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CARBO LOAD AFTER THE RACE
We put together a list of the best spots to grab a bite along the Miami Marathon route for runners and spectators alike. They’re all open by at least 11 a.m. and your options include bigger meals, small bites, coffee and, if you’re feeling particularly celebratory, mimosas.
Check out the list here. Buen provecho!
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WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305
And the leaks begin. We knew it was gonna happen. South Florida’s official Amazon bid hasn’t been released, but bits of it are starting to leak. First up: the deets on a potential site in Overtown, likely a combination of the proposed Miami Innovation District, plus some parts of Miami WorldCenter. That’s exciting for downtown Miami, but not as exciting for the long-marginalized Overtown, where residents were worried about skyrocketing rents even before Amazon was in the picture. (The Next Miami, SFBJ, Miami New Times)
#Winning. Forbes took a look at which “underdog” cities (Columbus, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Miami) have the best shot at landing Amazon’s second headquarters, and declared Miami the frontrunner of the four.
So fresh and so clean clean. You can now fill your bottle with cold, purified drinking water along the Miami Beach boardwalk for as little as 50 cents, thanks to Woosh Water. Sure, there are free water fountains, but lots of folks won’t use them because the water’s warm and sometimes a bit gross. Instead people buy expensive bottled water that creates plastic waste. Fun fact: Miami Beach is the first city in the WORLD to use Woosh on a large scale. (INDULGE)
It’s official. A proposal to restore voting rights to 1.5 million convicted felons got the 766,000 signatures it needed to go to a statewide vote. That means it will go on the November ballot and Florida voters will give it a thumbs up or thumbs down. Right now we’re one of only three states in the U.S. that permanently strip felons of their voting rights. (WLRN)
Sketch. Efficiencies are often not actually legal, but you wouldn’t know that for how often they’re advertised on sites like Craigslist. These tiny studios (sometimes basically just an extra room in a house) often don’t come with an official lease, and it can get a little cray – some landlords have made rules about things as ridiculous as when tenants can turn on their AC units. The Miami Herald took a deep dive into this underground economy.
Fail. Last weekend Senate Democrats tried to hold up a government spending deal until a compromise was reached on DACA, and that forced a government shutdown. But on Monday, Democrats gave in, agreeing to a short-term spending package after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would hold a debate and a vote on the fate of Dreamers. Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen says that Dreamers got shafted. (Miami Herald)
Our local Mother Teresa. Meet South Floridian Nora Sandigo, who has accepted legal responsibility for 1,250 children. A Nicaraguan immigrant who became a U.S. citizen in 1996, she’s become a lifeline for undocumented immigrants terrified of being deported and forced to leave their children behind. (Washington Post)
OUR EVENTS AND PARTNER EVENTS
👗 1/24: Future of Fashion Tech and “Pitch to Perry” Night (Wynwood)
🌎 1/24: Premiere: Battleground Everglades (Palmetto Bay)
🎼 1/25: Nu Deco Ensemble at the Bandshell (North Beach)
🎭 1/25: Opening Night: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (South Beach, running through 2/18)
🚆 1/25: Transportation Summit (Downtown)
🎤 1/26: PALO! At Ball and Chain (Little Havana)
🎻 1/26: MISO Live in Palm Court (Design District)
📻 1/26- 1/27: Pang! – A live radio triptych (Wynwood)
🇱🇧 1/26-1/28: Lebanese Festival (South Miami)
🌎 1/27: Keg & Klean for our National Parks (Wynwood)
🖼️ 1/27-1/28: Coral Gables Art Festival (Coral Gables)
🎵 1/28: Southern Soul Sunday at the A+E (Downtown)
🎼 1/28: MISO Concert in Collins Park (South Beach)
🕰️ 1/30: Fireside Chat with Jason Calacanis (Downtown)
ONE MORE THING.
We have a very important PSA: The Cheesecake Factory’s brown bread will now be sold in grocery stores nationwide.