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Daydreaming of this Downtown view from the Miami River. (📸: @meganzin)
RACING TO THE RUNOFF
Remember last month’s special election for the District 5 seat on the Miami-Dade County Commission? Well no candidate got a clear majority. That means there’ll be a runoff between the two top vote-getters: Eileen Higgins and Zoraida Barreiro, who finished second. Here’s what you need to know to #votelikeyoulivehere:
HOW DID PEOPLE VOTE IN THE MAY ELECTION? Matthew Isbell of MCI Maps put together a really thorough breakdown of how the vote went last month and how the district splits along political party lines (it’s a nonpartisan race but Zoraida is Republican and Eileen is a Democrat). Scroll toward the bottom of his post for the most recent info.
WAIT, WHERE IS DISTRICT 5 AGAIN? District 5 covers Little Havana, Downtown Miami, South Beach and most of Mid and North Beach.
WHO SHOULD I VOTE FOR? Well, we can’t tell you that, but here’s info on both candidates in our updated voter guide.
WHERE DO I GO TO VOTE? Voter turnout in May was just under 13 percent 🙁. That’s not surprising for a special election but still really lowwww. Here’s where you can find your nearest early voting spots and see a sample ballot.
WHEN DO I VOTE? Early voting starts Saturday and goes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, through June 17.
WHAT IF I WANT TO VOTE ON ELECTION DAY? Here’s a list of the polling places open on June 19.
Don’t miss your chance to make your voice heard, Miami.
HOW DO I LOVE THEE? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS
It’s no surprise that we have been huge fans and friends of The Wynwood Yard since its inception. We’ve recently partnered with them and want to showcase how the Yard came to be a beloved community space. We’ve experienced some of our favorite parties, eats, and musical performances there and we know we’re not the only ones.
What are some of your most-loved memories from Wynwood Yard? We’ll be making a modern-day love letter to share with the Yard. Share a favorite experience or photo by replying to this email or tagging @thenewtropic on Instagram.
WHAT’S NEW IN THE 305
New city on the block? After years of planning meetings, the area between Aventura and North Miami Beach could become its own city if voters approve it in November. The Northeast Miami-Dade area includes neighborhoods like Ojus and Highland Lakes and has a population of about 20,000 people. If voters approve the ballot measure and the county’s into the idea too, it’d be the 35th city in Miami-Dade and the first new municipality since Cutler Bay incorporated in 2005. (Miami Herald)
Changing of the old guard. Development is a constant in Miami, especially in Downtown Miami and Brickell, and that is impacting several affordable housing developments, including the George Humphrey Tower in Brickell. Because of a change in federal policy, by 2019, the building won’t have to offer up affordable housing any more. That means its residents, mostly seniors, won’t be guaranteed affordable rents or a place to stay. Across the city, tenants are looking to form associations to extend their stays or work with developers to keep their homes. (WLRN)
We don’t practice Santeria. Miami’s been the home of some unique practices, like vodou and Santeria, for decades, but caretakers at three local historic cemeteries say there’s been an uptick in trespassing and vandalism recently. People have been opening coffins to steal bones and leaving everything from candy to dead animals at gravestones 😨(Miami Herald)
Regalado’s next move. It was in the works for months and now it’s official: Former Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado has been appointed by President Trump to run the federal office in charge of Radio and TV Martí, the network that’s been counter programming to Cuba’s state-run media for decades. Regalado, who has criticized Trump in the past, told Politico that the move signifies that “there is a different policy toward Cuba coming from the Trump administration.” (Politico Florida)
Way more helpful than Uber. Miami and Miami Beach have teamed up to create an app that will help drivers navigate with sea level rise and flooding in mind. The app’s developers want the app to be able to notify residents about when and where to expect flooding at any given address so they can plan out their commute, place sandbags at their door, or figure out where they’ll park their car. Staffers from both cities will be gathering feedback on the app throughout the summer before they submit the plan to the Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge. (Miami Herald)
OUR PARTNER EVENTS
🍳 Tuesday, June 12: Learn Michael Schwartz’s kitchen tricks (Wynwood)
🌀 Tuesday, June 12: Take a deep dive into how climate change affects hurricanes (Allapattah)
🎶 Friday, June 15: Jam with “The New Schematics” (Wynwood)
🗣 Friday, June 15: Watch “Woodpeckers” and chat with one of the movie’s stars (Overtown)
📽 Saturday, June 16: Grab some brunch, meditate and watch a film on holistic health (Miami Beach)
🎥 Saturday, June 16: Catch a martial arts cult classic (Overtown)
🎮 Break out the Mario Kart at Cafeina (Wynwood)
🏳️🌈 Catch LGBT-focused short flicks + a drag show at Microtheater Miami – through June 24 (Downtown)
🗣 Gather “around the table” with Ruth Shack (Allapattah)
⚽ Kick it at PAMM’s futbol-themed community night (Downtown)
🎸Get down to that Miami sound with the Spam Allstars (North Beach)
💻 Try out Tribe on free co-working Friday (Overtown)
🕹 Go epic places without leaving Miami at this VR expo – through Saturday (Little River)
🎂 Celebrate a year of Las Rosas (Allapattah)
🎤 Jam with T-Swift (Miami Gardens)
🍻 Try all the cider at the Spillover’s second annual festival (Coconut Grove)
💃 Do yoga and dance your heart out with Daybreaker (Wynwood)
🌙 Take a moonlit paddle on Biscayne Bay (Homestead)
🌼Take a trip to the ‘70s to celebrate the end of spring (Miami River)
🗳 Get the Cliffs Notes on how government actually works (Coconut Grove)
🎵 Catch Monsieur Periné at the Bandshell (North Beach)
💃 Sip and salsa at Bousa Brewing (Little River)
📗 Journey into the Everglades with a new field guide (Coral Gables)
🍽 Dine like you’re vacationing on Cape Cod (Coral Gables)
📚Hear author Rachel Slade discuss her book on the El Faro tragedy (Coral Gables)
OTHER WAYS TO HELP GUATEMALA
In Wednesday’s newsletter we mentioned five places accepting donated goods for the country after last week’s devastating volcano eruption. In addition to that, the United Way is also accepting monetary donations through Operation Helping Hands. You can make a donation here or by calling 305-643-2501.
– The New Tropic