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This is Donna Kalil, one of the volunteer Burmese python huntresses helping the Everglades fight the invasive species. She’s been entering the annual Python Challenge for years and grew up hunting snakes in her South Florida backyard. Thanks to @mdeblinger for sharing her story!


NewCo is a conference highlighting the most inspiring companies and it makes stops in cities all around the world, from Shanghai to Boston. This year, it’s  added Miami to the tour, and dozens of companies driving change in our city are taking part on March 25-26.

If you attend, you can get inside more than 40 local companies who are changing the way the Magic City does business. Moonlight as an investor at a mock pitch event led by Miami Angels (formerly AGP). Team build with a drum circle led by Guitars over Guns.  See how technology is changing the classroom with ed tech company Nearpod. Learn how we at The New Tropic tell the stories of the city by helping us map the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Peep the whole schedule here.

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Walk it out. Students and faculty across the country will walk out of their schools at 10 a.m. local time today in a massive national protest against national gun laws on Parkland’s one-month anniversary. At least 18 South Florida schools will join the protest. But one Parkland student won’t be part of it – 16-year-old Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Kyle Kashuv has become a lonely, loud voice against gun control. (Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald)

Last chance. An assault weapons ban didn’t make it into the gun control bill that the Florida legislature passed this session, but the proposal’s not dead yet. The Constitutional Review Commission, which meets every 20 years to propose revisions to the Florida constitution, is accepting proposals right now, and Broward State Sen. Chris Smith is asking it  to consider an assault weapons ban. If the commission accepts the proposal, it will go on the ballot as a referendum in November, like medical marijuana did in 2016. (Miami Herald)

FINALLY. Brightline service to Miami is expected to begin in April. (Curbed)

#RealTalk. Local favorite cold-pressed juice company Jugofresh abruptly shut down all its Miami stores Tuesday. Owner Matthew Sherman was super honest about why: “ My lack of experience and the rapid expansion are what ultimately led us to close,” he wrote in an email. That level of honesty is pretty unusual, and even though Jugofresh didn’t work out, we’re giving major props to Sherman for his #realtalk. (Miami New Times, Instagram)

If these walls could talk. Little Havana’s Tower Hotel has been many things: a YMCA, a World War II hospital, a jazz spot, and apartment buildings. Last year, it was turned into an “immersive theater experience” by Juggerknot Theater Company. Next up: it will become the neighborhood’s first boutique hotel, through a partnership with local developer Barlington Group (whose managing partner, Bill Fuller, owns Ball & Chain). They vow to keep Tower Hotel’s history front and center. (Miami Herald)

Touchdown. Liberty City is hitting the small screen in “Warriors of Liberty City,” which will tell the story of the Liberty City Optimist Club football team – and the rising high school stars and NFL pros that emerged from it and the community that built it. The show debuted this weekend at SXSW and will start showing on the Starz channel soon. (Miami New Times)

ICYMI. Last night, Fort Lauderdale elected its first openly gay mayor, Dean Tantralis, and it’s kind of a big deal. He’s not the first in South Florida, though: that honor belongs to Richard Heyman, the mayor of Key West, who was elected in 1983. (Miami Herald, New York Times)

Yesterday we accidentally shared the wrong link for the Miami Herald’s Munch Madness challenge. Here’s the correct link. Now, get your vote on. Thanks to reader Heather Osweicki for catching that!

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