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Women across the U.S. have been breaking their silence on sexual harassment by powerful men. It’s happening in Florida, too. In October, it basically ended Rafael Velasquez’s campaign for Miami Beach commission – Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez accused him of exposing himself in a car with her. She was quickly backed up by a second accuser.

Then State Democratic Party Chair Stephen Bittel stepped down after being accused of creating an uncomfortable work environment for women. In Tallahassee, the uber powerful budget committee chairman Richard Latvala is embroiled in a scandal as well, with six women accusing him of harassment.

It’s only the beginning of what we hope will be a total rethink of the way women are treated in the workplace throughout Florida and the U.S.

Marlins fans had no love for former owner Jeff Loria. So we were pretty damn excited when a group led by Yankees star Derek Jeter and New York businessman Bruce Sherman bought the team in August. 🎉

But then the Marlins traded away MVP Giancarlo Stanton (a move The Ringer called a “baseball disgrace”), then stars Marcell Ozuna and Dee Gordon. Jeter said it had to be done. Fans are wondering what it means for the 25th anniversary season.

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WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305

Get on board. Transit nerds across the U.S. are watching as Brightline prepares to launch high-speed rail service between Miami and Palm Beach any day now. If Brightline takes off – and brings in enough money – it could totally transform the way we think about regional rail transit. (Curbed)

Crypto-bro. This Miami penthouse owner is selling his condo, and says he’ll only accept payment in Bitcoin. He’s asking 33 Bitcoin, which comes out to about $542,000. (Marketwatch)

That Oculus tho. When the Frost Museum of Science opened in May, it hoped to hit 750,000 visitors in the first year. As of Oct. 31 it had already hit 525,000, meaning it will way exceed that goal if the pace keeps up. The additional money is good for Miami-Dade County, which had to give the museum a $49 million bailout to help it finish construction. (Miami Herald)

Menace to society. We’ve been coexisting with SoFlo’s bright green iguanas for decades, but the population here is getting so big that the iguanas are taking over public parks, people’s backyards, and yes, our toilets. The state is finally looking at ways to get them under control. (Miami Herald)

Scary sci-fi. It’s the future no one wants to think about: what happens when a hurricane hits South Florida 20 years from now? A new book paints a scary picture: a 20-foot storm surge that forces Virginia Key to shut down its water treatment plant (meaning sewage gets dumped into the bay), sweeps Art Deco buildings off their foundations, and ruins electricity infrastructure with saltwater. Sounds pretty extreme to us, but we’ll be reading. (The Guardian)

“Sin luz.” Puerto Ricans are fleeing the island at a rate so fast that they’re expected to transform the demographic and political makeup of the state within just one election cycle. This stunning multimedia story looks at what it’s like for Puerto Ricans after almost three months without electricity and helps us understand why they’re leaving in such incredible numbers. (Washington Post)

YESSS. Shark Valley is officially open again, three months after flooding from Hurricane Irma forced it to close. (WLRN)

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EVENTS

AROUND TOWN

🗣️ 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)

🎷 12/29: Jazz at Moca x Miami Big Sound Orchestra (North Miami)


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WE’LL LEAVE YOU WITH A LIFE HACK.

If all the late-night holiday parties and wonky winter weather have you feeling a little “meh” … good news! Phuc Yea has a new “ghost restaurant” that will deliver piping hot pho – the chicken soup of 2017 – right to your door.


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