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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

Sincerely

Troy E. Wright
Executive Director
Washington Avenue Business Improvement District
Twright@WashAve MB.com

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

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WAVE SURVIVAL GUIDE - COVID-19

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security

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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
Bars
Clubs
Movie theaters
Gymnasiums
Fitness studios
Bowling alleys
Concert houses
Playhouses
Arcades
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
Pharmacies
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)

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‍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. 

Transportation
(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:https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/ More information Stay up to date with the most current information. Bookmark the sites below for the WHO and the CDC: https://ww.who.int.emergencies/novel-coronavirus-2019  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at the number below.

305-916-07790

Thank you,

TROY E. WRIGHT

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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.
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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 Twright@Washavemb.com

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: https://www.sba.gov/ 

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: https://floridadisasterloan.org/ 

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: https://www.miamidade.gov/global/service.page?Mduid_service=ser1471548035447835 

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: https://floridadisaster.biz/ 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: https://www.usbgfoundation.org/covid-19-response      

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 beachchannel.tv

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

EMPLOYERS:
 To apply for the Short Time Compensation Program (required for employees to submit a re-employment claim) For more information please visit: http://floridajobs.org/office-directory/division-of-workforce-services/reemployment-assistance-programs.   

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: https://floridadisasterloan.org/

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.

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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.

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DELIVERY REGISTRATION

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 Jaclyn@washavemb.com

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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1234 Washington Avenue Suite 204
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