We started in 2015 with a love letter to Miami and our fellow locals: to “the stalwart natives and the new kids in town; the emerging urbanites and the expressway warriors; the tireless fans and the skeptical cynics; the banana hammock bicyclists (lo, sweet siren) and the beach body fanatics.”
That banana hammock guy is still out there riding around, and so are we.
Our third birthday has been an occasion for a bit of reflection around here: on what we’ve done, what’s changed and what hasn’t, what we guessed right about (y’all really like Knaus Berry cinnamon rolls) and what we got wrong. It’s also been an occasion for warm champagne in the office at 2 p.m., because we are cool and know how to party.
Read on to hear from our founders about what’s changed, what hasn’t, and what we’re most thankful on this extra special day. And we’d love to hear your favorite New Tropic moment from the past three years. How do we help you #livelikeyoulivehere? Just hit reply to this newsletter to let us know.
We feel lucky every day that we get to live in a city whose history, politics, and culture have been shaped by Haitian immigrants. We’re grateful for Little Haiti and all that the rest of the city learns from the neighborhood. And we’re glad to see South Florida leaders like Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen calling out recent comments from Washington that devalue all of that. ✊
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A weekend on, not a weekend off. Many folks who have Martin Luther King, Jr. Day off make it a day for giving back and reflecting on Dr. King’s legacy. But for those who have to work on Monday, there are plenty of ways to do that, starting today and lasting through the long weekend. Peep a list here. (Miami.com)
Chill out, bro. Thought it was safe to wash and pack up the two sweaters you own? Think again. Another cold front is gonna hit this weekend. Don’t worry though, temperatures should jump back up by Monday afternoon. (Miami Herald)
Come on ride this train. If you want to hop onto the new Brightline train this weekend, it’ll cost you $10 for a one-way ticket between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. If you’re feeling fancy, you can pay $15 for a one-way Select Coach ticket. (Sun Sentinel)
Allegations against Arriola. Miami Beach Commissioner Ricky Arriola is facing allegations of attempted sexual battery from a woman he took on a date last month. He denies the allegations, but Miami Beach police and the State Attorney’s Office are looking into the case. (NBC Miami, Miami Herald)
The show will go on. Last year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade ended with gunfire and eight people shot, which made some local leaders question if it should happen in 2018. But organizers said this year’s parade is still a go and there will be a bigger police presence and more volunteers watching out for any issues. (WLRN)
From the charts to Congress? Angie Chirino, daughter of Cuban pop star Willy Chirino and a musician herself, is gonna run for Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s congressional seat in what will be hotly contested race. Chirino will be on the ticket as a Republican but her political cred is still a question mark. (Miami New Times)
South Beach’s little bro grows up. The Ocean Terrace section of Miami Beach is primed for new construction, and developers got the all clear to begin talking to hotel operators to build in the quickly changing North Beach nabe. Preservationists still have a big stake in the plans though, since designs for one of the older buildings will have to get their OK. (Miami Herald)
Fine dining? Dale. Mr. Worldwide plans to expand his empire by opening a Miami Beach restaurant this summer called iLov305. Pitbull is partnering with the folks from Sugar Factory to open the spot, which will feature a daiquiri bar, cigar-rolling station and VIP rooms. (Miami.com)
🌃 Tonight’s the night for YoungArts! There’s still time to RSVP for tonight’s performance and exhibition by the writers and artists of YoungArts, and yes — it’s still free.
🎭 Through 1/12: YoungArts Week (South Beach, Edgewater)
🤣 Through 1/14: Miami Improv Festival (Coral Gables)
✡️ Through 1/25: Miami Jewish Film Festival (Multiple locations)
🕺 1/12: Silent Disco Dance Party (Wynwood)
🦄 1/12: Karen Finley: Unicorn Gratitude Mystery (Wynwood)
🌇 1/12-1/14: Art Deco Weekend (South Beach)
📽️ 1/12-1/15: SciFi Miami Film Festival (South Beach)
🎨 1/13-1/14: Beaux Arts Festival (Coral Gables)
🏃 1/13: Run x Lincoln Road (South Beach)
🎞️ 1/14: It Happened One Night (South Beach)
✊ 1/15: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade (Liberty City)
Thanks for all the support these past three years 🙏. Let’s keep exploring this Magic City together!