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Fútbol lovers, get excited: this may be the year that both David Beckham’s Major League Soccer team and the stadium planned for Overtown become real things.

Major League Soccer approved the team’s ownership group late last year, and could give the official OK to a Miami team as soon as later this month, ending a four-YEAR quest.

Beckham’s already got a site in Overtown, although residents of the long-neglected neighborhood are not so psyched. Many are worried that this could be another sitch when a major stadium is plopped down in the middle of a historic neighborhood, pushing them out. Beckham, the county, and Overtown residents will have to  have some serious talks this year about providing jobs and other investments to get everyone on board.

If all goes as planned, Beckham’s team is expected to start playing in 2020.

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Join us at Miami Beach Regional Library Jan 9, 3 pm. Respond to films exploring the changing climate and its effect on people near and far. Learn More ».
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Show me the money. When Miami-Dade abandoned its unofficial sanctuary city status early last year, that was supposed to unlock a bunch of federal dollars for transit and law enforcement. A year later, the county is still waiting. (Miami Herald)

SMH. In the three days between a developer getting the go ahead to build in some rare forest in southwest Miami-Dade and a judge issuing an emergency order to stop the work, the developer cleared trees off 31 acres of land. Environmentalists are furious, and unsure if any of the precious pine rockland habitat can be restored, even if the construction is permanently stopped. (Miami Herald)

Get cozy. The SoFlo Deep Freeze of 2018 is over, but we still endorse this list of places to get hot toddies in the 305. (Miami New Times)

Drill baby drill. The Trump administration is making moves to open up federal waters for offshore oil drilling, including the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Florida politicians on both sides of the aisle are not about it, and Gov. Rick Scott says he’s requesting an exception. (POLITICO)

Up in smoke. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is ending an Obama-era policy that helped the legal pot industry grow across the U.S. What that means for the 13 companies approved to grow and distribute marijuana in Florida is TBD, but many pot growers are worried they’ll struggle to get the money they need to grow. (Miami Herald)

We here. Our state’s population has grown so much since the last census that we’re on track to get two new congressional districts and two more votes in the Electoral College in 2020. That means we’re gonna be even more politically influential than we already are. Get ready for ALL the political ads and campaign rallies come the 2020 presidential race. (Sun-Sentinel)

Not so fast. Many cities in Miami-Dade have an “Art in Public Places” program that requires developers to pay for public art projects in order to build – but not City of Miami. City officials want to change that, but developers are pushing back, saying that the requirements are so extra that they’ll end up discouraging investment in art instead. (The Real Deal)

Things to do

Check out this event from our advertiser, YoungArts.

🎨 There is such a thing as free art. Join YoungArts on January 12 for a reading and exhibition by the country’s best young visual artists and writers. Free with RSVP.


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

🎭 1/8-1/12: YoungArts Week (South Beach, Edgewater)

🗣️ 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)

🎸 1/10: Veza Sur Unplugged

📚 1/11: An Evening with Ta-Nehisi Coates (Downtown)

🎺 1/11: The French Horn at Dance Band Night (North Beach)

✡️ 1/11-1/25: Miami Jewish Film Festival (Multiple locations)

🕺 1/12: Silent Disco Dance Party (Wynwood)

🌇 1/12-1/14: Art Deco Weekend (South Beach)

📽️ 1/12-1/15: SciFi Miami Film Festival (South Beach)


Let’s kill it this week.

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