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🐞 Real talk: We’ve got some great news for South Florida.

We hate it when the Brickell bridges go up as much as you do – but you can’t deny the view’s gorgeous.

HOW SOCIAL TECH IS HELPING THE KEYS

When Hurricane Irma tore through the Lower Keys, ordinary people from around the country crowdsourced rescue operations and organized a seriously impressive relief effort. Some of these folks were part of the Cajun Navy, a volunteer group that also helped out after Hurricane Harvey.

We made it down to some of the most hard-hit areas just days after the storm to document how these volunteers used tech and social media platforms to move supplies into the ravaged Keys.

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Stretch off that midweek hump with some oceanfront yoga and good vibes tonight at Celebrate Good (YOGA) Times! at 1 Hotel. Grab your tickets to greenmonkey’s community flow to celebrate the end of National Yoga Month.

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WHAT’S NEW IN THE 305

YASSS. We could all use some good news right now – and we’ve got some. We’ve basically shut down the Zika virus in South Florida. There is no local transmission happening, and we’ve only had 180 cases total so far this year, down from 1,400 last year. (Tampa Bay Times)

DIY. The Keys, which have their own publicly owned utility company, got their lights back on way faster than FPL-controlled mainland South Florida – even though they got hit way harder than us. They also have utility poles built to withstand Category 5 winds. But giving FPL a monopoly over most of Florida is going juuuust fine, right? (WLRN)

Flip the switch. Democrat Annette Taddeo won the Florida Senate District 40 special election last night. The seat opened up earlier this year when former Sen. Frank Artiles, a Republican, went on a racist rant and had to resign. Flipping the seat is a big win for Democrats. (Miami Herald)

Sinking like the Thai-tanic. Cake Thai Wynwood just closed pretty much out of the blue. The Wynwood restaurant was best known for costing twice as much as the original location in Upper East Side, which is still open and still serving takeout – so basically we’re OK with this. (Eater)

No puedo. President Trump says the U.S. government is getting “really good marks” for its Puerto Rico response – although he won’t visit until Tuesday. While he was Tweeting about the NFL, Pitbull sent his private plane down there to rescue cancer patients. (POLITICO, Local 10)

Back to school. It could be weeks or months before Puerto Rican kids can go back to school, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools is getting ready for a surge of students from the island, whether sent here by their parents to live with relatives here, or because the whole family fled the devastation. (Miami Herald)

🇵🇷 HOW YOU CAN HELP 🇻🇮

Thanks to all your suggestions, we’ve updated our list of ways to help the Caribbean relief effort with a bunch of new opportunities. Take a look and find a way to do your part. Let us know if there’s a great effort we’ve missed.

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