Zika Update: Educational Information

Educational Information for our Visitors, Residents & Employees

Greater Miami and The Beaches Travel and Tourism Industry

Due to a small cluster outbreak of locally-acquired Zika, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an advisory for pregnant women traveling to a small neighborhood in Miami-Dade County. The area under investigation is approximately one square mile of Miami-Dade County’s more than 2,400 square miles in the area north of Downtown Miami between Biscayne Boulevard to the east; NW 5th Avenue to the west; 20th Street on the south; and 38th Street on the North. For more information and daily updates, visit http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/travel-advisory-information

Please see below and linked useful information from Miami Dade County Mosquito Control Operations Solid Waste Management Department and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for your staff to share with our visitors, residents & employees. This information is both in English and Spanish.

Florida Department of Health Miami Dade County: http://miamidade.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/infectious-disease-services/disease-control/disease-control-general-information.html

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html

Enjoy Your Vacation Flyer:
For English Version please click here and for Spanish please click here.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as it evolves. However, we would also like to know if you are experiencing any disruptions in business or cancellations because of the situation. Please email Partner@GMCVB.com any details you can provide and feel free to forward any emails that you may be receiving from your customers, be it for leisure or group.

William D. Talbert III, CDME
President & CEO
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Wendy Kallergis
President & CEO
Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association



City of Miami Beach Zika Update: Ongoing Mosquito Control 10.14.16


Thanks to the ongoing efforts of the City and the County, we have already begun seeing much lower mosquito counts citywide. As we enter the cooler months of the year and start to see temperatures dropping, it will only further the reduction of the mosquito population. We continue to work closely with the County to take all preventative measures to reduce mosquito borne illnesses.

Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control continues to deploy Buffalo Turbine trucks to perform

preventative spraying, below is a schedule for the City of Miami Beach:

  • Mondays: 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14 & 11/21: 2:00 AM to 5:30 AM
    • West of Washington Avenue to the Bay from 8 ST to 29 ST (Larvicide)
  • Tuesdays: 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22 & 11/29: 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM
    • East of Washington Avenue to the Ocean from South Pointe to 29 ST (Larvicide)
  • Wednesdays: 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/23 & 11/30: 2:30 AM to 5:30 AM
    • 69 ST to 87 Terr from the Ocean to the Bay (Larvicide)
  • Thursdays: 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17 & 11/24: 12:00 AM to 5:30 AM
    • 29 ST to 69 ST from the Ocean to the Bay (Larvicide)
  • Fridays: 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18 & 11/25: 2:30 AM to 5:30 AM
    • Islands along the MacArthur and Venetian Causeway (Larvicide)
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10/15 and 10/16: 12:00 AM to 5:30 AM
    • 29 ST to 69 ST from the Ocean to the Bay (Adulticide)

It is important to note that there will be no naled sprayed from these trucks. 

These state-of-the-art trucks provide greater uniformed ground coverage to effectively target breeding areas and reduce the mosquito population. They do so by applying Baccillus Thuringiensis Israelensis (Bti) – an environmentally-friendly, organic material.

Bti is a naturally occurring soil bacterium that works by destroying the digestive system of mosquito larvae. Bti specifically targets only the larvae of mosquitoes, fungus gnats and blackflies. According to the U.S. EPA, “Bti has no toxicity to people, so it can be applied safely to mosquito habitat without a detrimental impact on food crops or water supplies. In fact, Bti can be used for pest control in organic farming operations.” Click here for the EPA fact sheet on Bti. As a reminder, if you find residue on your cars, it comes off with soap and water, or a regular car wash.

While the trucks are a great tool in the mosquito mitigation efforts, they do mimic the sound of a lawn mower. Please do not be alarmed when you hear them.

We greatly appreciate the County’s efforts in helping rid Miami Beach of the Zika virus.

“My Mother’s Cookbook: Freshly Real” by GMBHA Sustainable Hospitality Council Chair Nancy Scanlon

My dear friend and GMBHA Sustainable Hospitality Council Chair, Nancy Scanlon, PhD CHE, Associate Professor; School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, FIU published a cookbook of her mother’s recipes that can be downloaded on iBooks. A portion of the proceeds of the book will benefit The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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For more information, please visit the following websites:

Facebook: My Mother’s Cookbook Freshly Real

Blog: mymotherscookbookfreshlyreal.blogspot.com

Fundraising Page: chop.donordrive.com/campaign/mymotherscookbookfreshlyreal

Available on iBooks now: My Mother’s Cookbook: Freshly Real 

GMBHA Participates in Chapman Partnership for the Homeless TOP (The Opportunities Program) with MDCPS and MDC Hospitality Institute

We spent the afternoon together with a group of 20 plus kids teaching them hospitality to include cooking and healthy eating!

The program is offered to kids living at Chapman and attending MDCPS. Many of the kids were very interested in becoming chefs thanks to Chef Steve and Coach Frank at Miami Dade College’s Culinary Institute and Hospitality Institute