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WHAT DOES HOMEOWNERSHIP MEAN FOR YOU?

Over the past few months, we’ve been looking at the many aspects of the home buying process in South Florida. Here’s a quick recap of what we’ve covered so far:

For many first-time homebuyers, turning the key in their front door for the first time can mean a lot. It’s often talked about as “The American Dream.”

Here is what a few fellow South Floridians had to say when we asked, “What does homeownership mean to you?”

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HEAD TO THE POLLS KNOWING WHAT’S UP.

Abolish ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has been a rallying cry among many Democrats since President Trump’s family separation policy went into effect. Here’s where the Democratic candidates for U.S. Congress District 27 stand on abolishing the agency:

  • Matt Haggman: Yes
  • Michael Hepburn: Yes
  • Kristen Rosen-Gonzalez: No
  • David Richardson: Yes
  • Donna Shalala: No

It’s a tight race for this seat. Get to know your choices for the Democratic candidate in our voter guide.


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WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305

It’s not news that Beach Towing is sketchy AF. But turns out that they’re not just preying on confused residents and tourists, now they’re just straight up adding fake charges to towing bills. Miami Beach says it’s investigating the allegations. (Miami New Times)

Maybe it’s more of a pale blue. A bunch of Democratic wins in important local elections have lots of folks predicting a “blue wave” across Florida, but so far it’s not happening. The percentage of registered Democrats is actually down almost 2 percent since 2016, and the number of Democratic vote-by-mail absentee ballots trails those sent in by Republicans. “None of us will admit this publicly, but we’re worried,” a Democratic consultant said. Meanwhile, the number of progressive women running for office in Florida has quadrupled in the last two years, according to Ruth’s List, an organization that recruits and supports female candidates for office. (POLITICO, Miami New Times)

Road trip. Not that you should ever steal public funds, but is it a tiny bit better if you steal that money to do something wholesome like take a road trip to Mt. Rushmore? North Miami City Clerk Michael Etienne wants to know. (Miami New Times)

Paying up. If the sudden rush of backlogged SunPass charges left you with a bunch of overdraft fees, Conduent, the vendor who runs the SunPass system, is ready to pay you back. Here’s how to make that happen. (Tampa Bay Times)

Tardy. Miami-Dade County schools resume classes on Monday. A new post-Parkland state law mandated that every school have police officers on site, but about 60 schools will probably still be lacking an officer when the bell rings. Five cities within the county (including the City of Miami) haven’t signed an agreement with the school district to provide officers because, they say, high crime rates prevent them from taking any officers off the streets. (Miami Herald)

Here’s your next beach read. Looking for some final summer reading recommendations? This list of Haitian female authors is a clutch source of suggestions, not only because so much of Miami has been shaped by Haitian immigrants and you oughta know a bit more about that, but because the list includes two local literary powerhouses as well. (We are Mitu)

He’s back. Crazy Joe has been sort of laying low since he got elected to the City of Miami Commission last November, but it seems like now that he’s settled in, he’s reclaiming the title. Bill Fuller, the owner of Ball & Chain in Little Havana, says Joe Carollo had been hanging out in the bar’s parking lot in the wee hours of the morning for some kind of “investigating.” When an employee asked him what was up, Carollo reportedly yelled, “I am the law!” Fuller says Carollo has been harassing him with “bogus violations” because he’s got beef with the fact that Fuller supported his opponent in the last election. (Miami New Times)

Oops. Yesterday we said that the CocoWalk facelift had forced Gap to close, but we were wrong. Gap’s doors are still very much open. Sorry about that, and thanks to Sonya Delong for catching our mistake.  

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EVENTS

OUR PARTNER EVENTS

🕉 Saturday, Aug. 25: Do a yoga scavenger hunt with Athleta on Lincoln Road – corrected date  (Miami Beach)

🍳Wednesday, Aug. 29: Learn how to cook nature-inspired food with Chef Ilde Ferrer at the Yard (Wynwood)

AROUND TOWN

TODAY

🤣 LOL with Florida’s funniest female (Cutler Bay)

🥁 Celebrate Afro-Cuban dance – through Saturday (Downtown)

🎸 Catch some of the 305’s best up and coming bands (Homestead)

🐢 Squeal over a sea turtle hatchling release (Key Biscayne)

⛸️ Skate all night long at Super Wheels (Kendall)

🎵 Throwback at Laser Fridays (Downtown)

🍸 Party after hours at the Bass (South Beach)

 

TOMORROW

📻Get behind the scenes at WDNA for National Radio Day (Coral Way)

🍻Celebrate Veza Sur Brewing’s first birthday (Wynwood)

🎨Check out experimental art, film and workshops at 777 Mall (Downtown)

🌱Explore some nature and volunteer at EcoAction Day (North Miami)

🛥️Learn the history of Stiltsville and more on a sunset cruise (Downtown)

🛶Explore Key Biscayne Key by kayak (Key Biscayne)

💻Learn some coding at this one-day bootcamp (Wynwood)

 

SUNDAY

📚Learn ancient book-binding techniques at the Wolfsonian (South Beach)

🌳Take a bike tour through a lush tree canopy (Coral Gables)

😅Check out a comedy night at The Corner (Downtown)

🎨Watch artists create pieces inspired by climate, jobs, and justice (Liberty City)

 

MONDAY

🍺Learn how to parent over a cold beer at Lincoln’s Beard (Westchester)

🍞Learn from Zak the Baker how to launch your own food biz (Wynwood)

🗣️Up your public speaking game (Downtown)

🧘 Downward dog with a DJ (South Beach)

 

TUESDAY

🗣️ Join the BLCK Family and jam with James Klynn (Downtown)

🍺 Shred with Concrete Beach Brewery and the Surfrider Foundation (Wynwood)

🎶 Expand your music horizons at World Music Tuesdays (Wynwood)

 

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


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THAT’S ALL FOR THE WEEK.

But, if you happen to be craving poutine, did you know that you don’t have to head to Montreal to get it? Babe’s Meat & Counter serves up the greasy goodness every Sunday, except for this week, when they’re serving it on Saturday, instead.

Dig in, have a great weekend, and give us your poutine review if you go.

– The New Tropic


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