I’m happy to report that The Miami Beach Chamber is back in full swing and we have been assisting our members affected by Hurricane Irma since Thursday, September 13th. As a community, we were very fortunate to have been spared the brunt of the Hurricane Irma, but many businesses did suffer some damage. We at the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce have been working non-stop to make sure our community has the information and resources needed to continue their business operations. If you are a business owner and need any information or a contact for a specific service provider – we have established a Post Irma Business Directory with contact information for attorneys, insurance providers, restoration companies, contractors, plumbers, and electricians, to name a few.
For anyone seeking disaster relief, please visit www.disasterassistance.gov. The Disaster Assistance Improvement Program’s (DAIP) mission is to provide disaster survivors with information, support, services, and a means to access and apply for disaster assistance through joint data-sharing efforts between federal, tribal, state, local, and private sector partners. Additionally, Hurricane Irma victims in parts of Florida and elsewhere have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced. This includes an additional filing extension for taxpayers with valid extensions that run out on Oct. 16, and businesses with extensions that run out on Sept. 15.
Finally, It was amazing to see how many business owners stepped up to help our community rebuild. We would like to thank all the businesses that supported our first responders, city employees and organizations that are helping in recovery efforts in Miami Beach, which included (but not limited to): the Vintage Ice Cream Guys, Graspa Group, Hank & Harrys, My Ceviche, Wall, Shuckers and Mayas Grill to name a few. Additionally, we would like to acknowledge hotels like the Loews Miami Beach, the Clevelander, the Delano, SLS South Beach, Nautilus Hotel, the National, the Shelborne, South Beach Group, COMO and Menin Hospitality, which reduced their rates to take in residents without power.
In addition to the above important information, we at the Chamber encourage anyone who needs additional assistance to please log on to our website at www.miamibeachchamber.com and check out our membership directory which has members listed by their business category who can also offer professional assistance. If you have any questions or need any information, please let us know by calling 305-674-1300.
President & CEO