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Happy Wednesday *|FNAME|*! You got this. 💪

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IN IT TO WIN IT?

Have an ambitious wellness goal for the year but don’t know where to start? You’re exactly who we want to talk to. While we all love reading blogs on healthy eating, following Insta accounts for fitness tips and watching exercise videos we really can’t copy, sometimes the advice feels too generic and basic. So we’re giving four Miamians a chance to take on one specific goal they have over the next four months in a wellness challenge sponsored by Baptist Health South Florida.

We’ll hook you up with exactly the resources you need and check in on your progress every month. We’ll share out these updates with our whole New Tropic community so everyone can learn along with you (and hopefully follow your lead!)

Want in? By next Monday, tell us here exactly what your goal is, how you think we can help and we’ll be in touch to learn more! Let’s do this. 💪

WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305

#Winning. The City Beautiful wants another title: best city for bicyclists. As part of its Gables Greenways plan, the Gables is trying out protected bike lanes all over the city. Right now they’re using movable flower planters to protect the temporary bike lanes, but if the pilot gets a thumbs up from residents, those will turn into permanent medians or trees. Plus, the Venetian Causeway, already everyone’s fave way to bike from the mainland to Miami Beach, now has green bike lanes. Bikers say it’s a dream. (Miami Herald, Miami New Times)

Gold digger. Do you know the true cost of your gold jewelry? We didn’t, until we read this Miami Herald investigation into the illegal gold industry, which runs – you guessed it – right through the 305. It’s a four-part series, so bookmark this and go back when you’ve got some time to dig in.

Shady’s back. Remember former Sen. Frank Artiles? The Miami-area lawmaker was forced to resign last year after he used racist and sexist slurs to describe some of his fellow senators. His seat has been filled, but amid all the scandal going down in Tallahassee, he says what he did wasn’t so bad (direct quote: “I look like a Boy Scout.”). He’s planning his political comeback. Meanwhile, in the wake of a couple sex scandals, his Senate colleagues are going through mandatory sexual harassment training. (Miami Herald, WLRN)

Small but mighty. Tiny hotel rooms and tiny condos are coming to the 305, via boutique hotel company Yotel. How tiny? 425-square-feet tiny. But they’re a heck of a lot cheaper than a regular hotel room, and if you’re out exploring the Magic City, what do you need that armchair for anyways? (Miami Herald)

Cash me outside. Because American Airlines doesn’t want your dollar bills any more. They’re going card-only at Miami International Airport to speed up the check-in process. (Miami Herald)

Ssssshady. The state wildlife agency is cracking down on the illegal showing of wildlife on South Beach, and this week they gave a python handler a warning. Normally the story would end there, but they also told federal immigration authorities about the handler, who is undocumented, and now she’s facing deportation. Without her python. (Miami Herald)

Who needs legs? If you’ve ever dreamed of being a professional mermaid, this is what it takes to get the gig. (WLRN)

EVENTS

PARTNER EVENTS

💬 1/22: Samsung x WeWork (South Beach)

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On Jan 27, kick off Miami Marathon weekend with the Tropical 5K. Enjoy water views as you run or walk to the Nikki Beach post race party.
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AROUND TOWN

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

💻 1/17: Facebook Developers Circle: Facial Recognition (Wynwood)

🎸 1/18: Sola Sessions with Buskerfest (Wynwood)

📽️ 1/18: Tower Talk and Walk (Little Havana)

💰 1/18-1/19: The North American Bitcoin Conference (Downtown, South Beach)

🎵 1/18: Rooftop Sessions ft. REMYZ (Downtown)

🎥 1/19: Pulse: A Late Night at the Movies (South Beach)

🎇 1/19: Laser Fridays (Downtown)

🍺 1/19: Concrete-A-Con Issue No. 2 (Wynwood)

🍫 1/19- 1/21: International Chocolate Festival (Coral Gables)

🎭 1/19-1/21: Hamlet: Free Shakespeare in the Park (Coconut Grove)

THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY.

If you’re not about that wellness challenge, might we suggest trying out EVERY sandwich on this list of the best Cuban sandwiches in Miami?

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