• Sally B. Philips

Changes in the Offing

Vol. 1, No. 36 July 16, 2020


At next Tuesday's Commission Meeting a resolution to allow banners on downtown restaurants will be considered. At the moment, such banners are not allowed. Several restaurant owners have stated that being more visible will help in attracting more customers to their take-out services and sidewalk dining. If it passes, the resolution will authorize and instruct the City Manager to waive the City’s requirement that restaurants in South Miami’s Downtown District obtain permits to erect banners, until either Miami-Dade County allows for indoor seating or until September 30th , whichever comes first.


A amendment to an the Land Development Code (Section 20-3.6) about boat storage will be coming in front of the Commission on Tuesday.

Briefly, the following changes regarding boats are proposed:

* Boats may be stored on properties with a single-family, multi-family and Residential Office zoning designation.

* Boats may be stored in the rear yard if set back ten feet from the rear property line and a distance equal to the side yard setback for the zoning district.

* Boats may be stored in the interior side yard if set behind the front plane of the house and a six-foot high wall, fence or landscaping is installed adjacent to the boat.

* Boats may be stored on a street side yard if set behind the front plane of the house, not in the required setback, and landscaping at least as tall as the boat is installed.

* No major repairs or overhaul work may be performed on site.


For one more day, Dante Fascell Park will be closed to the public on Thursday, July 16th, for directional boring construction for underground utilities. (This is for new sculpture lighting).



COVID-19 Liability Claims – Are You Covered?

Many insurance carriers are about to attach "Communicable Disease Exclusions" (essentially, COVID-19 exclusions) to liability policies. This means that some policies will likely not cover some (or all) types of liability claims related to COVID-19 – whether directly or indirectly related. Even if COVID-19 is not the only contributing factor to the claim, many of these exclusions are broad enough to rule out both insurance proceeds and a legal defense.

Here Are The Top 3 Questions to Ask Your LIABILITY Insurance Carrier:

1. Are you going to impose a Communicable Disease Exclusion, or other COVID-related exclusion, in the upcoming Policy renewal?

2. If yes, what lines of coverage and types of claims will it apply to?

3. If yes, will you provide a legal defense for the claims or will we have to hire our own attorney?

It’s important to know your risk. Based on the answers to these questions, you may have an insurance gap related to COVID-19 liability claims for the upcoming policy renewal. Contact your insurance provider and carefully review any upcoming policy changes.


If you or someone you know have recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to help patients suffering from coronavirus today. It’s as simple as donating your plasma.

At Baptist Health, we use convalescent plasma (plasma collected from people who have recovered from coronavirus), to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients. Antibodies present in recovered patients have lifesaving potential, helping boost a patient’s immune system so that they can better fight the virus.

At this time, we have dozens of patients across our system who qualify to receive plasma infusions as part of their treatment. However, due to the high demand for plasma across the state, our blood bank, OneBlood, has put out an urgent call for donations.

Patients with a positive antibody test or those with a positive COVID-19 Nasopharyngeal swab who have not had symptoms for 14 days are eligible to donate.

Donating plasma is similar to donating blood and convalescent plasma donations are needed immediately. Please share this information with others, and if you have recovered from coronavirus, please consider donating your plasma.

Know these facts about convalescent plasma donation:

· The treatment is approved by the FDA.

· Donors must answer screening questions and be symptom free for 14 days.

· Donating plasma does not diminish your own immunity.

· You can donate more than once, following a required waiting period.

How to Donate:

To donate your plasma with OneBlood all you need to do is visit to schedule an appointment. You can also text CCP to 63928. An appointment is required. You will need to be at least 14 days symptom free of the virus and will need to provide a copy of your positive test result, or a letter from the hospital or lab service confirming a positive COVID-19 test result.


