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No room for the camera shy at Carnival. Jessy Schuster came all the way from Guadeloupe to play mas this weekend with RevelNation Mas Band. (📷 Marlon Hill)


Last week, we asked you to share what’s on your mind as we head into Miami and Miami Beach elections, and to send us your questions. Here are a few we’ve gotten already:

  • Where do you stand on the “Miami Forever” bond?
  • What is your opinion on Airbnb and other short-term rentals?
  • Would you support a ban on plastic bags?
  • Do you have a plan for helping homeowners cope with sea level rise?

Got your own questions? Check out our overviews of the Miami and Miami Beach elections, then share yours via the form at the bottom. Or just hit reply to this e-mail. We’re collecting through today.


The deadline to register to vote or update your information for the Nov. 7 local elections is Oct. 10, aka tomorrow.

If you’ve been procrastinating, it’s NBD because we now have online voter registration. It’s super simple (some of us just did it). All you need is your driver’s license and the last four digits of your social security number. Register here.

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Better late than never. The Miami Herald has the scoop on how City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, a Republican who didn’t give a damn about climate change when he was elected in 2009, has became one of Miami-Dade’s most outspoken politicians on the issue. His conversion happened over early morning Cuban coffee… because Miami.

Brace yourselves. White nationalist Richard Spencer will be speaking at UF on Oct. 19. It’s his first speech on a campus since he led hundreds of white supremacists through the University of Virginia in August. UF turned him down in September, saying it posed a security threat, but Spencer fought back, saying he had a First Amendment right to speak. (Washington Post)

Big man on campus. The Real Deal’s got a Q&A with Moishe Mana, the Wynwood mega-developer. He talks about his vision for Miami, why he’s using his cash to fight President Trump, and his plans for building the “digital infrastructure” of South America right here in the 305.

Press pause. When we talk about the death penalty, we rarely get to hear the voices of people actually ON death row. But WLRN followed one man’s journey through Florida’s topsy turvy system for a year and a half – right up until his execution Thursday. The reporter’s essay on getting to know Mike Lambrix is a reminder that whether you’re for or against the death penalty, those facing execution are people, too.

About last night. Last night a woman trying to flee the scene after hitting a truck on Ocean Drive instead hit a Miami Beach police office trying to get her to stop. A nearby officer fired at her. The injured officer and the driver were both rushed to the hospital, but the driver died. The police officer is stable. Details still TBD, but it’s sure to spark a convo about policing and safety on Miami Beach, which has been a hot topic this year. (Miami Herald)

#FloridaProblems. It’s kinda cool that we live in a tropical paradise with bright green iguanas everywhere, but they also eat our plants, then poop – and their population is booming. So Florida Fish and Wildlife is going to start hosting workshops to teach us how to “live in harmony” with them, or get rid of them humanely. (Sun Sentinel)

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