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Yea, this weather’s making us a little coco-nutty too.


It’s no secret: there’s a lot of anxiety out there about climate change, sea level rise and what it means for Miami’s future.

Studies have painted a bleak  picture for the future of Miami’s low-lying areas. About $69 billion worth of property could be at risk of flooding by 2030. And recent research from Harvard shows that the gloom and doom is already reducing selling prices for homes near the water. Plus, their value is gaining more slowly than inland properties.

With all that in mind, we asked you, experts and New Tropic readers, how climate change has impacted your decision to buy in Miami and what steps folks can take to lessen the risks. We rounded up some of those responses in this video. (Thanks to Mario Ariza, Franco Caliz, Teague Gonzalez, and everyone else who shared their experiences and tips!)

Here’s some of what they shared:

  • Know where the home you’re looking to buy sits on a flood map
  • Don’t just factor in coastal areas; flooding can happen in inland communities, too.
  • Do plenty of research on flood insurance (and where it’s headed, not just today’s rates)

In the coming months, we’ll continue looking into what Miamians should consider when buying a home. How does it make you feel when you think about climate change, sea level rise, and real estate in the 305? Let us know in the comments on our video with an emoji (or several) that sum up your feelings!

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Miami Beach’s most controversial weekend is here. Tens of thousands of tourists, many of them people of color, will descend on South Beach for the informal hip hop festival known as Urban Beach Weekend. Miami Beach police will be out in full force, drawing the MacArthur and Julia Tuttle causeways down to one lane of Beach-bound traffic in order to screen license plates, and patrolling the streets in large numbers. Many say it’s a thinly-veiled attempt to discourage black tourists from coming to the Beach.

After a shooting last year – unrelated to Urban Beach Weekend – and a battle of words between civil rights organizations and Miami Beach government, Miami Beach vowed to overhaul its approach and work with the NAACP to create city-sanctioned programming that isn’t hostile to Urban Beach Weekend tourists. This year will be the first true test of their efforts. (Miami New Times, Miami Herald)

Plus… local photographer Johann Rahaman is trying to disrupt the narrative of Urban Beach Weekend being a problem with her floating art exhibit “Water Rights.” And here’s a guide to surviving the traffic mess. Tip: pay attention to those causeway lane closures. (Miami New Times, Miami Herald)

Blue skies ahead. You know the feeling: You’re standing at the door, watching a sudden downpour and eyeing the blue skies that look like they’re only a couple blocks away. You’re probably asking yourself: “How long will this rain last? Can I wait it out?” Well, now you’ll know, thanks to a new hyperlocal weather service rolling out in Florida. (WLRN)

The “sex offender shuffle.” Miami-Dade County’s strict regulations about where sex offenders can live leave them with few places to legally live. After being forced to break up their encampment in Hialeah last month, they set up a camp near the airport. Now police are forcing them to leave that spot, too. The way they’re being forced to roam the county has a name: the “sex offender shuffle.” And advocacy organizations are calling for an end to it. (Miami New Times)

We’re here for this. Miami-Dade is still studying how to implement the SMART Plan, a massive rail expansion project that we’ve been hearing about for years now. But they’re also implementing a bunch of smaller transit projects that will get done much faster and more cheaply. On the list: a Tri-Rail station between the Design District and Midtown, an express bus to Miami Beach from the Golden Glades and Allapattah, and trolleys in some of the western parts of the county. Yes pls. (Miami Herald)

Teamwork. One of the most incredible things about the recent student activism on gun control is the way that teens from Parkland and Liberty City have teamed up to make sure the national convo includes the daily violence affecting inner-city teens – something that receives only a fraction of the attention that mass school shootings get. As students from both neighborhoods met up in Washington to speak before Congress this week, they plotted ways to push their agenda, together. (Miami Herald)

Ugh. People worried about Miami’s growing inequality celebrated a couple weeks ago when the county commission approved a living wage ordinance for all businesses leasing property from Miami-Dade County (for example, all the food spots at Miami International Airport). But their celebration was short-lived. Mayor Carlos Gimenez vetoed the ordinance, saying that requiring businesses to pay their workers at least $15 an hour would do too much damage to Miami-Dade’s ability to compete for new business. (Miami Herald)

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Around Town

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🎷 Enjoy some jazz by “La Vie” on the MOCA plaza (North Miami)

🌵 Check out the succulent and cactus festival, a millennial renter’s dreamthrough Sunday (Pinecrest)

🎷 Catch some jazz where the legends once played (Brownsville)

🎞 Catch a flick at the New Black Cinema Showcasethrough Saturday (Coral Gables, Liberty City)


🎵 Browse Miami’s largest selection of records at this pop-up (Wynwood)

🎇Catch Miami Beach’s Air & Sea Show and “Music Explosion” concert (ft. Shaggy and DJ Irie) (South Beach)

🎸POSTPONED: Get down to that Miami sound with the Spam Allstars (North Beach)

🍺Drinks with Politicians in Bars interviews Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (Little Haiti)

🌇 Take an architecture tour  (Downtown)


🧘Yoga with a serious view at Vizcaya (Coconut Grove)

🖼Celebrate 21 years of the Wallflower Gallery (Little Haiti)

🕺Bring your own record to Broken Shaker tonight (South Beach)

🍺Paint your own beer glass – then drink Veza Sur’s microbrews in it (Wynwood)

MONDAY, MAY 28 – Memorial Day!

🍖Barbecue on the PAMM veranda (Downtown)

🍺Drink local craft brews and chow down on BBQ noms (Wynwood)

🐶 Drink Veuve Clicquot with your puppy (Miami River)


🍕 Learn how to make perfect Neapolitan pizza (Brickell)

🗳 Speed meet the Democratic District 27 candidates (Allapattah)

🌕 Dance like nobody’s watching at the Full Moon Drum Circle (North Beach)

🎤 Petit Biscuit is live at The Ground (Downtown)


We’ll leave you with this pro tip: putting your hazard lights on while driving in the rain is actually less safe than using just your normal headlights, and you can get slapped with a $129 fine. So yeah, don’t do that.

Stay dry, and have a great long weekend. We’re taking Monday off, just like most of you, so we’ll see you in your inbox Tuesday. 👋

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