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C'MON RIDE THE TRAIN
Miami-Dade Transit is getting new rail cars—more than 130 in the next two years. The first ones are already out and about, and our Creative Studio took a look in a video for Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works. They’re asking for input and feedback, too—share yours over on Facebook.
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WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305
Damn straight. FPL is no longer going to pass the costs of Irma cleanup onto customers, and that’s going to save us an average of $250 over the next 2.5 years. What’s the deal? The federal tax reform saved FPL so much money that they don’t need ours anymore. (Miami Herald)
New blood. The City of Miami has a new police chief in town. He says his wishlist includes more community policing, more partnerships with federal authorities, and an end to the gun violence that’s been on the rise in pockets of the city. The department has had high turnover since 2009, but Mayor Francis Suarez says he hopes this chief, Jorge Colina, will stick around. (Miami Herald)
Throwback Thursday. If you were here in the 1980s or you watched Cocaine Cowboys, you know who Mickey Munday is – one of Miami’s most notorious cocaine smugglers. The police never managed to nail him for that, but he’s finally headed to jail – for mail fraud. Oh, how the mighty have fallen? (Miami New Times)
Get rolling. Sanguich de Miami, a delicious Cuban sandwich shop, had to close its doors for a bit – because the hot new food spot is in a shipping container, and the City of Miami has no laws to regulate it. But as soon as the restaurant adds some wheels, it can call itself a food truck – which they DO have regulations for – and all will be well again. (Miami New Times)
Standing up to “Stand your Ground.” SoFlo Rep. Shevrin Jones has introduced a bill to repeal Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, the controversial law that George Zimmerman used as defense when he shot Trayvon Martin. Last year’s legislature actually strengthened the law, so TBD how this bill will do in the Republican legislature. (Miami New Times)
Shhh. There’s a new Japanese restaurant hitting the Beach: Sushi Azabu. What’s the fuss? This one’s got a “secret” sushi den that you won’t find unless you know what you’re looking for. (Miami.com)
✡️ Through 1/25: Miami Jewish Film Festival (Multiple locations)
🎸 1/18: Sola Sessions with Buskerfest (Wynwood)
💰 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)
🌊 1/20: Keg and Klean: Miami is Not Plastic Launch Cleanup (Key Biscayne)
🚸 1/20: Kid Entrepreneurs Day (Wynwood)
🛍️ 1/20: Black Marketplace at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (Little Haiti)
🚴 1/21: Miami Beach Ciclovia (South Beach)
✊ 1/21: First Anniversary of the Women’s March: Miami Day of Action! (Wynwood)
🌵 1/21: Miami Flea: A Fresh Start (Downtown)
🧀 1/21: Mac n Cheese Smackdown (Wynwood)
🌊 1/21: Walk Bill Baggs Cape Florida with Biologist Liz Golden (Key Biscayne)
🌮 1/23: Underline Social at Pilo’s Tacos (Brickell)
THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY.