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All eyes on Irma

Hurricane Irma is looking bigger and badder every day. It surged to a Category 4 over the weekend, is expected to get even stronger in the next two daysand will begin affecting the Caribbean islands today.

Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for the whole state on Monday. TBD still how close it will get to South Florida, but even if it doesn’t hit us head on, we’ll probably feel some of the effects.

Get on that hurricane prep ASAP. Here’s our 101 on that. We recommend following meteorologist Bryan Norcross on Facebook – his updates are on point.

And don’t wait to buy those supplies – shelves of water are emptying out as fast as the stores can re-stock. Here’s a list of must-haves (which includes pudding cups 🤔). (Miami Herald, WSVN)

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The arts are taking over Downtown

DWNTWN Art Days is back this Friday (Hurricane Irma permitting) with a three-day fest of exhibitions, tours, and performances from local artists. There’s going to be more than 50 events all weekend (most of which are $free.99) all over downtown museums, studios, and public spaces.

Kick it off with Drink + Draw this Friday and let the cocktails help unleash your creative flow. Then check out events like ArtsLaunch2017 and ArtHackData fully immerse yourself in the art. Track all the happenings with the Art Days app, and ditch the car to let the trolley and Metromover move you around town.

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What's New In The 305

Split. President Trump is expected to end DACA today, which protects undocumented immigrants who came here as children from deportation and allows them to do things like get work permits. Gov. Rick Scott had some words about that: “I do not favor punishing children for the actions of their parents,” he said. “These kids must be allowed to pursue the American Dream, and Congress must act on this immediately.” (POLITICO, Miami Herald)

First things first. Miami-Dade just can’t decide whether to pursue a bunch of new rail, or settle for a modernized bus system. And that’s tying U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart’s hands. The South Florida Republican chairs Congress’ transportation subcommittee and wants to use his influence to help – if only the county would finally ask. (Miami Herald) 

Part 2. One of the reasons Mayor Gimenez said they haven’t asked for those dollars is that the county has to prove it has enough money to operate the system, and we don’t. The Miami Herald has the deets on six proposals for how we could do it.

Leave it to the City Beautiful. Coral Gables is testing a pilot program to protect bicyclists with… flowers. The city is going to temporarily place boxes of budding pentas and purple queens in between cars and the bike lanes on Salzedo Street and University Drive. (Miami Herald)

Another one bites the SunPass. For 25 years, “Cowboy” has taken toll fare and welcomed drivers to the Keys at his booth on Card Sound Road. But all good things must come to an end — Monroe County is finally switching to an automated toll. Don’t worry though, Cowboy got a new job and plans to stay in the Keys. (Miami Herald)    


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