Washington Avenue Business Improvement Districts goal is to bring about desirable improvements benefiting Washington Avenue as well as the City of Miami Beach. Our Improvements range from being simply cosmetic to significantly transformative.

We implement the vision of property and business owners' to provide a place where locals and tourists can enjoy life. We do this by offering services, advocating for the betterment of the avenue in areas such as safety, security, sanitation, as well as mediate, create, market and host events.

Please let us know if you encounter issues that oppose our direction such as potholes, broken streetlights, malfunctioning traffic signals, illegal dumping or other shortcomings. We desire to help keep WAVE cleaner than it might otherwise be, picking up trash left on sidewalks and streets and disposing of it in trash receptacles.

We believe that the aesthetic enhancement of WAVE streets and neighborhoods can attract more people to shop, work and live in the district. Therefore help by calling attention to the unsightly or blighted conditions adversely affecting businesses and property values will help this issue.

We aim to promote and expand district business activity, thereby creating more jobs and furthering economic vitality or revitalization.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, together we can conquer our dreams


Troy E. Wright
Executive Director
Washington Avenue Business Improvement District

Sidewalk Cafe Permit Information

Please submit your application thru the CSS Portal at

The CSS portal is relatively simple to navigate and additional logins can be created for any establishment.

Below is a quick step by step outline of how to apply. Once all the documents required to submit a complete application have been gathered, you are ready to apply for the ROW Permit-

Special Event Permit. Step 1. (if new to CSS the applicant must first create an account)

Step 2. Under Permits Icon, click “Apply for Permits Online”

Step 3. On the left-hand side, click “Show Categories”

Step 4. Under Categories, click “Public Works (34)”

Step 5. Scroll down until “Special Event” and click Apply

Step 6. “Add Location” is the address of the restaurant Follow the steps and under “Attachments” the following must be submitted: Application signed Business Tax Receipt (BTR) COI Site Plan (to scale).

Here is the Restaurant Outdoor Seating Permit Application Checklist. Click here for checklist

The application is:REQUIRED FOR ALL RESTAURANT OUTDOOR SEATING FREE TO SUBMIT NO COST FOR PERMIT Helpful tips to submit the application easily and quickly:

TIP - when designing remember to write on the drawing a separation of 6ft from the back of each chair. The design does not have to be by CAD. you can draw it yourself.

Use Phone APP GOOGLE STREET VIEW to screenshot a high-quality visual of the front of your restaurant & quickly draw in a seating site plan - this can be a simple drawing just be sure to show the social distancing rules between tables.

Put everything you desire to be on the street in application while it is free...umbrellas, planters, ect.

Please don't hesitate to let us know if you have any additional questions! My personal number is 305-916-0779

Troy E. Wright



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Washington Avenue Business
Brings Meals to Mount Sinai ER Staff
During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.

Special thanks to long-time Owner Ray Schnitzer 11th Street Diner Miami Beach



Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security


March 17, 2020
As you probably have already seen the County Mayor has ordered the closure of the following types of businesses:

Food service establishments
Movie theaters
Fitness studios
Bowling alleys
Concert houses
Restaurant kitchens (may remain open for takeout and delivery)

The following businesses are not included in this order and are encouraged to remain open:
Grocery stores
Gas Stations
Convenience stores

This order is effective as of 11pm today (March 17th).   (MIAMI BEACH ORDER IS EFFECTIVE AS OF 10 P.M. TODAY)

Business Loans
Miami Beach TV - Free Spot
‍March 16, 2020

As of 4:00 pm today
Attached please find additional Emergency Measures enacted today by the City Manager. These take effect March 17, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. and are effective through March 19, 2020. 

Restaurant kitchens will be permitted to continue their operations after 10:00 p.m until midnight for food delivery services only. 

Additional measures include sidewalk cafes are now required to either reduce their capacity by 50%, or to a maximum of 50 persons, whichever is less.   If your business is permitted to have 500 or more it must be reduced to 249 persons. 

Food deliveries will extend until midnight. 

(Lyft & Uber) can drop your employees off and pick them up from work. Trolley will continue to run on Full Schedule. 

Building Permit – There will be a drop off on the 1st floor of the City of Miami Beach Building The city will process the information and get back with you at a later date.

What You Need to Know to Prepare for the Possibility of a Coronavirus Outbreak

What You Need to Know to Prepare for the Possibility of a Coronavirus Outbreak
As of today, there are no presumed cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) in South Florida.  Even so, the City of Miami Beach is doing as much as possible to prepare our organization for the possibility that the coronavirus could find its way to our community.

