2021 Miami Beach Voter's Guide

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

2021 Miami Beach Voter's Guide:

Information on ballot questions, how and where to vote

While RE:MiamiBeach does not cover politics, we do cover issues that make their way onto the ballot. This year, there are two binding referendums regarding an expansion of the Holocaust Memorial and extending the lease for Smith and Wollensky’s in South Pointe Park and two non-binding straw ballot questions including a 2 am alcohol sales and consumption cut-off citywide and a 1% Homeless and Domestic Violence tax. We take a look at each one below.

A few notes: RE:MiamiBeach reached out to various neighborhood and other associations for their positions on the ballot measures. If they’ve indicated a position, it is included. If they decided not to take a position, if they didn’t respond, or if they’ve not taken a position as of yet, they are not mentioned.

This guide will be updated if new information becomes available so check back. And, if you know of a position that is not included, please email info@remiamibeach.com along with an organization contact so we may include it. [Last updated October 12, 9:00 am]

Important information

Early voting:    Monday, October 18 through Sunday October 31
Where:              Miami Beach City Hall and North Shore Branch Library

Deadline to request Vote-by-Mail ballot: Saturday, October 23 at 5 pm is the deadline for the Miami-Dade County Elections Department to receive requests for mail-in ballots. Note: This is receipt of request, not a postmark deadline.

Deadline for Receipt of Mail-in Ballots: Tuesday, November 2 at 7 pm is the deadline by which the Miami-Dade County Elections Department must receive a completed Vote-by-Mail ballot. Again, this is receipt, not postmark deadline. If submitting on Election Day, these may be dropped off either at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department’s Main Office at 2700 NW 87th Avenue in Miami or at the Voter Information Center located in the lobby of the Stephen P. Clark Center at 111 NW 1st Street in Miami.

Ballots may be mailed via U.S. Postal Service or dropped off at early voting locations listed above or at the Elections Department or Stephen P. Clark Center, addresses noted above.

Election Day: Tuesday, November 2. Polls open from 7 am to 7 pm.
To check your voting precinct, contact the Miami-Dade County Elections Department at 305.499.VOTE [8683] or 305.499.8480 (TTY), or visit their website at www.iamelectionready.org and select “Vote on Election Day.”

These are highlights of important information. For complete info, visit www.votemiamibeach.com

2021 Ballot Measures

2021 Miami Beach Referendum 1: Allow Holocaust Memorial to Expand?
Lease amendment would provide ability to construct new learning center

This question relates to expansion of the Holocaust Memorial at Dade Boulevard and Meridian Avenue. The memorial is on City-owned land leased to the Greater Miami Jewish Federation until 2099. The Federation operates and maintains the property as part of the lease agreement. This ballot question asks if the City should extend the lease for 21 years and expand it to include an adjacent surface parking lot for construction of a small learning center. Read more here.
2021 Miami Beach Referendum 2: Extend Smith and Wollensky Lease for South Pointe Park?
Restaurant lease expires in 2025, extension would run through 2045

This question relates to the lease for Smith and Wollensky which operates a waterfront restaurant on City-owned property in South Pointe Park. The current lease expires in November of 2025. The extension, which would run through 2045 if approved, includes certain requirements related to restaurant upgrades, guaranteed rent, and installation of a park security gate. Read more here.
2021 Miami Beach Straw Ballot Question 1: Roll Back Alcohol Sales/Consumption Time?
Non-binding question asks 5 am or 2 am?

Non-binding straw poll relating to the end time for alcohol sales and consumption citywide. The straw poll is designed to get voter opinion on rolling back hours from 5 am to 2 am, allowing the Mayor and Commissioners to determine policy changes based on the results. Originally the question related only to the City’s South Beach Entertainment District (MXE) but after concerns were raised about an earlier closing time there pushing the party into other areas, including residential neighborhoods, Commissioners decided to ask about a citywide rollback. Read more here.
2021 Miami Beach Straw Ballot Question 2: Urge 1% tax for Homeless Assistance/Domestic Violence Centers?
Non-binding question asks if City should urge the State to allow collection on certain food and beverage consumption

Non-binding straw poll to seek voter opinion on if the City should ask the State Legislature to allow Miami-Dade County to collect a 1% Homeless and Domestic Violence Tax on food and beverages consumed on-premises in certain establishments. Miami Beach is one of three municipalities exempt from the tax because it collects resort tax on these purchases. Read more here.

Image at top, courtesy City of Miami Beach