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This is Roxcy Bolton, probably the best known women’s rights activist in Miami. For decades, she went head to head with political, business, and cultural leaders (and Hugh Hefner!) to advocate for greater rights for women and other minorities.

It would take too much space in this newsletter to list all the cool, important, trailblazing work she did, so read her obituary in the Miami Herald (or The New York Times, because she was that legit). Here’s one fun fact: She’s the one who got meteorologists to stop naming tropical storms and hurricanes after only women because women “deeply resent being arbitrarily associated with disaster.”

“She was just a scrapper and a fighter through her whole life. She was refreshing, a terror in her time, and every community needs someone like a Roxcy Bolton to push back and make sure people are doing the right thing,” former Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason told the Miami Herald. You may know her for her oft-quoted line, “No matter what anyone tells you, one person can make a difference.”

She’s buried not far from Julia Tuttle, the mother of Miami. Her epitaph simply reads: “Woman.”


In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ll be highlighting women who have shaped our city. Got a suggestion of someone to highlight? Hit reply and let us know.

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Did we make any meaningful progress on gun control legislation in the last 24 hours?

The much-debated Senate Bill 7026 was approved by the House and will now go to Gov. Rick Scott for approval.

As a reminder here are some of the major changes this bill would make:

  • A  Floridian would have to be at least 21 years old (instead of 18 years old) to buy a gun from a licensed seller.
  • Someone purchasing a gun would have to wait three days from the time they buy it until they take it home.
  • The police could report a person who poses a potential threat to others and seize that person’s guns.
  • No one in Florida could sell or own bump stocks, the devices that make a semi-automatic gun fire like an automatic weapon.
  • The state would budget $400 million for mental health programs and support for school districts.

What won’t change as of now? Assault weapons are not banned. And some school staff could still be armed with guns.

Now it’s up to Gov. Scott to approve the bill. What’s the likelihood? Well, he’s expressed some opposition to the “marshal” program that would arm teachers and also to the three-day waiting period for gun sales (he’s said in the past that there shouldn’t be any waiting period).

And 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.

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WANT. We knew Mister O1 pizza was good, but we didn’t know it was this good: The Italian founder is in the U.S. on an O-1 visa, which requires you to demonstrate an “extraordinary ability” – and his extraordinary ability is his PIZZA MAKING. It took Renato Viola a year of cooking competitions, television appearances, and other “pizza acrobatics” to prove he was legit. BRB, making our reservation RN. (Miami Herald)  

A tale of two cities. The debate over whether to arm some school personnel has exposed a major racial rift in the Florida legislature. While many white Republicans are all about arming everyone from teachers to coaches, their black counterparts are sounding the alarm. Children of color are often punished much worse than their white classmates, and with guns in the classroom, they’re worried about how far that could go. Meanwhile, down here in Miami-Dade, communities facing daily gun violence are fighting to make sure that amid the Parkland debate, legislators don’t forget about them, too. “The symptoms of not having good gun control is a mass murder, but it’s also a murder, after a murder, after a murder— one at a time. And those shootings are happening across our community every day,” Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert said. (WLRN)

Ball out. If you’re looking for an extra special, extra Miami hotel experience – and you’ve got $1,500 to blow – consider a stay in the American Airlines Arena luxury suite. For tonight only, one of the luxury suites will be turned into a hotel room that you can book. (Miami.com)

Full steam ahead. Brightline says that ridership of the Ft. Lauderdale to West Palm Beach section of the high-speed rail is three times what it expected. Just wait until it reaches Miami later this year. (SFBJ)

We have so many questions. Broward County tech star Magic Leap just raised $461 million from the Saudi Arabian government, which means its total funding has now hit $2.35 billion. BUT WHAT DOES IT DO?! (SFBJ)

What’s next for Parkland. Nikolas Cruz, the Parkland shooter, was indicted yesterday in Broward County on 17 first-degree murder charges and 17 attempted murder charges. No word yet on whether the state attorney will seek the death penalty – he usually meets with family members of the victims before making that call. (Sun-Sentinel)

I came in like a wrecking ball. There’s pretty much zero open waterfront property left in Miami-Dade, so now developers are buying up older buildings and knocking them down so they can build shiny, new bigger ones in their place. If you’re a property owner in one of them, you could have some major dolla dolla bills coming your way. (Miami Herald)

On Wednesday we wrote “daylight savings time,” as in plural. But it’s actually “daylight saving time.” Thanks to reader Oriana Penaranda for letting us know. To prove her point, she sent us this amazing video from Veep, where the same debate went down. When you send us funny YouTube videos with your corrections, it makes our day.

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