City Preparations Our Emergency Management Division is holding daily briefings with State, County, local medical professionals and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to monitor the situation so that the most up to date information will be provided to you in a timely manner. Our Property Management Department is working with our janitorial contractors to change from our current “green” cleaning solutions to those that are stronger disinfectants.The City Manager has appointed ACM Alina Tejeda Hudak to lead the City’s efforts on this emergency. Ms. Hudak led Miami-Dade County’s operations during the Zika outbreak in 2016.

Precautions Wash your hands with soap and water frequently during the day. Avoid touching your face, nose or mouth.Avoid individuals who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.Don’t go to work if you are sick. Make sure your work area is clean and hygienic, wipe telephones and keyboard with disinfectant daily. For individuals that work with the general public, if you are confronted with anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms (fever and respiratory) and they have recently traveled to one of the affected countries, then the person should be isolated and a call placed immediately to 911 for EMS to respond. Personal Planning Should the virus appear in or near Miami Beach or even in your home community, decisions could be made to close schools, daycare facilities, etc.  

Make plans now to decide how you and your family will address these potential realities.Because of potential disruptions in supply chains, you may want to make sure you have adequate medications, non-perishable food for two weeks, food for pets and batteries, etc.

Travel The City will comply with all Local, State and Federal guidelines regarding travel bans or restrictions should they be issued. Travel to affected areas may be restricted for domestic and international sites during the period of the pandemic.Keep in mind, high -risk areas will change almost daily as new areas become affected.There is a good chance that tourist destinations will be closed, and you could be quarantined at your destination and/or upon your return. If you do decide to travel, be sure to comply with all local restrictions on travel, movement or large gatherings. The most current information on travel advisories from the World Health Organization (WHO) can be found at: More information Stay up to date with the most current information. Bookmark the sites below for the WHO and the CDC: If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at the number below.


Thank you,



Each week the Washington Avenue Business Improvement District will send an email campaign to promote business specials. The special will go out at the same time and allow customers an opportunity to visit your venue.

All submission must be made 1 week in advance. The submit date is the Monday no later than 12:00 pm of each week.



Please refer to our coronavirus update page located on our  Washington Avenue Business Improvement website to stay informed on all the up to date information and resources to help your businesses during this global event. Please email any corona virus related questions directly to me at

Below are the available resources to assist you or those you know with business recovery efforts at this time:

The U.S. Small Business Administration: The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) offer up to $2 million in assistance for eligible small businesses. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue driven by COVID-19’s impact. Activation of EIDL in Florida is still in process. 

For more information please visit: 

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program: The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently offering short-term,interest-free working capital loans that are intended to “bridge the gap” andare available to small business owners located in all Florida countiesstatewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19. For more information please visit: 

Mom and Pop Small Business Grants: Small business grant opportunities through Miami Dade County’s Commissioner Eileen Higgins or Commissioner Sally Heyman's office.  For more information please visit: 

Emergency Business Damage Assessment Survey: Managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), the Business Damage Assessment Survey evaluates businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus is having on the local economy. The information gathered allows State Government to fully assess the comprehensive impact COVID-19 ishaving on Florida businesses and industries, then mobilize the appropriate resources to help alleviate those pressures.  For more information please visit: USBG BartenderEmergency

Assistance Program
This is a fantastic resource for bartenders and servers here in Miami Beach, and something employers should make them aware of to help them get through unpaid time off.For more information please visit:      

Restaurant Resources:
National Restaurant Association National Restaurant Association sends recovery and relief proposal to White House, projectseconomic impact of at least $225 billion and 5-7 million job losses.

FREE Restaurant/Bar Advertising in Miami Beach from The Beach Channel The Beach Channel is stepping up to help get the word out about your take-out and delivery during this mandatory shutdown.

The Beach Channel will be offering free advertisement to any restaurants in the Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe county area that are offering delivery or take-out.All restaurants in one of these three counties that offers delivery or pick-up are eligible. The advertisement will be run on the new Beach Channel app . It will also be featured on The Beach Channel live stream, which can be watched on the app or online at the

Free Ad – Miami Beach Life Mag  Miami Beach life Mag is offering Free business ads in the month of March. Email for more information. 

 To apply for the Short Time Compensation Program (required for employees to submit a re-employment claim) For more information please visit:   

March 17, 2020

The State of Florida Emergency Bridge Loan Program has been activated.  

