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Message from the Village of Key Biscayne | Thursday, March 26, 2020 PM Update

Message from the Village of Key Biscayne: Thursday, March 26, 2020 PM Update

Navigating Through COVID-19 as a Village

Please click on the link below for a video update from Chief Press.

VIDEO Message from Chief Press

Good Evening VKB Residents,

Here are some important updates:

Message Sign in Place. The Village has posted a virtual message sign toward the entrance of the Rickenbacker causeway stating Key Biscayne beaches and parks are closed. It’s a way of helping non-residents decide not to enter the Village.

Beach Tilling: Residents may notice beach tilling taking place today (March 26). As part of our beach nourishment permit with Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Village is required to perform annual beach tilling. Usually, this would happen later in the year, however there have been changes in Miami-Dade County with the turtle nesting requirements, so this work must be done now. Tilling equipment was delivered on Wednesday, and the tilling will be completed today (March 26). Equipment is operated by a single operator, and they will be leaving the Village as soon as it’s over.

More information sources! Sign-up and follow official Village information outlets to stay informed. Both are one more source to keep up with what’s happening during the COVID-19 incident.

Senior citizen or at risk concerns? The Village of Key Biscayne is facilitating senior and at risk assistance through a volunteer program in coordination with the Key Biscayne Community Foundation.

Key Biscayne public bathrooms have been closed pursuant to Miami-Dade County park and beach closure and to prevent unnecessary janitorial staff from coming into the island.

Help keep us all stay safe! We strongly encourage all residents and businesses to make every effort to restrict the need for off-island individuals to travel to and from the island.

Social distancing continues to be a behavior not fully adopted by all of us. We understand there is a learning curve to this new behavior and way of life. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus – continue to put distance between yourself and other people and let’s all lead by example. Here’s a great infographic from Florida Health on how to protect yourself from exposure. Be sure to practice social distancing yourselves! It is for your own safety, and a good example for residents.

Positive cases on the Key? As of this morning, the official state health authority Florida Department of Health (FDOH) report indicates eight positive COVID-19 cases on the Key. Data in this report are provisional and subject to change.

These may apply to you! Several Executive or Emergency orders have been invoked for the State. These may apply to you.

  • Emergency Order 10-20 was issued by Miami-Dade County, ordering that more than 10 people shall not gather in public.
  • Executive Order 20-83 issued by the State, directing high risk individuals, above the age of 65 and those with pre-existing conditions, to self-quarantine.

Testing sites: On Monday, March 23 the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens opened a drive-thru community based testing site for COVID-19 open to the general public. Testing is available daily from 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week to first responders who are or are not symptomatic, as well as people aged 65 or older with COVID-19 symptoms. ID is a requirement.

What’s open? If you wonder what is open on the Key? and, what is closed on the Key? review these two fact sheets.

Business or shopping concerns? In partnership with the Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce we are serving the needs and concerns of restaurants and local businesses on the Key.

Questions or concerns? It’s important that we know what you’re thinking. We’ve set up a central email account, where you can share your questions and concerns. We review all emails to identify issues or concerns that need to be addressed, which we then share with the entire community. But be assured, we won’t use your name.

We are the Key! While the roadmap in the coming days is uncertain, it is driven by our Village’s capacity for resilience and renewal in the face of unprecedented changes affecting our community. Key Biscayners are no strangers to difficult crises, and we are confident that, together, we will become even stronger.

Your Village of Key Biscayne

“The Village is executing an abundance of caution to PROTECT our community. We will continue to COMMUNICATE Village-wide efforts and take necessary ACTION to keep the Village of Key Biscayne safe and healthy.”