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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Mayor's Letter to Residents


*Updated at 7:00 pm on April 3, 2020

As the global Coronavirus COVID-19 crisis continues to grow, the Town of Surfside remains committed to staying on top of the most up-to-date information in order to make informed decisions to help safeguard our community. The situation is changing rapidly, so the Town will be providing regular updates as new information emerges. 


Town Commission Declares State of Emergency 

The Town Commission declared a State of Emergency in Surfside on March 12, 2020 to help Town leaders and emergency managers expedite their response to the Coronavirus COVID-19. This declaration is simply a way for the Town to access support from the federal government that is only available under the State of Emergency and to pursue additional emergency orders if needed



Florida Governor Issues Stay-Home Order

On April 1, 2020, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a new stay-home order, requiring all persons in Florida to limit their activity to essential services only for the next 30 days. The new Executive Order will go into effect at midnight on Thursday night. Read more here. 



Town of Surfside Emergency Orders Pertaining to COVID-19 

Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 2

Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 1

Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 3

Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 4

View Coronavirus Case Dashboard in Real-Time

According to the Florida Department of Health, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state totals over 10,000. You can view the number of cases in real-time via the FDOH’s COVID-19 dashboard. To view the dashboard, visit here.  


 

Town Facilities Closed and Programs Canceled or Postponed

As part of its continued efforts to keep residents, employees, and local businesses’ healthy and safe, the Town of Surfside has closed all municipal facilities until further notice.  These facilities include Town Hall, Community Center, Tennis Center, 96th Street Park, Tot Lot, and Dog Park. The following programs and/or services have been impacted as a result:

  • All Town meetings, committees, recreation activities, spring adventure camp, community events, and after school programs have been either canceled or postponed until further notice
  • Operations for the Surf-Bay-Bal community shuttle bus are currently suspended until further notice

The Town’s Public Works Department will continue to pick-up trash, recycling and bulk items as scheduled.

For any additional schedule changes and updates, please check the Town website.


Miami-Dade County Closures

Per Emergency Orders issued by Miami-Dade County, the following are temporarily closed:

* All public beaches including in Surfside, parks and recreational facilities. Note: The hardback and beach jogging path remain open. 

* All non-essential retails and commercial establishments, including shops, salons, fitness studios, bars and restaurants. However, many food establishments can remain open for takeout and delivery service only.

* All hotels, motels, short-term vacation rentals and other commercial lodging cannot accept new reservations, except for “essential lodgers”

*All pools, gyms and recreation activities at condominiums and apartments



Construction Sites Closed in Surfside

Effective starting March 18, 2020, all construction activities within the Town of Surfside will be closed. There will be no construction activities allowed. These precautionary measures are being taken to help prevent community spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19, as well as for the public's health and well-being.



Surfside Waives Late Utility Fees, Grants Permit Extensions 

In order for residents and local businesses to focus on their health and safety, the Town of Surfside will be doing the following as a courtesy:

  • For utility payments due within the next 30 days, the Town will not impose any new late fees or penalties. As a reminder, utility bills can be paid online by clicking HERE.
  • For permits expiring soon, the Building Department will notify residents in order to grant a 30-day extension. 


CDC Travel Advisory 

Non-essential travel is strongly discouraged to further combat the spread of the virus. For the latest travel advisories, visit CDC travel advisory 

Surfside Orders Mandatory Isolation of Individuals Traveling to Area

To combat the further spread of coronavirus, the Town of Surfside has issued a new Emergency Order. The order mandates that individuals traveling to Surfside from outside of the United States or from any of the 19 U.S. states (listed in the Order), must self-isolate or quarantine for the entire duration of their visit to Surfside, or for 14 days beginning on the day of their arrival, whichever is shorter.

Effective starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 3, the Emergency Order applies to people traveling from areas with substantial documented coronavirus cases in their communities, as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. The order may be amended to include additional states where community spread is documented by the CDC.

