Plus, how we'll be riding in style in 2018.
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Welcome to winter *|FNAME|*!  We don’t really know what a “bomb cyclone” is, but we’re pretty glad we’re not experiencing it right now – we don’t even know how to handle this weather.

The Miami Herald has some pro tips for getting through the cold snap, including what to do with your plants that can’t handle the chill. Be grateful we’re not in Tallahassee, where it legit snowed yesterday for the first time in three decades.  😱

And now, on to yet another thing that’s going to change South Florida in 2018…

ALL ABOARD.

Get ready to ride in style through the Tri-County area in 2018 – Brightline is finally arriving. The high-speed rail service will start running between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach next week and will reach Miami later this year.

All Aboard Florida, the company that owns Brightline, says it will take passengers just 30 minutes to get from Downtown Miami to Fort Lauderdale, and just another 30 minutes to get to West Palm Beach. 😮

Ticket prices are still TBD. As a privately-run service, it’s going to be more expensive than Tri-Rail, which costs only $3.75 to get from Downtown Fort Lauderdale to MIA. But it’s faster, with plenty of power outlets and strong wifi, and they’re expecting a lot of us to say “#worthit.” Will we say buh-bye to the I-95 Express Lanes to Broward?

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WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305

This is why we can’t have nice things. The City of Miami Beach fined the Museum of Ice Cream $1,000 for the plastic sprinkles in its massive sprinkle pool, calling them an environmental hazard. The sprinkles, which end up stuck to literally every part of your body after a “swim,” are ending up on the street and swept into storm drains, which then take them to the ocean. (Miami New Times)

Story time. Biscayne National Park is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a contest. Got a story to tell about water, which makes up 95 percent of the park? Park officials want to hear it. (WLRN)

Rawr. A leaked version of Derek Jeter’s business plan for the Miami Marlins, called Project Wolverine (LOL), promises investors mucho dinero, better TV rights, and a big spike in attendance. (Miami Herald)

You don’t even go here. In the year since Miami-Dade abandoned its sanctuary city status, the county handed over 436 immigration detainees to federal authorities. Those detainees were brought in on local charges – everything from driving without a valid license to attempted murder – but handed over to the feds for deportation when they were ready for release. Miami, once known as one of the most welcoming cities in the U.S. for immigrants, is losing that rep. (Miami Herald)

Obviously. Thrillist has correctly deemed Pub Subs the best sandwiches in the whole country.

Pics or it didn’t happen. Have you travelled internationally via MIA and been asked by DHS agents to pose for a quick pic before boarding your flight? Well, it might have been illegal for them to ask you to do that. That box took a facial scan – called biometric exit technology – and it never got the proper federal approval, some lawyers say. MIA is one of nine airports in the U.S. using the tech. (Miami New Times)

CHANGE OF PACE

Sometimes even South Florida gets a little gloomy. We love this dramatic snap of yesterday’s fog from @heychrisbarr.

EVENTS

AROUND TOWN

💻 1/4: Wyncode Pitch Day (Allapattah) *location change

👨‍💻 1/4: PAMM Free Community Night: Tech Takeover (Downtown)

🌃 1/5: Giralda Under the Stars (Coral Gables)

⚡ 1/5: Laser Fridays at Frost Science (Downtown)

🙏 1/6: YogaRefresh2018 (South Beach)

☕ 1/7: “Call Me by Your Name” Queer Brunch (North Beach)

🛶 1/7: Coral Gables Waterway Canoe Tour (Coral Gables)

🙏 1/8: 21-day Meditation Challenge (Upper East Side)

🗣️ 1/9: The MOTH: Miami StorySLAM (Downtown)

🌱 1/10: Project: One Meal, Five Vegan Ecosystems (Wynwood)

🌊 1/10: Miami is Not Plastic Launch Event (Key Biscayne)

STAY FABULOUS.

Remember: Your coat from that winter when you lived up north 10 years ago isn’t outdated. It’s “vintage.” 💁‍

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