The application period is from today (March 17th) until May 8, 2020.  

The program will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury from COVID-19.  

Applications will be accepted by qualified for-profit, privately held small businesses that maintain a place of business in the state of Florida. All qualified applicants must have been established prior to March 9, 2020. Qualified small business applicants must be an employer business with 2 to 100 employees.

This loan program will provide up to $50,000 per eligible small business.  Loans of up to $100,000 may be made in special cases as warranted by the need of the eligible small business.  The term limit of this loan is one year .  Complete details on this program and how to apply are available at:

It probably doesn't make that big of a difference for the state either way, but it may make a big difference for a company that is having problems with cash flow.

Mar 16, 2020 10:40 pm ET | Updated Mar 16, 2020 11:11 pm ET

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the state is making available "bridge loans" of up to $50,000 for small businesses affected by the outbreak. The program is open to businesses with between two and 100 employees.

"We think this is obviously something that's affecting the economy," DeSantis said. "We hope this is not something that affects the economy infinitum, that it's relatively short."

The one-year loans will carry a zero percent fixed rate with no pre-payment penalty, according to the governor.

"The problem is, if you're in some of these industries that are really getting hit, you have a cash flow issue, particularly if you have tight margins," he said. " This is a way to kind of keep people afloat, and then we get on the other side of this, hopefully, we'll be able to get back to business as usual."

In addition to the $50 million loan package, DeSantis said he asked the U.S. Small Business Administration to make available small business loans for Florida businesses. He also directed the Florida Department of Revenue to provide flexibility on tax deadlines for businesses.

"Some of these corporate income tax payments can be deferred until the end of the fiscal year," he said. "

It probably doesn't make that big of a difference for the state either way, but it may make a big difference for a company that is having problems with cash flow.


Free advertisement for restaurants that are delivering.


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The BID will be sending out promotional information regarding all businesses allowed to be open during this time. Please let us know your status by contacting

In order to adequately support all businesses on Washington Avenue please make sure that your business is registered as a location that will deliver food & beverage. If you don't know if you are registered please take a minute and sign up now.

The information will be given to the City of Miami Beach as a confirmation of operation during this time.

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  Steps Washington Avenue Improvement District BID)Takes to Reduce Workers’ Risk of Exposure to COVID-19  

This section describes basic steps that the BID can takes to reduce the risk of worker exposure to COVID-19, the virus that causes COVID-19,in their workplace. Later sections of this guidance—including those focusing on jobs classified as having low, medium, high, and very high exposure risks—provide specific recommendations for the BID and workers within specific risk categories.   

The BID stays abreast of guidance from federal, state,local, tribal, and/or territorial health agencies, and consider how to incorporate those recommendations and resources into workplace-specific plans.

Our plan  address the level(s) of risk associated with various worksites and job tasks workers perform at those sites. Such considerations may include: ■ Where, how, and to what sources of COVID-19 might workers be exposed, including: { The general public, customers, and coworkers; and { Sick individuals or those at particularly high risk of infection (e.g., international travelers who have visited locations with widespread sustained (ongoing) COVID-19 transmission workers who have had unprotected exposures to people known to have, or suspected of having,COVID-19).

■ Non-occupational risk factors at home and in community settings.    

■ The BID considers workers’ individual risk factors (e.g., older age; presence of chronic medical conditions, including immunocompromising conditions; pregnancy).
■ The BID controls necessary to address those risks. Follow federal and state, local, tribal, and/or territorial (SLTT) recommendations regarding development of contingency plans for situations that may arise as a result of outbreaks, such as:
■ Increased rates of worker absenteeism.
■ The need for social distancing,staggered work shifts, downsizing operations, delivering services remotely, and other exposure-reducing measures.
■ Options for conducting essential operations with a reduced workforce, including cross-training workers across different jobs in order to continue operations or deliver surge services.
■ Interrupted supply chains or delayed deliveries. We also consider and address the other steps that BIDs can take to reduce the risk of worker exposure to COVID-19in their workplace,described in the sections below.

Prepare to Implement Basic Infection Prevention Measures For most BIDs, protecting workers will depend on emphasizing basic infection prevention measures.  As appropriate, all BID businesses should implement good hygiene and infection control practices, including:
■ Promote frequent and thorough handwashing, including by providing workers, customers, and worksite visitors with a place to wash their hands. If soap and running water are not immediately available, provide alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60% alcohol.
■ Encourage workers to stay home if they are sick.
■ Encourage respiratory etiquette,including covering coughs and sneezes.  