Review Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 4

“While Surfside always welcomes visitors, especially during the Passover and Easter holidays, I’m asking you topleasetell your friends and families to stay home – it could save their life, yours, or that of a loved one.We are taking these harsh measures to help combat the spread of coronavirus in our community, including the issuance of a Safer at Home emergency order and placing enforceable restrictions on travelers from 19 states which have substantial coronavirus cases. Nonessential travel is strongly discouraged during the coronavirus outbreak. Please heed these warnings andhelp us protect you and your loved ones. Stay safe, stay calm & stay home.”Mayor Charles W. Burkett

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the new Emergency Order?
Surfside is a known preferred location for visitors, long-term guests and second residences for persons outside the State of Florida, and from both within and outside of the United States. Since the coronavirus outbreak, Florida is experiencing an increase in individuals fleeing to Florida from states where “shelter-in-place” orders are being implemented, especially from the New York Tri-State area, from other states with substantial community spread (more than 1000 reported cases per the CDC on March 30, 2020), and from outside the United States.

Surfside is also experiencing an increase in such arrivals and therefore must take proactive measures for The health and safety of its residents, employees and local businesses.


Which areas are included in the Emergency Order?

The Emergency Order includes areas with substantial documented coronavirus cases in their communities, as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. These areas include:

 

  1. All countries/states outside of the United States
  2. California
  3. Colorado
  4. Connecticut
  5. Georgia
  6. Illinois
  7. Indiana
  8. Louisiana
  9. Maryland
  10. Massachusetts
  11. Michigan
  12. New Jersey
  13. New York
  14. North Carolina
  15. Ohio
  16. Pennsylvania
  17. Tennessee
  18. Texas
  19. Virginia
  20. Washington State


What if I’m a medical professional traveling to the area to assist with the COVID-19 crisis?

The Emergency Order does not apply to persons employed by the airlines and those performing military, emergency or health response.


How will the new Emergency Order be enforced?

All individuals traveling from affected areas as outlined in the Emergency Order must immediately inform their Condominium Association Manager or Property Manager (or the Surfside Police Department if they are not arriving to a multi-family dwelling) upon their arrival.

Condominium Association Managers and Property Managers must provide the collected information to the Surfside Police Department upon receipt of the information.

Failure to follow this Order is a second-degree misdemeanor pursuant to Section 252.50, Florida Statutes, and is punishable by imprisonment not to exceed 60 days, a fine not to exceed $500, or both.

Stay Safer at Home!

In the fight against COVID-19, the number one priority in the Town of Surfside is keeping residents and businesses healthy and safe. The Florida Governor has issued a state-wide stay-home order. Please take action by staying home. Here are a few important reminders:

  • The Town of Surfside also has issued a “Safer at Home” Emergency Order, urging residents to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to pick up essentials from the grocery store or pharmacy or visit the doctor.
  • If you are 65 years or older or have underlying medical conditions, then you are urged to stay home.
  • For the convenience of residents, the hardpack and beach jogging path remain open, but remember to maintain a safe social distance (at least six feet away from others) and avoid gathering in groups of 10 or more people. 
  • Follow the guidelines provided by the CDC and the Florida Department of Health to help protect yourself against coronavirus, such as regularly washing your hands or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • If you must make a trip to the grocery store, then make sure to: designate one shopper; shop during less crowded times and go only when absolutely necessary; take advantage of special hours if a senior; wipe down the handle on the grocery cart; use a credit or debit card instead of cash; don’t touch your face after handling groceries; wash your hands Here are additional tips to shop safely.
  • If available, wear a mask, bandana or scarf to cover your face if absolutely necessary to leave your home.

What You Should Know About COVID-19

COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The CDC and FDOH recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Stay home as much as possible during the outbreak and avoid contact with persons in poor health;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty; and
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.  

What is Social Distancing?

Image shows two people keeping at least 6 feet of distance between them. With text stating: Keep at least six feet between you and other people. Avoid shaking hands as a social greeting.

Social distancing are practices implemented by public health officials to keep contagious diseases from spreading. The measures are aimed at trying to cut down the amount of virus spreading around, and ultimately protect those most vulnerable, including the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

Please follow the recommended social distancing guidelines from the Florida Department of Health.

