Miami Beach residents sound off on spring break issues
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Miami Beach residents had a chance to voice their frustration Tuesday to the Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board, which held a “listening session” on spring break tensions in the city. “We’re actually going to be putting together a community board to interface with this [Miami-Dade Community Relations] Board and the politicians to make positive change,” Shrey said. AdA replay of Tuesday’s meeting, held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, can be seen below:Miami-Dade County's Community Relations Board is holding a “listening session” with Miami Beach residents regarding spring break tension in the city. On Friday, city residents held a “Take Back the City” protest to voice frustration with how spring break has disrupted their lives. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber, meanwhile, posted a 12-point plan for the Miami Beach entertainment district on Tuesday.
Virus testing in the US is dropping, even as deaths mount
Widespread testing is considered essential to containing the outbreak as the U.S. approaches a mammoth 5 million confirmed infections and more than 156,000 deaths out of over 700,000 worldwide. Jessica Moore of rural Newberry, South Carolina, said that after a private lab lost her COVID-19 test results in mid-July, she had to get re-tested at a pop-up site organized by the state. A number of companies are studying COVID-19 antigen tests in which you spit on a specially coated strip of paper, and if you are infected, it changes color. But the approach faces resistance in Washington, where federal regulators have required at least 80% accuracy for new COVID-19 tests. To date, the Food and Drug Administration has allowed only two COVID-19 antigen tests to enter the market.
Miami-Dade field hospital gets prepped and mayors get on message with DeSantis on COVID-19
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. Members of the National Guard have been recalled to staff the field hospital at the Miami Beach Convention Center. It has never had a case and no transfers of patients have been scheduled yet, but steadily increasing coronavirus numbers had the governor and Miami-Dade Countys mayors appealing to the public for help Tuesday. The slow but steady rise this month is the reason the National Guard re-staffed the overflow field hospital waiting at Miami Beach Convention Center, just in case. We have to create a greater sense of urgency not just urging them but creating urgency, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said. Adding to the county closures, Miami Beach has banned short-term rentals, targeting the party houses where the virus has been spreading.
Coronavirus cases surge: Miami-Dade increases testing, enforcement, education
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Eager to undergo a coronavirus test, hundreds of drivers waited in line for hours on Tuesday at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. The temporary testing site in Miami Gardens aimed to collect about 970 swabs daily this week. SURGE TEAMS’ EDCathy Burgos, a Miami-Dade County Juvenile Services Department employee, wore her sneakers on Tuesday. As a member of the new Surge Teams, she was ready to walk for miles during door-to-door educational visits in Allapattah. The surge teams will be visiting homes in Liberty City on Wednesday.
Testing sites first announced closed because of weather will open Sunday
MIAMI, Fla. Two COVID-19 drive-thru Miami testing sites that were supposed to be closed due to expected bad weather over the weekend are going to be open Sunday. Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) said that the Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens, and Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, will be do testing Sunday. Individuals with appointments for the Holiday Park testing site for Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 should call 1-800-209-7919, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to reschedule their appointments. Miami Dade CountyAmelia Earhart Park, 401 E. 65th St., HialeahHoly Family Catholic Church, 14500 NE 11th Ave., Miami (Walk up testing)Marlins Stadium, 501 Marlins Way, MiamiTesting at all other locations will continue for normal hours. For more information about state-supported COVID-19 testing sites, visit https://floridadisaster.org/covid19/testing-sites/.
Feds step up security during Super Bowl LIV weekend
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, said that although there is “no specific or credible threat,” federal agents will be doing everything in their power to protect Super Bowl LIV fans in Miami-Dade County. Federal agents know Hard Rock Stadium, the home of Sunday’s Super Bowl, in Miami Gardens, NFL events in downtown Miami and Miami Beach, and airports in South Florida are desirable targets. “We are spreading out are assets to take care of business, not only at the Super Bowl, but at all those other locations as well,” said Todd Gayle, an air and marine team agent for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. On Wednesday, FBI Special Agent in Charge George Piro said FAA no drone zone violations during the Super Bowl “will result in both civil and potential criminal penalties.”The 2020 Miami Super Bowl LIV host committee is promoting the SaferWatch app to empower users to submit tips for law enforcement. “I would say the things that you’re looking for in general is anybody whose behavior just seems out of the ordinary, anybody asking unusual questions about security or observing security procedures," said Cathy Lanier, the chief security officer for the NFL.
Feds set new ‘No Drone Zones’ in Miami-Dade County during Super Bowl LIV week
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The Federal Aviation Administration is warning fliers of hobbyist drones to comply with temporary “No Drone Zones” in Miami-Dade County or face penalties of more than $30,000. The temporary flight restrictions are in effect in areas of South Beach, downtown Miami and Miami Gardens, where there are National Football League events during Super Bowl LIV week. The ban applies to one nautical mile around the Miami Beach Convention Center, at 1901 Convention Center Dr., and Bayfront Park, at Biscayne Blvd., and it is in place until Saturday. On Sunday, the FAA is prohibiting drones around the Hard Rock Stadium, at 347 Don Shula Dr.
January 2016 community events calendar
Welcome to your community calendar. It's your one-stop shop to finding out about events taking place around your community. The Embrace Girls Foundation, Inc., is holding auditions for American Girl Fashion Show, inspired by the American Girl dolls. All proceeds raised through this event stay in our local community and benefit The Dan Marino Foundation. For more information, visit www.crpc.org/concert-series-2015-2016, email email@example.com or call 954-334-5174.