👋 I’m Grace, a Miami native, and while I’ve always been proud to rep the 305, it took moving across the country for college for me to really appreciate the magic of the Magic City. After graduating from Miami Palmetto Senior High, I attended the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism (Fight On!) and covered a March Madness run and Rose Bowl win as a social media intern in the athletic department. My next stop was the Crescent City, where I tweeted and ‘grammed for the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans. I moved back to Miami in 2018 and have been running my own sports marketing business, Douglas Digital, ever since.
Why the New Tropic:
I’ve been a subscriber since moving back to Miami (and a member for the last year – you should become one too!) and have always gotten a lot of value out of The New Tropic. Over the last couple of years, I’ve increasingly felt the need to get off the sideline (intentional use of a sports metaphor here) and take a more active role in guiding the direction our community is headed in. When the local director role opened up, it felt like the perfect opportunity for me to jump into action.
My memories of growing up in Miami:
Playing club soccer in the sweltering heat, holding on for dear life while tubing on Biscayne Bay, cheering on Josh Beckett at Pro Player Stadium and D Wade at the Triple-A, overnights at Camp Mahachee, Friday nights at The Falls, birthday parties at Gameworks or Super Wheels or Kendall Ice Arena, and ringing in the New Year at the King Mango Strut.
I also remember missing a lot of school during the 2005 hurricane season, counting construction cranes into the double-digits along the Brickell skyline, what it meant to be ground zero of the subprime mortgage crisis, and the days when you could pay less than $2,000/mo in rent for a waterview on Miami Beach (oh wait, that was only a year ago).
One more Miami memory… afternoons spent leaping into the canal at Snowdens. Alright, let me stop my trip down memory lane before I get too carried away.
Where you might run into me:
Catching a sunset at South Pointe Park, tailgating at Hard Rock Stadium, working out at DBC Fitness, walking along Lincoln Road or the Venetian Causeway, surfing or snorkeling off South Beach, hitting any dancefloor, or Terminal D at MIA (I do quite a bit of traveling).
Unpopular opinion, but… we need to stop building luxury high rises
If I had to give out an award for Miami’s best-hidden gem, it’d go to… the sea life hiding below the surface along the South Pointe/Government Cut jetty – amazing snorkeling you can access right from the beach!
A friend visits from out of town. I’m not letting them leave without trying… to eat their weight in Cuban food.
Miamians should pay more attention to… what’s going on in local government and the politics that actually affect our day-to-day.
Here’s how you can get in touch with me about stories, feedback and ideas:
Shoot me an email at [email protected], or hit me with a DM on any of our social media accounts: we’re @thenewtropic on Instagram and @newtropicmiami on Twitter and Facebook! Don’t hesitate to share your insights, photos, suggestions, comments, etc. Our readers make The New Tropic what it is, and I’m eager to hear from you. If you’re into sports, sunsets, and marine life, you’ll probably enjoy following me @just_dewitt13 on Twitter and Instagram too.