Get Tested for COVID-19 at These Locations

Want to learn where you can be tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19)? Read below. Each testing site has specific instructions.

NEW - Medrite Urgent Care
4621 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
(Municipal Parking Lot adjacent to the Eden Roc Hotel)

Drive-thru testing will begin today, April 2, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. to members of the general public of any age who have been pre-approved by a doctor, and have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.  Privately owned Medrite Urgent Care will provide 250-300 test per day.  Testing will take place Sunday – Friday until April 15, 2020. Anyone interested can call 305-735-3909 for an appointment or for more information about testing.

Marlins Park
501 Marlins Way, Miami, FL 33125
(West Parking lot)

Miami-Dade County’s COVID-19 drive-thru testing center is open at Marlins Park for residents 18 or older who have COVID-19 symptoms, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by appointment only. It is also open to medical workers and first-responders of all ages. Daily testing is available at this site for 300 people.

To make a testing appointment, please call 305-499-8767, where individuals will be pre-screened for symptoms. Staff on-site can only test those with appointments. All others will be turned away.

Hard Rock Stadium
347 Don Shula Drive Miami Gardens, Florida 33056
(Free of charge on the East Parking lot)

Testing will be available from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on a daily basis; however, those seeking a test must meet certain criteria:

  • Must be 65 or older and be symptomatic to be tested and for first-responders and medical staff (Must bring ID)
  • If you do not meet the criteria, you will be asked to exit the lot.
  • The test site is drive-thru only.

Amelia Earhart Park
401 E. 65th St, Hialeah, FL 33013
(Enter at Palm Avenue and E. 65th Street Entrance)

Miami-Dade will provide COVID-19 drive-thru testing beginning on Thursday, April 2, 2020, for those who are 65 or older and are experiencing symptoms. Appointments are required and patients need to be in their cars, with a maximum of two people per car. The call center will open each day at 9 a.m. and close when slots for the next day are filled. The number to call for appointments at this site is 305-268-4319 - that's 305-COVID19. 

For updates on COVID-19 testing sites, visit here and click on the “Testing” tab. 

Take These Steps If You Have COVID-19

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing. If you or your loved one tests positive for coronavirus, the Florida Department of Health advises the following:

What To Do If You Have COVID-19

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Do You Have COVID-19 Questions? Call These Hotlines

  • For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Florida Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 hotline by calling 1.866.779.6121 or by emailing covid-19@flhealth.gov.
  • For updates from Miami-Dade County Public Schools, please visit covid19.dadeschools.net | M-DCPS also has a hotline, which is 305.995.3000.
  • The Town of Surfside is available to assist the community in all times of need. For questions pertaining to COVID-19 in the community, call Town Hall at 305.861.4863 and dial “0” during business hours, 9 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday. For concerns outside those hours, please contact the police non-emergency number at 305.861.4862.

Schools are Closed, Now what?

As recommended by the Florida Department of Education, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) will remain closed until at least May 1, 2020. Teacher planning days and legal holidays outlined in the 2019-2020 schools calendar will continue to be observed. M-DCPS has a hotline to answer questions from students, parents and other community members about school district-related coronavirus efforts. The number is 305.995.3000. For additional resources and support, visit covid19.dadeschools.net.

M-DCPS offers grab-and-go meals to those in need between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.

More Information and Meal Distribution Sites

Tips for At-Risk Seniors

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older adults and people with weakened immune systems or serious medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease, are at higher risk of becoming very sick from this illness.

The CDC recommends the following:

  • Stock up on supplies including groceries and medicine as needed
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others (at least six-feet away from others)
  • Stay away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often
  • Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people
  • Avoid non-essential air travel
  • Stay home as much as possible during the COVID-19 outbreak

Meals for Seniors

If you are a senior citizen 65 years or older and are having problems getting meals, please call Miami-Dade County’s 311 Call Center between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and you will be immediately patched in with their Emergency Operations Center to get you the meals or other services that you may need.

