🙌 Looks like Apple heard Miami’s prayers.

🙌 Looks like Apple heard Miami’s prayers.


There’s a lot going on in the 305 these days: climate change and extreme weather events, a raging affordability crisis, a major need for legit public transit, and federal immigration policies that are sending shockwaves through our communities.

Elections are one of the key ways that you get to have a say in all that. But in our last county election in August 2016, voter turnout was only 20 percent. (And that was actually kind of high, because we were electing a county mayor, so people were paying more attention than usual.)

On Aug. 28, we’ll be heading back to the polls. Miami-Dade County voters will choose a bunch of new reps and officials, weigh in on state and national primaries, and vote on referendum items.

It’s a lot. And it’s kind of hard to understand. But voting in your local elections doesn’t have to feel as complicated as putting together IKEA furniture.

For every county election (and some city ones), we do a voter guide where we break down the ballot in plain English. Our goal is always to make it as useful for you as we can.

Can you help us do that this year? We have just one very important but very simple question: what do you want to know about the Aug. 28 local and primary elections?

Submit your questions about voting and the candidates here and we’ll work as many of them into our newsletter and guide as possible!

Pro tip: There are no stupid questions here. This isn’t about showing how much you already know about local politics by asking super wonky questions (although we’ll take those too! We like a good challenge).

Some example questions:

  • How do I get a mail-in ballot?
  • I’m not registered with a party. Can I vote in the primary election?
  • What does a circuit court judge do?
  • Where do the school board candidates stand on arming teachers?
  • What are the key differences between all the Democratic candidates for governor?

Submit your own questions here.

If you need a little guidance, here’s some of what you may find on the August ballot, depending on where in Miami-Dade you live:

  • A county commission race (Districts 2, 6, 8, 10, and 12)
  • A school board race
  • Circuit court and county judge races
  • A citywide referendum (aka a vote on a proposal)
  • Democratic and Republican primaries for the state House and Senate, governor, and U.S. Congress

You can find a sample ballot here.

We’ll be answering your questions about voting in the newsletter over the next couple weeks, and we’ll have our guide out as early voting opens next month. Not registered to vote yet?  July 30th is the deadline to register or update your information in time for the Aug. 28 election. You can do that here.

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Overtime. Today the City of Miami will vote on whether to hold a referendum in November for voters to decide whether to give the David Beckham group a no-bid deal to use the Melreese Country Club for its future Major League Soccer stadium. The city commission was supposed to decide last week, but instead it shelved the decision while the Beckham group gathered more information for the commissioners. We don’t know that much more going into today’s vote, but we know two things: Beckham is offering the city more money now, and  he’s running out of time to get this on the ballot. (Miami Herald)

Weed science. Before medical marijuana can hit the shelves, it needs to go through a whole bunch of tests to assess its potency, quality, and safety. If that’s happening in Florida, there’s a good chance it’s getting tested at EVIO Labs Florida in Davie, the only lab of its kind in the state. Take a peek inside. (ABC 7)

Showdown. As sea levels rise, SoFlo’s facing a serious conversation about what historic buildings are worth preserving, especially in Miami Beach, where about a third of homes are historic. North Beach’s Tatum Waterway may be the site of the first real showdown. It’s one of Miami Beach’s lowest lying neighborhoods, but it was also designated a historic district in May, which means the buildings there can’t be torn down. A company that owns property in the neighborhood is fighting that, saying that it’s unrealistic to preserve all the buildings especially when sunny day flooding is becoming a regular occurrence. (Miami Herald)

It’s complicated. After Hurricane Irma, sweaty SoFlo residents railed on FPL to underground its power lines and lessen the chances of the next storm knocking out pretty much the entire power grid. Although that’s a good prevention strategy for windy storms, if we get a really wet storm like Hurricane Harvey, which left Houston underwater, underground power lines face a whole new host of problems. (WLRN)

Even the garlic sauce can’t redeem that. The new Miami Marlins owners may have gotten rid of the mascots race, but at least they’re not down with racism. After Papa John’s founder John Schnatter was caught using the n-word during a conference call last week, the Marlins ended their agreement with the pizza company, which means no more Papa John’s served at their games. (Miami New Times)

RIP. Miami has lost one of the folks who helped build this city into the metropolis we know today: Lawyer Robert Traurig, who passed away Tuesday. He co-founded the Greenberg Traurig law firm in 1967, which went on to be one of the world’s largest law firms. Traurig, a zoning lawyer, helped the developers behind iconic projects like Brickell Avenue’s skyscrapers and Cocowalk push their projects through the zoning process and, in doing so, transformed the county. (Miami Herald)

Check out this event from our advertiser, The Miami-Dade Beacon Council.

🏢 What Will Miami look like in 2030? Come learn about Advantage Miami and our path to prosperity while networking with top CEO’s, entrepreneurs, elected officials and innovators.

Our Partner Events

🎶Today: Groove to some jazz at the Yard (Wynwood)

🍛Tomorrow: Try all the healthy, delicious noms at Jackson Hall (Allapattah)

🎥 Friday: Congolese rhythms come to Overtown for the Black Lounge Film Series (Overtown)

🎥 Saturday: Catch Krush Groove, a hip hop classic, with the Black Lounge Film Series (Overtown)

🗣Thursday, July 26: Ask a dietician all your questions about sugar (Allapattah)

Around Town


🐢Watch sea turtle hatchlings be released into the wild (Haulover Beach)

😋Try all the food truck noms (North Bay Village)

🎤Catch an open mic night (Allapattah)


🗳Hear from the D-27 Democratic candidates (Coconut Grove)

💵 Get a District 8 breakdown of the county budget (Cutler Bay)

🌃Jam around a rooftop pool (Downtown)

🌊Talk climate change, Miami, and voting (South Beach)

🐟Dance to save the fishies – corrected date (Downtown)

🎭 A new season of Microtheater kicks off (Downtown)


🇨🇴Celebrate Colombian independence with a massive party (Wynwood)

🌌Explore the galaxy with Frost Science (Downtown)

🎸Celebrate 15 years of PALO! (Little Havana)

☕Talk intention at Creative Mornings with the owner of Loba (Downtown)

🍹Party after hours at The Bass (South Beach)


🚴Take a history tour of Coconut Grove by bike (Coconut Grove)

🕺Celebrate the grand opening of the Bodyshop Experience (Wynwood)

🔬Be a scientist for a day (Key Biscayne)

🌅Start your morning off with a rooftop yoga sesh, then dance it out (Mid-Beach)

🍻 Show your Hialeah pride at this neighborhood hang (Hialeah)

☕ Attention creatives: Brand New Mornings is back (South Beach)

🎹 Jam with Afrobeta (Wynwood)


👩‍🎨 Local artists take over Mango’s (South Beach)

💃 Sip and salsa at Bousa Brewing (Little River)

🥁Learn West African dance (Little Haiti)

🎭 Catch Shakespeare under the stars (North Beach)

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag @thenewtropic on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with a New Tropic membership.


Yesterday we gave you the backstory on Charles Le Jeune, the namesake of Le Jeune Road, prompted by a question from New Tropic reader Rafael Ciordia.

Well, Rafael replied with a little road-related trivia question of his own:  “Which major east-west street in Miami Dade used to have a canal dividing it, and it is now still there but covered over?”

He stumped us. Wanna take a guess? Vote below:

(A)*|SURVEY: Bird Road|*
(B) *|SURVEY: Miller Drive|*
(C) *|SURVEY: Coral Way|*

We’ll share the answer mañana.

– The New Tropic

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