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For Hurricanes fans, 2017 will go down as the year The U got its swagger back. They almost went undefeated and absolutely CRUSHED Notre Dame, putting to rest all that Catholic vs. Convicts business.
And then there was the turnover chain, that flashy, 5.5-pound piece of neck bling symbolizing our football domination. Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz began giving it to players at the beginning of the season for interceptions and fumble recoveries. Pretty soon the chain had Instagram accounts, t-shirts, and copy-cat chains all over the 305.
The last game of the season, the Orange Bowl game against Wisconsin, goes down on Dec. 30, but we’ll remember the turnover chain season for years.
GOALLL. The Major League Soccer Board of Governors gave a thumbs up to David Beckham’s new ownership group, which is a big step forward in his quest to bring an MLS team to Miami. Last week Beckham added Miami bigwigs Jorge and Jose Mas to the group, and now it looks like Beckham could get the official OK by the end of January. (Miami Herald)
YAAAAS KWEEN. The Palace has reopened in its new spot at 11th Street and Ocean Drive, and yes, the drag brunch is also back. (Miami New Times)
The next SoBe? The preservation and restoration of South Beach’s pastel Art Deco buildings helped turn the neighborhood into the hot spot it is today. Now North Beach is hoping to do the same. Miami Beach just gave the initial OK to protect more than 200 buildings in the neighborhood built in the MiMo (Miami Modern) style. The final vote happens in January. (Miami Herald)
Get busy Bondi. Floridians filed 7,500 complaints about price gouging during Hurricane Irma, but only one place, a hotel near Miami International Airport, has been fined. Attorney General Pam Bondi says we just need to be patient. We’re waiting… (Miami Herald)
#Adulting. According to real estate website Zillow, nearly half of adults in the 305 have to share their spot with a roommate because the rent is too damn high. Chore charts for life, basically. (Miami New Times)
Resist. The City of Miami’s five commissioners and mayor voted for a resolution urging Washington to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians and Central Americans and figure out a way for Dreamers to stay in the U.S. Last month the Trump administration announced it would end TPS for Haitians in July 2019. “This city, its strength is in its inclusiveness and diversity,” Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said. (WLRN)
Get outta here. FIU is suspending all Greek life on campus for at least one month while it determines whether the frat system can manage to stick to its goals of bonding and leadership and root out sexual impropriety and dangerous hazing. Earlier this year one of FIU’s frats, TKE, was suspended after it was caught sending around rape jokes, non-consensual naked photos, and other terrible things. (NBC 6, Miami Herald)
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🗣️ 12/19: the creative chapter [lululemon + jenny perez] (South Beach)
🎸 12/20: Cody Smyth in Conversation with Lolo Reskin (Coral Gables)
🍺 12/21: Brickell City Biergarten (Brickell)
🎤 12/21: One Year R&BaeVersary Party (Wynwood)
🛍️ 12/21-12/23: Support Local Market at the Yard (Wynwood)
🎸 12/22: PALO! at Ball and Chain (Little Havana)
🎤 12/23: Yoli Mayor Holiday Concert at the Yard (Wynwood)
🥁 12/24: Reggae Sundays (Wynwood)
🥡 12/25: Chrismukkuh Chinese Food Takeout Pop-up (Miami Beach)
🎸 12/26: Best of Backroom (Kendall)