Emergency & Evacuation Assistance Program (EEAP)

Should you need specialized transportation assistance, safe shelter, medical monitoring or wellness checks, the Miami-Dade County offers an Emergency & Evacuation Assistance Program (EEAP). The program is for senior residents who may need additional assistance during emergency situations. To register, visit: https://www8.miamidade.gov/apps/gis/eeap_publicregistration.

Sign Up for Email Notifications and CodeRed Alerts

Stay informed and receive updates! Please sign up for email notifications on the Town website at https://www.townofsurfsidefl.gov/news-and-events/subscribe and CodeRed alerts via the instructions found here: https://www.townofsurfsidefl.gov/departments-services/police/code-red

Surfside Police Department

You can always count on our Surfside Police Department to help you. To contact the Police Department, call 305.861.4862.

Designated Shopping Hours for Seniors and Delivery Services

  • CVS is offering free deliveries of prescriptions and other store items. To request free delivery, call Surfside’s CVS store: 305.865.3298 or visit https://www.cvs.com/content/delivery.
  • Walgreens is offering free deliveries of prescriptions. Find more information, including store locations, on https://www.walgreens.com/.
  • Publix provides grocery delivery and curbside pickup. It also offers special “seniors only” hours. Set up grocery delivery and pickup online at https://www.publix.com/locations/73-publix-at-surfside. From 7 am - 8 am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Publix stores and pharmacies will be open exclusively to seniors over age 65. For more information, call Surfside’s Publix Store at 305.865.1263 or the Pharmacy at 305.865.4378.
  • Whole Foods provides grocery delivery and has special “seniors only” hours. Customers over age 60 can start shopping one hour before Whole Foods stores open to the general public. For more information, call the North Miami Whole Foods store at 305.892.5500.
  • Target is reserving the first hour of shopping every Wednesday for seniors and other guests who are vulnerable to the coronavirus. Visit: https://corporate.target.com/press/releases/2020/03/target-announces-reduced-store-hours-dedicated-sho

Casa Church Ministry Offering Assistance to Elderly

A group of volunteers with the Casa Church ministry in Surfside are offering the following free services to our elderly community and disabled residents:

  • Run shopping errands for groceries (money for groceries provided by resident)
  • Pick up medicine and drop off at the resident’s home (money for prescriptions provided by resident)
  • Become a drop off/collection center for anyone who wants to donate non-perishable food for families in need
  • Drop off a bag of non-perishable food for a family in need in Surfside

To obtain any of the services above, residents of Surfside can call/text (305) 864-9283 (Ext 3) or email Help@Casachurch.Miami

Jewish Community Services of South Florida (JCS)

JCS continues to serve the community during Coronavirus outbreaks. JCS remains open, providing food, counseling, crisis response and information, and referral services. For assistance, please call 2-1-1 or 305.576.6550.

 

Don't Fall Victim to a COVID-19 Scam

In times of crises like the current coronavirus health pandemic, scammers use these fears to try and take advantage of people. Avoid being scammed with these tips from the Surfside Police Department: COVID-19 Scams flyer

How to Cope with Stress and Anxiety in a Crisis?

The CDC offers a number of ways to help cope with stress and anxiety for your mental health.

Florida Blue in partnership with New Directions Behavioral Health have launched a bi-lingual, toll-free helpline that connects individuals with trained behavioral health counselors. This FREE service is available 24/7, provides counselors to assist anyone experiencing feelings of stress, anxiety, trauma and grief due to the health crisis. In addition to telephonic intervention, they also offer tips on how to reduce anxiety as well as mental health and community resources.

This service is available to all Floridians including those who do not have insurance or have coverage with another health plan. The emotional support line can be reached at 833.848.1762.

Additionally, the Jewish Community Services of South Florida (JCS) continues to serve the community during Coronavirus outbreaks. JCS remains open, providing food, counseling, crisis response and information, and referral services. For assistance, please call 2-1-1 or 305.576.6550.

How to Support Local Businesses + Relief for Small Businesses

Many businesses, small ones in particular, have been hit especially hard by mandated closures and safety measures issued to try and stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The information on this page, updated frequently, includes a growing number of resources and relief programs to turn to for assistance.



