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