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Andrew with the last bags of trash that brought him to two tons. (📸: Andrew Otazo)

“What was once an open landfill now actually looks like a nature preserve,” Otazo says. “If we do not address the sources of Miami’s marine plastic pollution (careless beach goers and boaters, storm drain runoff, and egregious plastic consumption), my work will be in vain. Every high tide brings a new deposit of trash.”

If you want to join Andrew out at Bear Cut, you can hit him up on Facebook or Instagram. And if you can’t swing one of his cleanups, there are several other local organizations, including Debris Free Oceans, Miami Waterkeeper, VolunteerCleanup.Org, and the Frost Museum, regularly hosting their own. Plus, if you want to get to the root of the problem and cut down on your trash, we’ve got tips on how to do that here.

WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305

A South Florida connection. Yesterday a gunman opened fire at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, killing five members of the staff. Among those killed was an editor and columnist with deep South Florida ties: Rob Hiaasen, the brother of Miami Herald columnist and author Carl Hiaasen. Rob was born in Ft. Lauderdale and worked at the Palm Beach Post before heading north. “He loved the mission of journalism and he loved the idea of working at a paper like the Gazette, doing hometown news, which is the core and the heart of our business,” Carl said. “He was a remarkable brother and a remarkable man.” (New York Times, Miami Herald)

An apple for teacher. Miami-Dade County public school teacher salaries can’t keep up with our skyrocketing cost of living, making it hard for the district to hold on to good educators. But without more funding from the state, the district says it has only one real option: asking voters to pay up. The county is writing up a potential referendum for the November ballot on raising property taxes in order to pay for raises for teachers and to hire more school safety personnel. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho is hoping that the district’s new A-grade status will make voters more likely to say yes. (Miami Herald)

What a tease. David Beckham’s Major League Soccer ownership group is so close to choosing a name and a manager. The owners say they have short lists for both, and that the announcement is “imminent.” Also on deck: plans for the proposed stadium site at the county-owned Melreese golf course by the airport. (Miami Herald)

He said she said. The City of Miami Police Department has spent big bucks on body cameras amid a ton of scrutiny over police misconduct, but according to the Civilian Investigative Panel, which investigates complaints against police, a lot of cops aren’t bothering to actually use them. The CIP issued warnings in 2016, 2017, and again last month. City of Miami’s police chief says the panel’s claims are just not true. (Miami New Times)

Pick me! Pick me! The competition to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention is down to three cities: Miami Beach, Milwaukee, and Houston. The Herald got a peek at Miami Beach’s bid (which includes Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami) and it promises things like speeches at the American Airlines Arena, parties at the zoo, and having delegates sleep on cruise ships. (Miami Herald)

On Miami time. Despite the fact that architects and engineers have made huge strides in designing homes that can make it through extreme weather events without major damage, almost no one is asking them to build those homes. In the last 10 years, only about 8,000 new homes have been designated “fortified,” which means they have features that guarantee pretty basic things like  roof staying attached and not leaking in a hurricane. Why? Cost, and a lack of urgency. Until this last year of monster hurricanes and wildfires, few saw it as a worthwhile investment. (Bloomberg)

About time. Miami Beach just opened its affordable housing waitlist for the first time since 2015. They closed it back then because the backlog was so immense they couldn’t fathom adding anyone else to the list. Why’s it so crazy? With the median rent hovering at $1,580, the city’s market rate housing is totally unaffordable for most of the city’s service industry employees. (Miami New Times)

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EVENTS

OUR PARTNER EVENTS

📽Friday: Check out a vintage Japanese gangster film at O Cinema (Wynwood)

🔬Saturday: Have some summer fun with the kiddos at the Yard (Wynwood)

🗣Saturday: Hear from legendary poets at the Maroon Poetry Festival (Liberty City)

🍞 Tuesday, July 10: Talk food entrepreneurship at Tostada Tuesdays (North Miami Beach)

AROUND TOWN

TODAY

👞 Mr. Rogers documentary opens (Wynwood)

🎧 Jam with some of SoFlo’s best beatmakers (Liberty City)

🍺 Pick up trash and pub crawl (Wynwood)

🍹 Party after hours at The Bass (South Beach)

📚 Explore the legacy of slavery at this book talk (Coral Gables)

☕ Talk craft at Creative Mornings, ft. Franklin Sirmans (Design District)

🚴 Grab your bike for Critical Mass (Downtown)

 

TOMORROW

✊ March to keep families together (Downtown)

😋 Celebrate the deliciousness of the lychee at this food festival (Homestead)

🤾Let your inner kid out at adult recess (South Beach)

🤣 The ladies take over Just the Funny (Coral Gables)

⚽Watch France take on Argentina in the World Cup (Various locations)

⚽Catch the Uruguay vs. Portugal World Cup match (Various locations)

 

SUNDAY

🥁 Get down at Reggae Sundays (Wynwood)

🥡Enjoy a Cuban-Vietnamese food mashup (Upper East Side)

🧘 Drink beer and do yoga (Little River)

🎭 Catch a performance of “Building the Wall” (Downtown)

⚽Watch Spain against Russia in the World Cup (Various locations)

⚽Catch the Croatia vs. Denmark World Cup match (Various locations)

 

MONDAY

🎶Put some soul in your Monday (Downtown)

🎸Catch the Wynwood Trio at the train station (Downtown)

🍺Learn about brews (Wynwood)

⚽Watch Brazil face Mexico in the World Cup (Various locations)

⚽Catch the Belgium vs. Japan World Cup match (Various locations)

 

TUESDAY

🍷Pop wine and beer bottles with Wynwood Brewing (Wynwood)

🎸Get down like it’s a Friday night at Las Rosas (Allapattah)

🍺Get your 4th of July party started early with Suenalo (Wynwood)

🏃Plog along and turn your kicks into a planter (Buena Vista)

⚽Watch the Swedes take on the Swiss in the World Cup (Various locations)

⚽Catch Colombia’s World Cup match against England (Various locations)

 

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GOT PLANS TOMORROW?

Now you do: the Maroon Poetry Festival. Local creatives and activists, including the folks behind the dope Smoke Signals Studio, have come together to bring Liberty City an all-day celebration of the black arts movement (hit up that link for some history on “maroon” communities). We’ll be there all day rocking the photo booth. Come say hi! 👋

– The New Tropic


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