Important News to Use

* President Trump Signs Economic Stimulus Bill: President Trump signed a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package targeting relief toward America’s workers, hospitals, industries, and state and local governments. To learn more, visit here. 

* F.A.Q. on Stimulus Checks, Unemployment and the Coronavirus Plan:The New York Times published an F.A.Q. to help answer questions about stimulus payments, who is eligible, unemployment benefits, student loans and more. Read here.


Business Damage Survey 

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the activation of the Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin.

The Business Damage Assessment Survey can be taken online here.
 



U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans

• The SBA has activated their Economic Injury Disaster Loan program for Florida businesses affected by COVID-19
• Long-term loans up to $2 million offered to eligible small businesses and nonprofits
• SBA loans are only meant for businesses that are unable to access credit from lenders
• Interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75 for nonprofits
• Loans are meant to help financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred, not to recoup lost profits
Click here to register and apply for assistance.

Florida Emergency Bridge Loan Program


• The State of Florida has activated as state-wide loan program for small businesses affected by COVID-19
• These short-term, interested free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources
• Loan amounts are limited at $50,000 awarded per small business: loans are offerd interest-free for a 1-year term
• To be eligible, small businesses must prove that they are actively pursuing long-term financial resources such as an SBA or bank loan
*
Application deadline is May 8, 2020. Application and more information.

Short Term Compensation Program (FDEO): The Short Time Compensation Program is a voluntary employer program designed to help employers maintain their staff by reducing the weekly working hours during temporary slowdowns instead of temporarily laying off employees. If an employer establishes a Short Time Compensation Plan, and an employee meets the qualifications to file a re-employment assistance claim in the state of Florida, the employee will receive a partial re-employment check to supplement their reduced paycheck. Find employer information and the application here.

Beacon Council: Miami-Dade Beacon Council is providing resources to support local businesses and employees. Sign up to receive email updates and get information about the federal CARES Act. For more business information about COVID-19, visit the Beacon Council website or email beaconhelp@beaconcouncil.com

Greater Miami Chamber: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce also has a business resource guide.



Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) aims to help eligible businesses cover payroll and overhead expenses during the COVID-19 crisis. Read more here and check with your bank for details.



U.S. Small Business Administration Resources
The SBA has a myriad of additional resources and learning tools designed to help your business during coronavirus. U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Guidance & Resources.



FPL to Lower Bills for Businesses, Residents in Response to COVID-19 - If Approved
FPL announced Monday that a one-time rate decrease for business and residential customers will be issued pending approval from the Florida Public Service Commission in May. Learn more from the South Florida Business Journal.



Additional Financial Resources

Click through to each link below to learn more about the corresponding subject:



Looking for Employment?

For reemployment assistance and disaster recover, visit the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity here. Note that due a surge in claims, the DEO is experiencing higher than average wait times. 

CareerSource South Florida is also another good resource for job seekers. Visit here for more information.




Currently Hiring

  • Dollar General: 50,000 new employees across the country by the end of April.
  • Domino’s: 10,000 workers to meet increased demand amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Walmart: 150,000 U.S. hourly workers for its stores and distribution centers through the end of May.
  • Amazon: 100,000 people across the U.S. to keep up with a crush of orders as the coronavirus spreads and keeps more people at home, shopping online. That includes workers at its warehouses, delivery centers and Whole Foods grocery stores, all of whom make at least $15 an hour.
  • Pepsi: 6,000 new, full-time, full-benefit frontline employees across the U.S. in the coming months.
  • Walgreens: 9,500 existing full- and part-time roles in stores across the United States, including pharmacy technicians.
  • GE Healthcare 
  • Outschool (for teachers): Hiring thousands of teachers to meet demand.


 
#SupportLocal

In an effort to #FlattenTheCurve, Miami-Dade County has mandated the temporary closure of all non-essential retail and commercial establishments. Additionally, food establishments are closed for dine-in service, but continue delivery and take-out services.

Help us support our local businesses during these difficult times by continuing to patronize our local restaurants through takeout or delivery services, or by purchasing gift cards for future use whenever possible. 



