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🙌 We’re in awe of these Parkland students

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It’s time for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, and like Art Basel, this event has become so big that it’s spurred dozens of satellite events across the city.

If you can’t drop the big bucks on festival tickets, or just can’t deal with the crowds, here are some of the best unofficial SOBEWFF events out there for you foodies.

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SPEAKING OF FOOD...

If you want to nerd out on all things food, come on out to the Better Food Movement conference on Wednesday. It’s a full day of talks with entrepreneurs and tastemakers about how this industry is changing, and it’s free. Deets and tickets here.

We’ll be moderating a panel on the future of food in Florida at 10:30 a.m. Come hang and listen in!

WHAT’S NEW IN THE 305

In the frenzy after a tragedy like Parkland, rumors and information travel fast, often without a thorough examination. Mistakes are made. Sometimes information is flat-out incorrect, and something further investigation sets the record straight. We shared two stories last week that have since been proven misleading or incorrect. ‘

The statistic that Parkland was the 18th school shooting this year is based on a confusing definition of school shootings that the Washington Post explains here. There have been five mass school shootings like Parkland this year. The others were also shootings on or near school property, but were not mass shootings. Additionally, although a white supremacist group initially claimed Nikolas Cruz as a member – which we reported via other media outlets – local law enforcement said they found no proof of that. Here’s how they got duped.

WHAT TO KNOW TODAY ABOUT PARKLAND

If you haven’t already, you should listen to this speech about the need for more gun control by 17-year-old Emma Gonzalez, a student at Douglas High. “This is more than a mental health issue,” she said. “He wouldn’t have hurt that many students with a knife.” It’s powerful, and it’s gone viral. She was one of about a thousand people who showed up at the Broward Courthouse on Saturday to rally for stricter gun laws. Students also gave President Trump hell when he tried to blame the Russia election interference investigation for the FBI not taking action on tips about Nikolas Cruz. (Miami Herald)

Students are planning to march on Tallahassee this week, then Washington on March 24, to advocate for gun control. Others are planning a school walkout. (Sun-Sentinel, AP)

A gun show went on in Miami this weekend as normal, with no protesters. (WLRN)

The group Florida Carry says the right response to Parkland is to eliminate gun-free zones and to allow teachers with concealed carry permits to have guns in the classroom. (Miami Herald)

Here’s how to tell the difference between fake and real GoFundMe pages for victims of Parkland. (Miami Herald)

The high school won’t open to students until next week, at the earliest. Building 12, where the shooting happened, will never reopen – it’s going to be torn down. (Miami Herald)

A major Republican donor from Florida, one of George Bush’s biggest fundraisers, said he won’t give a dime to any Republican candidates or campaign groups unless they support a ban on assault rifles. (New York Times)

OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT

Foul ball. Miami-Dade County is suing Jeff Loria, the former Marlins owner, and the new ownership group for not handing over a chunk of the profits from the sale, which was part of the agreement when the county used taxpayer money to build the new stadium (CBS)

SMH. Miami-Dade Mayor Gimenez vetoed a plan for a civilian oversight panel to investigate accusations of police misconduct, saying there are enough systems in place already. Miami-Dade formed the panel after the McDuffie Riots in the late 1980s, but it was cut during the 2009 budget crisis. Commissioners recently approved a plan to relaunch it. (Miami Herald)

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Around Town

🌞 2/20: Learn about going solar with the Miami-Dade Solar Co-Op (South Beach)

🌊 2/20: What happens when the seas come to SoFlo? Talk it out with the author who imagined it (Key Biscayne)

🥁 2/21-2/25: Get folksy at the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival (Virginia Key)

📷 2/21: Explore the Black history of Perrine (Palmetto Bay)

✂ 2/22: Turn old clothes into new favorite accessories (Little River)

💔 2/22-2/25: Reflect on love and heartbreak at “Love, Lost” in the A+E District (Downtown)

🍸 2/23: Get funky at Wynwood’s only rooftop bar (Wynwood)

💁‍ 2/23: Learn about the role of “dangerous women” in art and history at FIU (Sweetwater)

🎸 2/24: Listen to “Black music that transcends genre” and feast on soul food (North Miami)

🔬 2/24: Be a scientist for a day with Frost Science (Virginia Key)

🎻 2/24: Travel the world from a tropical park with Sultans of String (Pinecrest)

🌶 2/25: Eat all the chili at a chili cook-off (Pinecrest)

🎵 2/25: Jam at Classic Album Sundays ft. Neutral Milk Hotel and Elliott Smith (Little Haiti)

P.S. Did you catch our guide the best unofficial SoBeWFF events? Peep it here.

Are you hitting up one of these events? Tag us in your pics with @thenewtropic.

BEFORE WE GO…

Last week was a hard week here in SoFlo, but we were proud to see the community come together this weekend.

And we loved this celebration of Nu Deco Ensemble’s epic performance on last Thursday night that Chad Bernstein wrote and sent our way. Chad writes, “In an era where we feel such division, a moment like last night shines brightly as guiding light for the power of the arts and community. It’s an optimistic day in Miami.”

Let’s channel some of that good feeling into this week. Keep letting us know about those Miami wins. 💪Just hit reply to this newsletter.

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