• Sally B. Philips

South Miami will not Be Stopped

Vol. 1, No. 22 May 10, 2020

The business of this City goes on. Side-by-side and being part of the meeting in the Commission Chambers may not be permitted now, but, undeterred, the City has embarked on doing business through Zoom meetings. The first Commission meeting was held on May 5th. The Planning Board will be meeting on Tuesday, May 12 at 7:00 pm.


For those of you who do not have Zoom, it is possible to hear the meeting on your phone and to comment.

The next meeting to be held will be the Planning and Zoning Board meeting on Tuesday, May 12. You can find the agenda and the back-up materials as follows.

(1) Go to the City's web site.

(2) Click on the V arrow under YOUR GOVERNMENT

(3) Click on Agendas & Minutes (

(4) Click on Agenda next to Planning Board - Virtual Meeting


(5) Clicking on SOMI MARKET - PLANNING BOARD SUBMITTAL will bring you to the documents which show the proposed plans for the building.

How to join the meeting is detailed in the Notice which is posted on the City Clerk's page. The first part of this notice is reproduced here:

The notice goes on the explain how one can indicate that s/he wants to comment. Here are the steps to finding the full document:

(1) Go to the City's web site.

(2) Click on the V arrow under YOUR GOVERNMENT

(3) In the middle column under DEPARTMENTS & DIVISIONS, click on City Clerk

(4) On her page, at the bottom of the column to the left, click on

Public Meeting Notices.


May 8, 2020 — The U.S. Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, will begin to drop off 2020 Census questionnaire packets at front doors of households in Florida on May 13. This is done in areas where the majority of households do not receive mail at their physical address. The Census Bureau began hand-delivering census materials on March 15, but suspended all fieldwork for this operation on March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Temporary field staff have been trained to observe all social distancing protocols and will wear official government-provided personal protective equipment for their safety and the safety of the public. This operation is contactless and follows the most current federal health and safety guidelines.

The health and safety of Census Bureau staff and the public is always a top priority.

The Census Bureau will deliver 2020 Census invitations and paper questionnaires at the front doors of roughly 5.1 million stateside households and 171,900 households in Florida. This operation is crucial to ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities, which helps guide hundreds of billions of dollars in public and private sector spending per year.

People are strongly encouraged to respond promptly to the 2020 Census using the ID number included in the questionnaire packet. Responding with a census ID or the paper questionnaire helps ensure the best count of their community. People can respond online, by phone or by using the paper form in the packet.

We are currently in the process of contacting local officials and employees. We have a large workforce, and employee notification takes time. We ask that you not share this prior to 1 p.m. eastern. For more information, please visit the 2020 Census COVID-19 operational adjustments page.


The Board of County Commissioners unanimously passed a motion to send a vote by mail sign-up form to all households in the county – a big step forward to ensure access to voting in hard times.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - 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 Surgeon General Scott Rivkees said, “The participation from the website has been very promising so far with over 300,000 surveys submitted, and we’re hopeful that this app will help to build on the submissions and data that has already been gathered. Together, the information collected from the StrongerThanC19 mobile app and website will be used to help further inform and improve the state’s response to COVID-19.”

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.

The free StrongerThanC19 app is available to both iOS and Android users and can be downloaded from the Apple or Google app stores.

The StrongerThanC19 app and website are designed to gather information to help the Department of Health track and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Florida; they are not intended to be used as a symptom checker designed to dispense medical advice.

Even if you have already submitted a survey via the website, please feel free to download the app and update our answers.


Wednesday, May 13, at 11:30 am starting from the Library parking lot a caravan of cars will will wind its way around our hospitals. Please join the line up which will include the Police and the Fire Department. Come and show your support with a parade of cars with signs, music, honking horns, etc.,  driving by a few of the entrances of the hospital.  We are hoping to schedule it for 12 noon as many employees can take a break and come outside at that time.  We will be providing you with a map of the route prior to the event."


Mark your calendars: on May 24 the Elks will be sponsoring a concert in the hopes that those who enjoy it will donate to their funds to the Harry Anna Fund. The current Exalted Ruler of the our local Elks Lodge writes:

Of everything that the Florida Elks do, perhaps nothing is more important than our work with the state’s youth. Sowing the seeds of accomplishment and commitment through our Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services and Florida Elks Youth Camp programs, children are given the opportunity to grow and learn beyond their wildest imaginations.

The trust fund started in 1951, was named after Harry and Anna Miller who donated land and a building to establish the original Florida Elks Hospital for Crippled Children. Its purpose was and continues to be, the collection of donations and the acceptance of endowed gifts. The trust fund is restricted, which means that only the income derived from it may be used to support our major projects: the Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services and Florida Elks Youth Camp programs.


+ There is a new test site. Unfortunately, it is about 20 miles from South Miami. It's at Walgreens - 14901 NE 6 Avenue, North Miami. Open seven days a week from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Make an appointment on line:

+ Call for Homebound testing, 305-499-8767. Testing is seven days a week from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm.

The number of cases in Florida and Miami-Dade County is still rising. Please understand that South Miami is going to be cautious about opening up. We may choose to be more restrictive than the State or the County.

Keep well and stay safe.

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