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The Frost Museum of Science finally opened in May, and oh man, it was worth the wait. 😍 The stunning addition to Museum Park has totally leveled up our museum scene, and it’s been packed since the first day. It’s on track to pass its 2017 visitor goals – a pretty big deal because for a long time we weren’t even sure if they would have the money to finish construction.

Opening a museum dedicated to science under a presidential administration that isn’t totally sure whether climate change is a thing felt a little rebellious. Miami Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said at the opening that Frost “stands for reason, common sense, and integrity” at a time when that is lacking in Washington. 🔥

Our favorite thing to do there is stop and gaze up into the 500,000-gallon aquarium tank filled with sharks and manta rays. 🤓

The City of Miami and Miami Beach held local elections in November. Neither of the mayor races were even close, but the elections were a pretty big deal.

The City of Miami voters approved a $400 million bond that would give the city money to spend on climate change resilience, affordable housing, and public works projects. Meanwhile, Miami Beach residents voted down a proposal to roll back Ocean Drive’s hours – a move that could have totally changed the vibe of the city if it passed.

We’re looking forward to seeing what Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber do with their new gigs.

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LOOKING AHEAD

We’re heading into 2018 with high hopes – we’ve got our eye on a bunch of exciting things, like Brightline and the food halls opening up all over the county.

What do you have your eye on in the new year? Hit reply to the newsletter and let us know.


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WHAT’S NEW IN THE 305

Hug it out. Last night new Marlins co-owner Derek Jeter held a town hall with fans, most of whom are pretty dang angry with him for trading away several star players within months of buying the team. But Jeter said he had no other options and asked fans to give him a chance to prove he knows what he’s doing. (Miami Herald)

Bro, but the caja chinas. WalletHub declared Hialeah the absolute worst city in the U.S. for celebrating Christmas. We call BS. Obviously the super scientific survey writers have never been to a Noche Buena celebration. (Miami New Times)

It’s official. In 2019, the Miami Open tennis tournament is moving from its longtime home at Crandon Park to the Hard Rock Stadium, where the Dolphins play. (Miami Herald)

You forgot something. Joe Carollo, the new City of Miami District 3 commissioner, might have skipped a step during the race – like actually moving in to his apartment in the district. Candidates have to live in the district for at least a year before the filing deadline. Former opponent Alfie Leon believes that while Carollo leased the apartment in time, he moved there much later. He’s issued a subpoena for documents like electricity bills to prove it, and if he’s right, Carollo is OUT. Leon lost the race in the runoff. (Miami Herald)

Cause and effect. In the year since “wet foot, dry foot” was repealed, the number of Cubans trying to get to the U.S. has dropped sharply and the number of Cubans here with deportation orders has soared to 37,000. “Wet foot, dry foot” put Cubans who managed to reach dry land in the U.S. on a path to legal residency pretty much immediately. Now they’re in the same sitch as other immigrants. (Miami Herald)

mm-CHA mm-CHA mm-CHA. The lineup for Ultra 2018 is out. It includes the usual folks, like Afrojack and Armin van Buuren, but also some surprises, like the Chainsmokers. (Miami New Times)

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EVENTS

AROUND TOWN

🎸 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)

🍺 12/23: How the Beard Stole Noche Buena (Westchester)

🥁 12/24: Reggae Sundays (Wynwood)

🎄 12/24: A Muppet Christmas Carol and A Christmas Story (Design District)

🍜 12/25: Chrismukkuh Chinese Food Takeout Pop-up (Miami Beach)

🎸 12/26: Best of Backroom (Kendall)

GET IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT

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