one help sessions, here.
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.
General City Updates
SoBeSafe & Vice-Mayor Samuelian Town Hall
Vice-Mayor Mark Samuelian will host a virtual meeting with SoBeSafe tomorrow, September 9 to discuss the future of Ocean Drive and the Entertainment District.

Wednesday, September 9
4 PM

Join via webinar here: https://zoom.us/j/93283415847

Or via telephone 929.205.6099 or 877.853.5259 (toll free), Webinar ID is 932 8341 5847, passcode: 107053
FDOT 79 Street Virtual Meeting
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is developing a design for two bridge rehabilitation projects on SR 934/NE 79 Street over the Intracoastal Canal, in Miami-Dade County. They will host a virtual meeting tomorrow, September 9 to discuss the project.

Wednesday, September 9
6 PM to 8 PM

To participate in this virtual meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone please register using the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7561816861987408396
Board of Adjustment Meeting
A Board of Adjustment meeting is being held Friday, September 11 at 9 a.m. virtually via Zoom here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82730935917The 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 827 3093 5917. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.
Back-to-School with Parks & Rec

Virtual After School Program
The Parks & Recreation Department is offering homework assistance for children in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. Additional activities will include fitness classes, yoga, cooking, science and more.

  • Monday through Friday (September 8 - October 2)
  • 2:30 PM - 5 PM (K-1st Grade)
  • 3:30 PM - 6 PM (2nd - 5th Grade)
  • Weekly Fee: $75

Virtual Teen Club
The virtual Teen Club program includes tutoring/homework assistance, STEM, dance, social emotional learning, entrepreneurship, sports fitness, hobby projects and more. Virtual tutoring occurs through the Zoom platform and space is limited.

  • Monday through Friday (September 8 - October 2)
  • 4 PM - 5:30 PM (6th - 12th Grade)
  • FREE for all teens enrolled in a Miami Beach school

Programs may be canceled due to low enrollment. Registration has begun, register today by visiting register.miamibeachparks.com
Countdown to Fill Out the Census
The U.S. Census Bureau will be sending an additional paper questionnaire to over 16.2 million households in low-responding census tracts. All mail packages are expected to arrive by September 15. This mailing is the last in a series of reminders the Census Bureau has mailed to non-responding households since mid-March urging them to respond.
 
Census takers are still visiting households that have not responded to the census to collect responses in person. Census takers may also visit households that have already responded as part of 2020 Census quality checks. Now, more than ever, it's important to get counted!

Are you a renter? View our 2020 Census Renters guide here.

The Census Bureau will END all counting on September 30.
Call up your friends and neighbors and ask them to visit my2020census.gov and make sure our community gets counted!
COVID-19 & Antibody Testing

*UPDATE* Walk-Up Testing
The walk-up COVID-19 testing site located at the municipal parking lot on 21 Street and Collins Avenue is temporarily closed. Stay tuned for an update on its status.

Miami Beach Convention Center Testing Site
The MBCC testing site is now offering drive-up and walk-up COVID-19 antigen tests (“rapid tests”). This test is a nasal swab test with results reported to the patient within 4 hours or less. It will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily or until the site reaches the maximum 350 daily allotted tests. More detailed information on the purpose and efficacy of the antigen test can be found on the CDC website.

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.
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.
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).