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WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305

We’ve seen this one before. A few hours before President Trump gave his State of the Union address, Miami-Dade County Mayor Gimenez gave his own state of the county address. He called on Miami-Dade to focus on a high-tech bus system instead of extending the Metrorail; build an extension of the 836 west, spreading the county out even further; and plan more for the people who get around the 305 in cars. We think that’s called a vision of the past. (Miami Herald)

For when you’re not tryna put on pants. Beginning tomorrow, South Floridians will be able to make a Target run without getting out of bed, because the company is launching same-day home delivery for things like groceries and home goods. TBD if this makes it more or less likely to walk away with $30 of things you didn’t really need. (Or is that just us?) (Miami Herald)

Do it like they do on the Discovery Channel. Ron Magill, ZooMiami’s ambassador, is bringing back his super popular “Sex and the animals” presentation, which is basically pro tips on mating from other species. With whale penis bones used as  props. (Miami Herald)

It’s science. Zika-fighting mosquitoes are gonna be let loose in South Miami. They’ve been infected with a bacteria that will prevent any of their female offspring from surviving to adulthood. Because female mosquitoes are the only ones that bite, they’re the only ones that can transmit Zika. (CBS Local/AP)

Better late than never. Local State Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez is stomping around Tallahassee in rain boots in hopes of totally changing the way the state plans for sea level rise. He’s filed a bill that would require all builders to study how sea level rise would affect their project before they start construction. Plus he wants the state environmental agency to develop statewide “best practices” for communities dealing with sea level rise. Seems kinda obvious, but then again, this is the state that doesn’t let employees say the words “climate change.” (WLRN)

Deal with the devil? Miami-Dade County and FPL have struck a deal that they say will help both Miami-Dade County’s need for more wastewater treatment and FPL’s sneaky little problem with polluting our waterways with its cooling canals at Turkey Point. The two will split the costs of building a new treatment facility, and that treated wastewater will then be used to clean up the cooling canals and cool a natural gas unit that helps power Turkey Point.  (WLRN)

Womp womp. The second swanky new Metrorail car has hit the tracks. One problem: It’s only half the size of the first one that got us so excited. (Miami Herald)

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EVENTS

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👩‍🎨 1/30: Miami Arts Marketing Project (Downtown)

🙏 1/31: Let (Yoga) Love Rule! (South Beach)

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AROUND TOWN

🕰️ 1/30: Fireside Chat with Jason Calacanis (Downtown)

🎞️ 1/31: Freedom Flicks Presents: I Am Not Your Negro (Downtown)

🌱 1/31: Vizcaya Gardens by Moonlight / Make your own terrarium (Coconut Grove)

👙 1/31: Disco Frisbee (South Beach)

🌕 1/31: Full Moon Meditation (South Beach)

👸 2/1: Movies on the Mile: The Princess Bride (Coral Gables)

🎙️ 2/1: Jolt Radio’s Vinyl Delight (Downtown)

🗳️ 2/1: South Miami Mayoral Debate (South Miami)

🎵 2/2: Giralda Under the Stars (Coral Gables)

🎥 2/2: DWNTWN Movie Nights: Boss Baby (Downtown)

🌊 2/3: Surfrider and Friends Night at Oleta River State Park (North Miami Beach)

🚲 2/3: Historic Bicycle Tour of Coconut Grove (Coconut Grove)

🌊 2/3: Climate Awakening: A journey through art and augmented reality (Wynwood)

🗺️ 2/3-2/4: Miami International Map Fair (Downtown)

🏖️ 2/2-2/4: Fractal Beach 2018 (Key Biscayne)

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THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY.

We’ll leave you with this theory as to why Thrillist got Florida so epically wrong, from reader Lauren Fernandez.

“I’m going to assume that the editor at Thrillist recently had his heart broken by a Florida lady with flip flops and a Publix tattoo.”

Seems reasonable.

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