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Because you can’t kick off 305 Day without a cafecito (📷@mrmiamimarvin)

NOW, LET'S CHECK IN ON TALLAHASSEE

Did we make any meaningful progress on gun control legislation since Friday morning?

What’s next? A final vote on SB 7026 is set for today. The House will then vote on the bill tomorrow or Wednesday. With the session ending on Friday, it’s heading into crunch time.

Also, tune in today around 10 a.m. to our Facebook page for a Facebook Live with Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Juan Cuba. We’ll be breaking down last week’s gun control action in Tallahassee and taking a look at what’s ahead. Got questions for him? Hit reply to let us know.

BTW, this is how we’re defining “progress” on gun control legislation: Any announced plan or direction that identifies specific policy changes or any filed or approved legislation. It can be  tricky to say a clear “yes” or “no” on any given day, but we’re going with what we think is the overall trend of decisions made that day.

DON'T BREAK THE BANK (OR THE SCALE)

If you’re looking to eat out somewhere healthy and don’t want to break the bank, check out our favorite 20 spots across Miami that’ll cover you for breakfast, lunch AND dinner. What really qualifies as “healthy eating” anyway? We include some tips from a local dietitian about what to look out for (pro tip: hold the extra sauce).

What’s your favorite budget-friendly healthy dish in Miami? Tell us on our Facebook page.

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WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305

Making the next Moonlight. When Tallahassee cut the state’s $300 million film incentive program, the film industry took a big hit, especially down here in SoFlo as producers headed north to other spots with better incentives. Local governments are now stepping up with their own incentive programs and subsidies in hopes of bringing them back. (Miami Herald)

Shaking things up. Iconic private school Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, which churns out so many Miami movers and shakers that it’s  been dubbed the “Belen mafia”, has long been overwhelmingly Latino. But school leaders want to diversify its student body, and they’re now actively recruiting non-Latino students. Five of those recruitees will join them in fall 2018. (Miami Herald)

Cover up? Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Rundle has cleared the Coral Gables police officers who tasered a man who later died of brain injuries more than a year ago. The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s officer said that his death had nothing to do with the tasering and was caused by a brain disorder called “excited delirium,” prompted by drugs in his system. But Miami New Times says that many civil rights organizations, including the ACLU, say that’s a BS medical condition. (Miami Herald, Miami New Times)

Hold up. Gov. Rick Scott and lawmakers want to add $138 mil to the state’s mental health system to prevent more mass shootings.But experts say that proposal won’t help much – and could even exacerbate the problem by creating two separate mental health systems – one for schools and one of the general public. And the one for schools probably wouldn’t be effective enough without way more funding. (Politico)

Let’s bounce. The world’s biggest bounce house is coming to Miami March 23-25. It has a basketball course, an obstacle course, and yes, adults are allowed. Tickets are expected to sell out fast, so get on it. (Miami.com)

Rolling deep. The Parkland students are everywhere, and their megaphone seems to get bigger every week. That’s because the number of organizations and donors lining up behind them is growing each  week. Here’s who’s on the list. (Buzzfeed)

Define “studio.” Your apartment may feel like a closet, but it’s probably got nothing on San Francisco – a survey shows that in Miami, $1,500 monthly rent can get you an average of 770 square feet, while in San Fran, it gets you only 340 square feet. Uh, we’re pretty sure that’s an *actual* closet. (SFBJ)

ICYMI, we linked to a Miami Today story in Friday’s newsletter about a new proposal for transit between Miami and Miami Beach. Due to some problems on their site, the story was unavailable most of Friday. Here it is again.

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BULLETIN BOARD

What’s this? It’s a new feature that will show up every Monday. What you’ll find here: things like calls for applications, workshops, and civic opportunities around Miami. If you’ve got a suggestion for what to include, hit us up at [email protected].

  • Are you a woman with a great idea for making Miami a better city? Awesome Foundation Miami and Miami Girls Foundation have teamed up for women’s history month in March to award $1,000 grants to “community-changing, innovative ideas by local women.” Deets here.
  • Social impact accelerator Radical Partners is looking for 10 outstanding locals who are making their neighborhoods stronger to join its #NeighborhoodHeroes Leadership Lab. Apply here. If you want to recommend someone, you can do that here.

EVENTS

OUR EVENTS AND PARTNER EVENTS

👨‍🍳 3/7: Saute the night away with Miami culinary scene OG Ken Lyon (Wynwood)

📺 3/8: Learn how WatchMojo built an audience of 20 million (Allapattah)

💃 3/16: Celebrate Miami’s epic street traditions at “Avenues of Expression” (Use promo code “NewTropic” for free entry!) (Downtown)

😊 3/16-3/18: World Happiness Summit

AROUND TOWN

THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY.

Now go get yourself a cafecito.


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