In November, City of Miami voters did something that was a pretty big deal: they approved a $400 million general obligation bond. About half of that will help Miami adapt to sea level rise. Another $100 million will help more Miamians get access to affordable housing. The rest will go to things like public spaces, roads, and public safety.
At least that’s the plan.
2017 was about getting the money, and 2018 is going to be about holding local government accountable for spending it the way you agreed for it to be spent.
And that’s just what the Citizens Oversight Board will do. It’ll be created in February and if you’re a City of Miami resident who wants to serve on it, you should hit up your district commissioner (contact info here) to let them know. They’re the ones who will be appointing the board.
If that’s too big a commitment, consider joining the Resilient Miami Working Group (part of the Miami Climate Alliance), which holds a weekly call on Tuesday evenings to talk about steps the City can take on the bond and beyond. Deets on that here.
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Third time’s a charm? Miami Beach Commissioner Kristen Rosen-Gonzalez is taking another stab at eliminating her city’s red light camera program, saying it’s too much of a burden on low-income residents. She’s tried twice before, but this time, with new city leadership, she thinks she can pull it off. The City of Miami is getting rid of its own red light camera program this year. (Miami Herald)
More than just falling iguanas. We may love putting on our scarves and boots when the rare cold snap makes it to SoFlo, but it’s a scary time for Florida’s $2.7 billion agricultural industry. Although farmers have some tricks, there’s not much that can be done if it drops below a certain temperature. Fortunately they made it through last week’s chill, they say. (Miami Herald)
Gone but not forgotten. You may have just gone ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ when you saw the news that the Downtown Macy’s is closing. But it used to be the flagship Burdines for the whole state and drew tourists from all over. Without it, Downtown Miami wouldn’t be what it is today. (Miami New Times)
Next up. The Trump Administration is ending a protected immigration status for Salvadorans, meaning that about 200,000 of them will have to head home by September 2019. They’re the largest recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the U.S., and the latest to lose it – Haitians and Nicaraguans will also be forced to leave. The end of TPS is going to have a big impact on SoFlo, where so many Caribbean and Central American immigrants end up. (Miami Herald)
Cheers! If you’re stressin’ about nuclear war with North Korea, Miami’s got the perfect spot to drink your worries away this weekend. Lincoln’s Beard Brewing Co. will soon be serving Taedonggang, the official beer of North Korea. The folks behind Taedonggang USA say that they pieced together the recipe from open-source materials and swear it has no connection to the North Korean government. (Miami New Times)
Mo money, mo problems. Democratic congressional candidate Matt Haggman says he won’t take any PAC money in his run for Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s seat. This isn’t crazy – lots of candidates make promises like this – but it’s rarely a front-of-the-pack candidate like Haggman, who’s hauling in a ton of cash. “Our Democracy is drowning in money,” he wrote in the announcement. (Miami Herald, Medium)
Small but mighty. Miami-Dade County doesn’t have much available land for parks, but residents in the urban core are getting creative with itty, bitty green spaces across the city. Here’s how locals are making it work, and how some of these pocket parks are imperiled. (Biscayne Times)
😎 You knew them when… YoungArts is showcasing the work of the country’s best young writers and artists on Jan. 12. See them before they’re famous. Free w/ RSVP.
🎭 Through 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 (Wynwood)
📚 1/11: An Evening with Ta-Nehisi Coates (Downtown)
🎺 1/11: The French Horn at Dance Band Night (North Beach)
🤣 1/11-1/14: Miami Improv Festival (Coral Gables)
✡️ 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)
🏃 1/13: Run x Lincoln Road (South Beach)
🎞️ 1/14: It Happened One Night (South Beach)
We’ll see you tomorrow.