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Mighty Michael. Hurricane Michael pummeled the Panhandle on Wednesday, coming ashore as a Category 4 storm near Panama City. It left more than 300,000 people without power, uprooted trees, demolished homes, and left at least two people dead. Gov. Rick Scott has asked President Trump to declare a major disaster in Florida to speed up aid to the devastated region, where many residents chose to stay instead of heeding evacuation suggestions. (Miami Herald)

Put on your rain boots. If there’s a hurricane headed for Florida, you can bet you’ll see Gov. Rick Scott, well, everywhere. And as Hurricane Michael bore down on the Panhandle this week, just a few weeks out from close gubernatorial and senate elections, politicians like Scott and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson were spotted all over the place, because a great showing as a prepared, resolute leader could notch them a win – and one wrong move could ruin their entire campaign. But one thing was new this time around: campaigns kept the attack ads against both Andrew Gillum and Rick Scott on the air, breaking an unofficial bipartisan campaign role that campaigning, especially negative campaigning, stops when a tragedy strikes. (The New York Times, Miami Herald)

A shitty situation. Every time it rains, a block of Opa-locka fills with sludgy, raw sewage, feces…  and all the things that come along with that. The city says that there’s no sewage problem, and hasn’t even reported it to the county. But the city’s been under a state of emergency for a few years now for mismanagement of public utilities, and has struggled to meet pretty much all of its public works obligations for years. Residents are fed up, and tired of wading through “poop-filled moats” to get to their homes. (Miami Herald)

Follow the money. If you live in South Florida, tolls are basically a way of life – a mysterious one. The average commuter spends $1,000 a year on tolls, and has no real understanding of where that money goes, why tolls are going up, and why there are so many in the first place. Well, now it’s less of a mystery, thanks to this breakdown. (Miami Herald)

YASSSS. It’s the second most wonderful time of year in South Florida: stone crab season (the first is Knaus Berry Farm cinnamon roll season, obviously). Here’s where you can get your stone crab fix, and here is how to order like a boss if you decide to splash out and head to Joe’s. (Miami.com)

Denial. Developers are forever being asked whether the threat of sea level rise has dampened their desire to build and build (and build some more) in the 305. Generally, their answer is “nope.” And this week, despite a damning UN report that spells out catastrophe in just the next couple decades, it’s still “nope.” “If I have great beachfront locations I will definitely still build on the beachfront because our greatest asset in South Florida is the water,” mega-developer Jorge Perez said. Welp. (WLRN)

Things to do


🌱Now through Oct. 15: Restaurant week hits The Yard with a prix fixe menu for plant-based foodies (Wynwood and other locations)

🍹Thursday, Oct. 18: Chill at Charcoal’s Tiki Thursdays (Wynwood)

✊🏿Friday, Oct. 19: Learn how black politicians transformed Atlanta at the Black Lounge Film Series screening of MAYNARD (Overtown)

🦀Tuesday, Oct. 16 – Saturday, Oct. 20: Kick off stone crab season with South Beach Seafood Festival, an epic week of pop-up cafes, fresh seafood, open bars, live music, culinary demonstrations, and more (Miami Beach)

🎃 Saturday, Oct. 20: Get in some adorable dog watching at our Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest (South Beach)

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🎞️ Catch a film at the GEMS Film Festival – through Sunday (Little Havana)

🎶Immerse yourself in the music at the Listening Den (Little River)

🎻Nu Deco is back with a genre-bending performance ft. Cory Henry – through Saturday (Wynwood)

🎞️Talk film, race, and identity with Arthur Jafa (Downtown)

✏️Sip an adult beverage and make adult sketches (South Beach)


🎷Catch some jazz at the Historic Hampton House (Brownsville)

🎇Watch Hocus Pocus under the stars (South Miami)

🎸Jam at a tribute to the Grateful Dead at the Fillmore (South Beach)

🧟Go to Zombie Prom (Downtown)

🤣Laugh it up at Villain’s weekly TGIF show (Little Haiti)


🍎Celebrate local food and farmers at the Redland GrowFest (Redlands)

🍺Drink plenty of beer at Grovetoberfest (Coconut Grove)

🎇Get a little spooky with a screening of Hocus Pocus (Wynwood)
🎶Celebrate the magic of the 305 at CultureFest (Downtown)

😱Get spooked at this lineup of classic horror films at Nite Owl – through Sunday (Design District)


🚴‍Explore the history of Shenandoah, one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods, by bike (Brickell/Shenandoah)

🎸Get down at the Yard’s Reggae Sundays (Wynwood)

🎞️Catch a screening of Hitchcock’s “Rope” (Wynwood)

🗳️Brunch and fill out your ballot (Allapattah)


🎶Celebrate 20 years of the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill at her anniversary tour (Downtown)

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.


But ICYMI, yesterday we announced that we’re giving away a pair of VIP tickets to the South Beach Seafood Festival next Saturday, Oct. 20th. 🦀🙌

The tickets include access to an open bar, food vouchers to use at participating festival restaurants and dessert stations, all the food samples, some dance parties, and much more. The pair is worth $300, and all you have to do is get one friend to sign up for The New Tropic.

How do you enter to win? Just share this, your unique link to our sign-up form, with your buddies and get ‘em to sign up: https://thenewtropic.com/invitation/[YourIdHere]

We’ll draw the winners at random today at 6 p.m. and announce ‘em in tomorrow’s newsletter. See you then!

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