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LEH WEH GO!

This weekend the Caribbean community turns up for Carnival, and everyone else gets to join. The epic celebration kicks off with “Skip Work” today – which is, you guessed it, a midday party that you skip work to attend – and ends Sunday night with the Parade of the Bands. In between them are dozens of smaller parties called fêtes.

The costumes will be bess, the food will be 🔥 , and the music and dancing will blow your mind. Plus, Wyclef Jean will be there Sunday. Find the whole weekend schedule here and follow on Insta for the latest updates.

We got some tips from Marlon Hill, the General Counsel of Miami-Broward Carnival, on how to make the most of it.

  • Hydrate! Don’t drink more rum than water.
  • Come hungry.
  • Buy your tickets in advance.
  • Use the shuttle from one of the designated parking areas – it’s free, it’s way easier than parking, you can drink more rum, and the party starts the minute you get on the bus.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. You’re gonna be doing a lot of dancing.

It’s been a rough few weeks for the Caribbean. But “After you survive a hurricane, there’s nothing better to do than to have a Carnival,” Marlon says.

So let’s jam.

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We’re working away on voter guides for the Nov. 7 Miami and Miami Beach elections. But before we hit up the candidates, we want to hear from you. What’s on your mind as you drive around your neighborhood?

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WHAT’S NEW IN THE 305

Miami-Dade was basically underwater yesterday. City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado used the flooding to rally voters for the $400 million “Miami Forever” bond, half of which would go toward projects to help keep the city dry. It’s on the Nov. 7 ballot. (Miami New Times)

Not-so-“Smooth Touch.” Radio Touche Douce, a pirate radio station broadcast from a backyard shed in North Miami, is the place to hear Caribbean music on the local airwaves. Plus they organize some dope parties. But they just got slapped with a massive fine from the FCC for operating illegally. They’re still broadcasting, but their fate is TBD. (Miami.com)

About time. Rapidly gentrifying West Grove is getting some much-needed affordable housing. Seventy-seven of the 192 units in a new development going up on 37th Avenue and US-1 will be “workforce housing” units, with the rest market rate. (Curbed)

Seems reasonable… Miami’s State Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez says that unless FPL beefs up its plans for preparing Turkey Point for sea level rise and major hurricanes, it should scrap all its expansion plans. Located on the edge of Biscayne Bay down in South Dade, the nuclear power plant is super vulnerable to flooding and extreme weather. (Miami New Times)

 

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Who’s got jokes? At one point Miami Beach Police Spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez thought it was funny that someone set up a Twitter account impersonating him. No one is laughing now, because the impersonator just got arrested because it’s illegal to “impersonate a cop.” But parody is protected as free speech in the First Amendment, so this is definitely not over. (Miami New Times)

Bidniss. 70 percent of businesses surveyed by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce said that Hurricane Irma would have a “negative financial impact” over the next three months and 39 percent said it would continue to hurt them for the next year. Yikes. (Miami Herald)

Cash money. The Knight Foundation is donating $2.5 million to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for hurricane recovery efforts. “Miami and South Florida are intimately connected with Puerto Rico and the Caribbean,” President Alberto Ibargüen said, explaining the donation. (Miami Herald)

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