MIAMI EATS - Order Out, Help Out
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) has launched a new campaign to help promote offers from Greater Miami restaurants. Learn more and apply.


Keep Busy at Home with Activities for the Entire Family and Seniors

Feeling restless or bored at home? It is for your safety amid growing coronavirus concerns. Lucky for residents, the Surfside Parks and Recreation Department has compiled a number of activities for kids, adults and seniors to fill their time. Check out the list below. 

As a reminder, the Town of Surfside has issued a “Safer at Home” Emergency Order, in effect until further notice. View the Emergency Order here and learn what this means to you. 

Virtual Online Activities 

Watch Broadway Plays from Home
From Newsies to Sweeney Todd, some of the best Broadway shows are available for viewing at home.

Managing Anxiety - Breathwork Session 

Try an online Breathwork session with The CLEO Institute's Mia Kirn on Sundays at 9:00 pm via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 217-855-1217.

AARP Healthy Living Guide
How to weight the risks and make good decisions based on your age and health status. Read more.

Calling All Teens!
The Surfside Parks and Recreation will be hosting ZOOM group discussions with teens in the community to receive input on fun activities and engage in lively conversations while stuck at home. Virtual meet-ups will take place from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, starting April 6, 2020. This is a friendly environment for teens and it’s a great way to make new friends.  For any questions regarding the teen program, please contact Carlos Malvarez via email at cmalvarez@townofsurfsidefl.gov 
 

A Little Something for the Kids

Don’t’ Worry; Just Do it” 
April 4, 2020 at 11 a.m. - noon with Coach Beata
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/758807353
Meeting ID: 758 807 353
NO PASSWORD required 

What kids need for the class: couple of pieces of paper to write on, a trash can, a journal or notebook, pencil, pen, markers, a coin (a penny or a quarter) or an open mind. 

Beata – Transformational coach has been teaching CIJ Insight for Life for Kids and Teens Emotional Intelligence classes at Surfside Community Center. She was scheduled to teach them in collaboration with PEAR afterschool program in April. Should you need any additional information do not hesitate to contact Beata at beata2bnow@gmail.com or 305-489-3456.

Stuck at Home Podcast

Professional audio producers are asking kids to record mini podcast episodes using a smartphone, then send them in to create one big "Stuck At Home" podcast project.

'The Adventures of Surfy' Coloring Book
Help educate the kids on the many dangers faced by sea turtles including, Surfy, Surfside's most famous sea turtle! Download the coloring book.

Pelican Harbour Coloring Book
The Misadventures of Penelope the Pelican.

Online Learning Activities
The following links contain a wide-range of ideas for kid-friendly activities, as well as learning resources:

 

Activities to Stay Active 

With schools closed until further notice, the Surfside Parks and Recreation Department will be rolling out new activities to keep kids entertained and busy at home. 

 

Take an Offline Break 

  • Pick a destination you have never been to, research and then create a travel brochure
  • Build a fort with blankets and pillows
  • Play dress-up
  • Write a card or letter
  • Make a backyard obstacle course
  • Paint or draw
  • Bake cookies
  • Go for a walk, while keeping a safe social distance
  • Do a crossword puzzle

#SurfsideTogether Coloring Activity

Surfside residents Sheri Marron and her husband/artist David De Cespedes created a colorful activity that residents can do at home to promote a positive #SurfsideTogether message to kids and the community during this difficult time. Below are instructions and links to the activity sheets:

Instructions
(To print, color and hang in your window)

Inspired by the wonderful Surfside community, we created this drawing to color and post in windows across the town for a positive message to our kids. It’ll demonstrate to them and the community that we will get through this together. We will all see and support other families from a distance.  

SurfsideTogether Color Activity
Click Here for Activity

SurfsideTogether Color Activity example
Click Here for Example

If you have an idea for a simple arts & crafts project that you would like to us to share with the community, feel free to email us at communications@townofsurfsidefl.gov

Place #SurfsideTogether in the subject line and email us your name and the activity description. Our communications committee will select several to share on the Town’s website, via an e-blast and on Nextdoor.  

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