The City of Miami Beach is asking its residents to shine a light for Surfside in remembrance of the victims and as a show of support for their families and the first responders still conducting a search and rescue mission at the site of the Champlain Towers South which collapsed more than a week ago. On July 4 at 9:00 pm, the City asks residents to shine a candle, a flashlight, “anything you have available – and stand outside for a moment of remembrance. This small acknowledgment is meant to pay tribute to all of the Surfside victims, their families and first responders involved in this horrific tragedy.”
Meanwhile, the City and other local organizations have cancelled Fourth of July festivities out of respect for the victims and their families.
The Fire on the Fourth fireworks celebration in North Beach will not take place this year and the Rhythm Foundation has cancelled all holiday weekend programming and either postponed or moved its July events.
Some of Miami Beach’s North Beach facilities are being used to support the search and rescue effort in Surfside. The Champlain Towers South site is just over the City’s northern border on Collins Avenue. North Beach Oceanside Park is the site of a “Command Village” for organizations involved in the search and rescue and the Bandshell is also being used to support the relief efforts. Officials say 22 people perished in the building collapse and 126 are still unaccounted for.
Other organizations also cancelled their events including the Lincoln Road Business Improvement District and the Ocean Drive Association.
Updated July 3, 6:30 am to reflect up-to-date number of victims and unaccounted for.
Though Fourth of July Activities are Cancelled, Miami Beach is Lighting Up the Night for Surfside:
Residents asked to show support for families and first responders