Miami Beach Commission Urged To Open Beach To Residents, Get Small Businesses Back To Work

…At the virtual meeting, the commission did not talk much about what a re-opening could look like. They’re expecting to see a plan at the end of the week.

“I think we need to think about reopening but I also think we need to think about the new normal. It’s not an event, it’s a process that’s going to last for months,” said Commissioner Mark Samuelian.

Next Friday, Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales is expected to unveil a framework of what a gradual or phased re-opening could look like.

April 22, 2020 | CBS Miami | Miami Beach Commission Urged To Open Beach To Residents, Get Small Businesses Back To Work

iHeartMedia interview with Mark Samuelian

Interview clip 1 on the plan of gradually reopening Miami Beach.

Interview clip 2 on the plan of gradually reopening Miami Beach.

Beach High twins’ 3D-printed face shields protect Jackson doctors, local officials

His brother Jonathan, the captain and entrepreneur of the robotics team, saw potential. He reached out to Miami Beach Commissioner Mark Samuelian and asked if face shields were something the city could use.

“As a team everyone wanted to make it but [we] didn’t want to make it until we knew who we were giving it to,” Jonathan said. “The same day we were working out how many were needed and when they needed it by. Once we started making the social media posts of the partnership with the city, now everybody’s seen it and everybody’s placing orders.”

Samuelian wore his face shield at a press conference with Gov. Ron DeSantis. He purchased the first round of shields.

“I was thrilled to wear it and I wanted to have it to be able to speak from a firsthand view of what these kids were doing,” Samuelian said. “It’s really wonderful.”

April 15, 2020 | Miami Herald | Beach High twins’ 3D-printed face shields protect Jackson doctors, local officials

Miami Beach partners with private clinic to offer in-home COVID-19 tests for seniors

Home-bound seniors in Miami Beach who show COVID-19 symptoms can now request in-home testing through a private clinic that has partnered with the city to make coronavirus tests available to residents ages 65 and up.

MedRite Urgent Care, which operates the only drive-thru COVID-19 testing center in Miami Beach, is expected to begin senior testing on Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to an email City Manager Jimmy Morales sent Wednesday to the mayor’s office.

“I am really pleased that the city has put this program forward,” said Commissioner Mark Samuelian. “Our seniors are a vital part of our community.”

April 9, 2020 | Miami Herald | Miami Beach partners with private clinic to offer in-home COVID-19 tests for seniors