■ Provide customers and the public with tissues and trash receptacles.
■ BIDs explores whether they can establish policies and practices, such as flexible worksites (e.g.,telecommuting) and flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts), to increase the physical distance among employees and between employees and others if state and local health authorities recommend the use of social distancing strategies.
■ Discourage workers from using other workers’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible.
■ Maintain regular housekeeping practices, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, equipment,and other elements of the work environment.

When choosing cleaning chemicals, BIDsconsults information on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approveddisinfectant labels with claims against emerging viral pathogens.

Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. The BID follows themanufacturer’s instructions for use of all cleaning and disinfection products(e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, PPE).

DevelopPolicies and Procedures for Prompt Identification and Isolation of Sick People,if Appropriate
■ Prompt identification and is olationof potentially infectious individuals is a critical step in protecting workers,customers, visitors, and others at a worksite.
■ BIDs informs and encourage employees to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 if they suspect possible exposure.
■ BIDs developed policies and procedures for employees to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.  

■ Where appropriate, BIDs policies and procedures for immediately isolating people who have signs and/or symptoms of COVID-19, and train workers to implement them. Move potentially infectious people to a location away from workers, customers, and other visitors.

Although most worksites do not have specific isolation rooms, designated areas with closable doors may serve as isolation rooms until potentially sick people can be removed from the worksite.
■ Take steps to limit spread of the respiratory secretions of a person who may have COVID-19. Provide a face mask,if feasible and available, and ask the person to wear it, if tolerated.  Note: A face mask (also called a surgical mask, procedure mask, or other similar terms) on a patient or other sick person should not be confused with PPE for a worker; the mask acts to contain potentially infectious respiratory secretions at the source (i.e., the person’s nose and mouth).
■ If possible, isolate people suspected of having COVID-19 separately from those with confirmed cases of the virus to prevent further transmission—particularly in worksites where medical screening, triage, or healthcare activities occur, using either permanent(e.g., wall/different room) or temporary barrier (e.g., plastic sheeting).
■ Restrict the number of personnel entering isolation areas.
■ Protect workers in close contact with (i.e., within 6 feet of) a sick person or who have prolonged/repeated contact with such persons by using additional engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices, and PPE. Workers whose activities involve close or prolonged/ repeated contact with sick people are addressed further in later sections covering workplaces classified at medium and very high or highexposure risk.

Develop, Implement, and Communicate about Workplace Flexibilities and Protections
■ Actively encourage sick employees to stay home.
■ Ensure that sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance and that employees area ware of these policies.
■ Talk with companies that provide your business with contract or temporary employees about the importance of sick employees staying home and encourage them to develop non-punitive leave policies.
■ Do not require a healthcare provider’s note for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness or to return to work, as healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely way.
■ Maintain flexible policies that permit employees to stay home to care for a sick family member. BIDs should be aware that more employees may need to stay at home to care for sick children or other sick family members than is usual.
■ Recognize that workers with ill family members may need to stay home to care for them. See CDC’s Interim Guidance for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Homes and Residential Communities:
■ Be aware of workers’ concerns about pay, leave, safety, health, and other issues that may arise during infectious disease outbreaks. Provide adequate, usable, and appropriate training,education, and informational material about business-essential job functions and worker health and safety, including proper hygiene practices and the use of any workplace controls (including PPE). Informed workers who feel safe at work are less likely to be unnecessarily absent.  

■ Installing a drive-through window for customer service.
■ Specialized negative pressure ventilation in some settings, such as for aerosol generating procedures (e.g.,airborne infection isolation rooms in healthcare settings and specialized autopsy suites in mortuary settings). Administrative Controls Administrative controls require action by the worker or BID.
Typically, administrative controls are changes in work policy or procedures to reduce or minimize exposure to a hazard. Examples of administrative controls for COVID-19include:
■ Encouraging sick workers to stay at home.
■ Minimizing contact among workers,clients, and customers by replacing face-to-face meetings with virtual communications and implementing telework if feasible.
■ Establishing alternating days or extra shifts that reduce the total number of employees in a facility at a given time, allowing them to maintain distance from one another while maintaining a full onsite work week.
■ Discontinuing nonessential travel to locations with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks. Regularly check CDC travel warning levels at:
■ Developing emergency communications plans, including a forum for answering workers’ concerns and internet-basedcommunications, if feasible.
■ Providing workers with up-to-dateeducation and training on COVID-19 risk factors and protective behaviors (e.g.,cough etiquette and care of PPE).
■ Training workers who need to use protecting clothing and equipment how to put it on, use/wear it, and take it off correctly, including in the context of their current and potential duties.Training material should be easy to understand and available in the appropriatelanguage and literacy level for all workers.   

