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It’s all about perspective.


We know the November election seems far away and it probably feels like you just got that “I Voted” sticker in August. But the midterms will be here really soon.

We want our voter guide to help you all feel like winners at the polls. So take a second, look past the candidates you already know you’ll likely support, and let us know: what questions do you have about the Nov. 6 election, the candidates, the referenda, and the amendments?

There are about a dozen statewide amendments, a handful of countywide referenda, and some big ballot questions in Miami Beach and the City of Miami. (You can find a full sample ballot here.)

Need some inspiration? Here’s a few great questions we’ve already gotten so far:

  • I find it most difficult to evaluate the attorney general and the sitting judges. Where can I find information about prosecutorial philosophy for the AG and verdicts rendered for the judges? (Kelly Robinson)
  • What is the delay with the Gillum investigation? (Anonymous)
  • What do they plan to do about the toxic algae blooms that are ravishing our coastlines? What do the candidates plan on doing to combat the red tide, and how to mitigate the water pollution along Biscayne Bay and other important bodies of water? (Vanessa Haim, Marianna Yerak)
  • The wording of some constitutional amendments can be deceiving regarding implementation. Can you include the process of implementation? (Amore Rodriguez)
  • Does the constitutional amendment [10] require Miami-Dade County to have an elected Sheriff? What are the pros and cons? (Arun Ravindran)
  • What is that Amendment 6 we’ve been seeing commercials for? (Anonymous)

And if you need more info on how we’re building this guide or a look at what’s on the ballot, head here. You can also see the full list of submitted questions.

P.S. We promise there’s no such thing as a dumb question. There’s a lot of information (and misinformation) out there and we want to make sure we don’t miss out on anything you want to know. So have at us.

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All dried up. The dried-up fountain in Bayfront Park has been a confusing eyesore for tourists for about a decade, but that could be changing soon. City of Miami Commissioner Joe Carollo, the new chair of the park’s management trust, said he wants the fountain to flow once again, like it did when it was installed in the 1980s. The main issue? City of Miami leaders aren’t sure how much it will cost to clean out the fountain and replace its rusted pipes and pumps. (Miami Herald)

Get your fanny packs ready. If Ultra and Rolling Loud weren’t enough, Miami Beach could be bringing its own version of Coachella to SoFlo next year. After months of discussion, commissioners gave initial approval to the organizers of the Miami Beach Pop Festival to bring the party to South Beach in November 2019. The proposed site would be somewhere between 5th and 10th Streets and the event’s planners said residents would get a discount on the proposed $300 ticket price. (Miami Herald)

Looking for the perfect patty. Are the best Jamaican patties in New York or Miami? If you ask Starex Smith, best known as the “Hungry Black Man,” they’re right here in SoFlo. Is he right? If you check out any of these spots, tag us and give us your rating. (The Hungry Black Man)

Cinema complications. Movie lovers in Miami are still mourning the coming loss of O, Cinema’s Wynwood location, but co-founder Kareem Tabsch said there’s plenty to look forward to at the North Beach theater and beyond, including a residency to help support local filmmakers. But there could be trouble at the cinema’s North Beach home, too. Miami Beach officials recently deemed a section of the building – that’s been closed to the public since 2002 – as deficient due to electrical issues, mold, and flooding damage. The fixes could cost more than $500,000. (Re: Miami Beach)

The mystery of mango. We’re lucky here in Florida that when mango season hits, we’re overwhelmed with their deliciousness. But the tastiest variations, like the Alphonso from India, haven’t been  available in grocery stores for years. The podcast Gastropod took a deep dive into the fruit’s history here in the states, and showed plenty of love to SoFlo’s Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden. Thanks to Roshan Nebhrajani for the tip! (Gastropod)

The latest on the Ludlam Trail. There’s an abandoned railway running from Dadeland Mall to the Miami International Airport, and plans to turn it into the six-mile hiking and biking trail just got a big boost. The Miami-Dade County Commission just agreed to buy the land for $25 million, which means that once the deal goes through, construction can begin. Called the Ludlam Trail, it’s a big win for a part of the city with few safe places to bike. But folks living along the future trail are worried that a ton of development will follow, and the county still has to raise a bunch of money to actually build the thing, so keep your fingers crossed. (Miami Herald)

Things to do

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Jay Jackson premieres new work at YoungArts Choreographer, drag queen and activist Jay Jackson premieres new immersive dance theater work exploring non-binary identity and gender.


🎥Friday: Head to Ethiopia with the Black Lounge Film Series (Overtown)

🌱Friday: Talk food sustainability and dine courtesy of Hungry Harvest (Allapattah)

🎶Thursday, Sept. 27- Sunday, Sept. 30: Immerse yourself in RAW POP UP / LAB’s multisensory experiment of art, music, technology, and performance art. – 20 percent off if you use this link (Brickell)

🎥Thursday, Sept. 27 – Sunday, Sept 30: Catch works from the Caribbean’s most cutting-edge filmmakers at the Third Horizon Film Festival (Wynwood)

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😋 Work your way through all the food trucks at Haulover Park (Bal Harbour)

📔 Learn how to write a play (Little Haiti)

🌱Learn what’s in your food and how to actually detox (Design District)

🏢 Learn how the government works at all levels (Overtown)

🍦 Text and eat ice cream or geek out for Andrew Gillum (Edgewater, Wynwood)


🍖Enjoy some BBQ and sangria under the sunset (Wynwood)

🎨Take a painting class at the Bass (South Beach)

🗒️Play bingo with Miss Toto (Wynwood)

🎤Jam at an open mic and drum circle (Allapattah)


🎸Catch Electric Kif and Groove Orient at the Yard (Wynwood)

🗣️Discuss how art can help shape communities (Downtown)

🎵Learn all about this year’s Buskerfest (Allapattah)

🗳️Talk voter rights at The Standard (South Beach)

👩‍🎤Check out Laganja Estranja at Poplife Social (Downtown)


🌳Make or check out a pop-up park at Park(ing) Day (Various locations)

🎥Catch a screening of “The Gospel According to André” (South Beach)

📚Meet the author of Crazy Rich Asians (Coral Gables)

🎙️Party with Patrick and the Swayzees (South Beach)

💡Watch a laser lights show (Downtown)

🖼️Explore the Bass Museum after dark (South Beach)


🎶Catch some Argentinian indie-folk-electronica at the Bandshell (North Beach)

🎭Catch a new season of microtheater focused on the Tinder era – through Oct. 14  Downtown)

🎻Pull back the curtain at the New World Symphony Open House (South Beach)

🎵See ADULT. And Plack Blague perform at Gramps (Wynwood)

🎺Celebrate the launch of a new WDNA jazz show (Coconut Grove)

🎸Jam to Police cover band, Zendatta, at the Yard (Wynwood)

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.


We’ll catch you manaña, Miami.

– The New Tropic

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