Select State-Supported COVID-19 Testing Sites to Offer Observed

Self-Swab Testing for Symptomatic Individuals ~This pilot program will reduce wait time and

expedite test results to symptomatic individuals~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) announced that four state-supported drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites will begin offering separate, observed self-swab lanes to symptomatic individuals to reduce wait time at testing sites and to expedite their test results, beginning Friday, July 17.

This pilot program will begin at the following state-supported testing sites:

War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale (Broward County)

Regency Square Mall (Duval County)

Orange County Convention Center (Orange County)

Hard Rock Stadium (Miami-Dade County)

While appointments are not necessary to be tested, appointments are not available at this time for self-swab testing at the Hard Rock Stadium or the War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale.

At the sites, symptomatic individuals will be directed to a separate lane for testing and will be provided an observed, self-swab test under the supervision of a healthcare professional.

Observed self-swab tests will be offered to those 5 and older with symptoms of COVID-19. Results from the self-swab test will be sent to a separate lab and will be available within 72 hours via e-mail. The Orange County Convention Center and the Hard Rock Stadium sites will be able to conduct up to 500 self-swabbing tests per day.


These are the words of Congresswoman Donna Shalala: "There is mounting evidence that COVID-19 can spread through the air, specifically in indoor locations with inadequate ventilation. This means that places like restaurants—where customers must take off their face masks to eat—are particularly risky. While social distancing, or staying six feet away from others, can reduce your risk, this is often not enough indoors. One study found that COVID-19 is 18.7 times more likely to spread in a closed (indoor) environment than in an open-air environment. This is one of the reasons that Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez shut down restaurants and party venues last week.

While some other indoor venues are still open in Miami-Dade County, I encourage you to only visit indoor public spaces when absolutely necessary—like when buying groceries, picking up medications, or seeing your healthcare provider. We are fortunate to live in a city with abundant outdoor spaces, and I recommend taking advantage of these spaces by engaging in social activities, exercise, and other pastimes outdoors." I have quoted them here, because I think they are wise, and I wish everyone would take heed and abide by them.



More information is available here.

To register, click here.


Miami, FL – The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County WIC Program has 15 WIC centers in Miami-Dade County that continue providing virtual services. Most services will be conducted by phone, email, mail or fax including eligibility determination, nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support, food package assignments, and EBT card issuance. Select number of clients may need to physically come into a WIC center if they have a specialized formula that needs to be directly provided to the client or if they are unable to send documents electronically. For in-person services, 9 WIC centers remain physically open. Visit for updated information regarding the WIC Program COVID-19 response.

Pregnant women and families with children under 5 who are experiencing a loss of income due to the COVID-19 crisis are encouraged to apply for WIC. Most benefits and services can be provided remotely. To apply, call the WIC appointment line at 786.336.1300. Due to a higher than normal call volume you may experience longer wait times. Our dedicated WIC staff are ready to help and serve the community.

WIC provides healthy foods, nutrition education and breastfeeding support to pregnant, recently postpartum, breastfeeding women, infants and children up to age 5 who meet the income criteria and are at nutritional risk. The income guidelines for the WIC program have recently been updated, refer to table below. Families who are currently enrolled in Medicaid, SNAP (food stamps), or Temporary Cash Assistance programs are automatically income eligible for the program. You do not need to be on a government assistance program to qualify. Citizenship or legal residency is not required to participate in the WIC program.

For more information on the WIC Program and latest updates on our COVID-19 response, visit our webpage at



I participated in the Miami Corona Project Conversation last week. If you want to watch this conversation, it lives on this webpage within Cortada Projects, along with my biography. We shared this with our audiences via social media (@cortadaprojects) and may include it in upcoming newsletters.


I will be participating in a Webinar titled:

Challenges & Opportunities for Florida Solar: A Mid-Year Analysis on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 4-5pm ET I am planning on talking about all the solar changes that South Miami has made over the years, and will be making in years to come. Please feel free to listen in --> click here to register.

I know this has been a packed email blast. I hope it had some useful information for you.

Take care, keep healthy, stay safe.

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