■ Consistently and properly worn when required.
■ Regularly inspected, maintained,and replaced, as necessary.
■ Properly removed, cleaned, and stored or disposed of, as applicable, to avoid contamination of self, others,or the environment. BIDs are obligated to provide their workers with PPE needed to keep them safe while performing their jobs.
■ When disposable N95 filtering facepiece respirators are not available, consider using other respirators that provide greater protection and improve worker comfort. Other types of acceptable respirators include: a R/P95, N/R/P99, or N/R/P100 filtering face piece respirator; an air-purifying elastomeric (e.g., half-face or full-face)respirator with appropriate filters or cartridges; powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) with high-efficiency particulate arrestance (HEPA) filter; or supplied air respirator (SAR).


Medium Exposure Risk What to Do to Protect Workers For workers who do not have frequent contact with the general public, BIDs should follow the guidance for  “Steps All BIDs Can Take to Reduce Workers’ Risk of Exposure to SARS-CoV-2,” BIDs should ensure that engineering controls, if any, used to protect workers from other job hazards continue to function as intended.GUIDANCE ON PREPARING WORKPLACES FOR COVID-19 2 1 Administrative Controls ■ Monitor public health communications about COVID-19 recommendations and ensure that workers have access to that information. Frequently check the CDC COVID-19 website: ■Collaborate with workers to designate effective means of communicating important COVID-19 information. Personal Protective Equipment Additional PPE is not recommended for workers in the lower exposure risk group. Workers should continue to use the PPE, if any, that they would ordinarily use for other job tasks. Jobs Classified at Medium Exposure Risk: What to Do to Protect Workers In workplaces where workers have medium exposure risk, BIDs should follow the guidance for “Steps All BIDs Can Take to Reduce Workers’ Risk of Exposure toSARS-CoV-2,” on page 7 of this booklet and implement control measures described in this section. Engineering Controls ■ Install physical barriers, such as clear plastic sneeze guards, where feasible. Administrative Controls ■ Consider offering face masks to ill employees and customers to contain respiratory secretions until they are able leave the workplace (i.e., for medical evaluation/care or to return home). Inthe event of a shortage of masks, a reusable face shield that can be decontaminated may be an acceptable method of protecting against droplet transmission.

See CDC/ NIOSH guidance for optimizing respirator supplies, which discusses the use of surgical masks, at:

■ Keep customers informed about symptoms of COVID-19 and ask sick customers to minimize contact with workers until healthy again, such as by posting signs about COVID-19 in stores wheresick customers may visit (e.g., pharmacies) or including COVID-19 information in automated messages sent when prescriptions are ready for pick up.
■ Where appropriate, limit customers’ and the public’s access to the worksite, or restrict access to only certain workplace areas.
■ Consider strategies to minimizeface-to-face contact (e.g., drive through windows, phone-based communication,telework).
■ Communicate the availability of medical screening or other worker health resources (e.g., on-site nurse;telemedicine services).  

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) When selecting PPE,consider factors such as function, fit, decontamination ability, disposal, andcost. Sometimes, when PPE will have to be used repeatedly for a long period of time, a more expensive and durable type of PPE may be less expensive overall than disposable PPE. Each BID should select the combination of PPE that protects workers specific to their workplace. Workers with medium exposure risk may need to wear some combination of gloves, a gown, a face mask, and/or a face shield or goggles. PPE ensembles for workers in the medium exposure risk category will vary by work task, the results of the BID’s hazard assessment,and the types of exposures workers have on the job. High exposure risk jobs are those with high potential for exposure to known or suspected sources of COVID-19. Very high exposure risk jobs are those with high potential for exposure to known or suspected sources of COVID-19 during specific medical,postmortem, or laboratory procedures that involve aerosol generation or specimen collection/ handling.  

GUIDANCE ON PREPARING WORKPLACES FOR COVID-19 2 3 In rare situations that would require workers in this risk category to use respirators,see the PPE section beginning on page 14 of this booklet, which provides more details about respirators.

For the most up-to-date information, visit OSHA’sCOVID-19 webpage:  

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