Plus, the battle for Virginia Key.
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Happy Monday *|FNAME|*! Time to hustle like the kid who got that selfie with JT.

A little bit of rain led to a whole lot of beauty this weekend. Thanks for tagging us, @vbrunette!

MAKING HIS CASE

There are a lot of places all shook up in SoFlo politics right now, and one of those spots is Florida House District 113, which includes Miami Beach, Downtown, and Little Havana.

Kubs Lalchandani, a Democrat, explains why he’s throwing his hat in the ring, and why District 113 inspires him.

“District 113 has it all. It’s a hub of entrepreneurship, a center of art and culture, and has maybe the most beautiful beaches in the world (in my humble opinion),” he writes. “Unfortunately all of the country’s big issues are also here: sea level rise, lack of affordable housing, our need for immigration reform, massive wealth disparity, fair Internet access, decline in education, ineffective transportation systems, proliferation of opioids and gun violence, and the rising cost of healthcare, to name a few.”

Learn more about why he’s running here.

WANNA WRESTLE WITH US?

OK, maybe not like that. But we are planning a New Tropic field trip to the Thursday, Feb. 8 Miami New Drama performance of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, “a body-slamming satire about race, stereotypes, and the battle for the American soul.” There will be a boxing ring, and you might end up in it. Details here.

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WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305

Don’t pave paradise. Former Mayor Manny Diaz once said that beautiful Virginia Key should be Miami’s Central Park, and cyclists, runners, and nature lovers agree. But they’re up against commercial interests and the City of Miami, which always seems to be thinking of ways to make a buck off the island. The latest proposal: a mooring field for yachts by the Miami Marine Stadium. (Miami Herald)

So hot right now. Just how serious is our need for affordable housing? Developer Pinnacle Housing just finished its latest affordable housing development on N.W. 36th Street, and all 105 affordable units were snatched up before it even opened its doors. (SFBJ)

About time. Every state has two statues repping it in Washington, D.C. Now, the Florida House has unanimously approved replacing one of Florida’s statues – a Confederate general – with one of Mary McLeod Bethune, a civil rights leader. Next up: a vote in the Florida Senate. (WLRN)

Up in smoke. Recreational marijuana isn’t coming to Florida any time soon. Advocates were hoping to get full legalization on the November ballot, but they fell way short of the 766,000 petition signatures needed. BTW, in 2016 we approved medical marijuana and we’re STILL waiting on that to happen. (Miami New Times)

Foul ball. We saw this coming since Jeff Loria is pretty much the worst, but now it’s official: Miami-Dade isn’t getting ANY money from his sale of the Marlins. When the county agreed in 2008 to pay for most of the Marlins Stadium construction, it was on the condition that the county get 5 percent of the profits if Loria sold the team within 10 years. But Loria said he did some math and has no profits to share. Womp womp. (Miami Herald)

Now you know. SoFlo has national parks, national preserves, and wildlife refuges. We’re pro all of these things, but what’s the difference between ‘em? WLRN breaks it down.

Set the record straight. We’re not even going to bother linking to the BS racist stories in British tabloids last week about Overtown, the likely home of Beckham’s new soccer stadium. Instead we recommend reading this much more accurate piece from the Miami New Times written in response that paints the whole picture of this culturally rich neighborhood, one of Miami’s most historic, which has been dealt a whole lot of bad hands the last several decades. (Miami New Times)

Oops. On Friday, we wrote in a reference to a story from The Next Miami that the ground floor of the Dupont Building would be reopened and restored when a new coffee shop opened there. That was incorrect. The space is already fully operational.

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⭐  An Evening with Liz Callaway
Enjoy an evening of Tony-Award winning songs played by the South Florida Symphony Orchestra ft. Broadway star Liz Callaway, Feb. 6-10.  
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THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY.

But if all this Major League Soccer talk has you wanting to bend it like Beckham, here’s a guide to the best soccer fields in Miami.

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