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Our voter guide for the Nov. 6 election is here! Back in September we asked you to tell us what questions you had about the candidates and the issues, and we’ve built a guide that answers them (h/t to Megan Conyers, Angel Lopez and Fabian, whose questions we’ll answer today).

Today we’ve got the rundown on referenda for the City of Miami and Miami Beach. You’ll recognize at least a few of them because they’ve been a hot topic for months.

If you’re a City of Miami resident, here’s what’s on your ballot:

  • Referendum 1: A vote on whether to let the Beckham group take over the Melreese golf course for their soccer stadium complex
  • Referendum 2: A vote on whether to approve a major development on the Miami River
  • Referendum 3: A vote on whether to make the mayor a “strong mayor”

If you’re a Miami Beach resident, you have six referenda on your ballot.

Stay tuned over the next few days as we publish the rest of our guide. Tomorrow we’ll have the county and school board referenda, and Friday will be those crazy state amendments. Next week, we’ll be back with the candidates. Happy voting, friends.

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Why didn’t the skeleton go to Lincoln Road on Halloween?

He didn’t have any guts.

Miami Beach’s biggest Halloween party returns Oct. 31. The family-friendly event on Lincoln Road gets started at 5 p.m., with restaurants and stores passing out candy to kids and the forever young. Once the sun sets, adults take over.

DJs will provide entertainment for the open-air celebration. The event goes well into the evening and as one attendee from last year notes, she planned to stay out until the night is over, “2 or 3 or tomorrow morning. Who knows?” If you aren’t sure what to expect #onLincoln, you can get a sample of last year’s sights and sounds in this video.

If you’re stuck on a costume idea, you can check out what man’s best friend is wearing. Howl-O-Ween: Dog Costume Contest & Fashion Show (imagine RuPaul’s Drag Race meets Toddlers & Tiaras meets your pup) takes place this  Saturday, 10/20 on Lincoln Road.



On Wednesdays we wear pink. If you’re younger than 40, you’ve probably only seen photos of the artist the iconic “Surrounded Islands” installation in May 1983, when Christo and partner Jean-Claude wrapped a couple of the islands in the Intracoastal Waterway between the mainland and Miami Beach in bright pink. Now, thanks to a new exhibit now open at PAMM, you can delve deep into how the project came to be, and how it transformed Miami in just 10 days. (Miami Herald)

Built to last. Most of the beachfront homes in Mexico Beach were destroyed when Hurricane Michael roared ashore last week, but not the “Sand Palace,” whose owners built a home strong enough to survive “The Big One.” The house emerged virtually unscathed, and this look into what it takes to build a truly hurricane-proof home is probably a glimpse into how more and more Floridians with means will be building their homes in the future. (NYT)

Some extra relief. In the days after a major storm, insurance companies often get spooked and start messing with people’s property insurance as the damage costs climb. In a move to try and prevent that after Hurricane Michael, Gov. Rick Scott has asked the state to freeze insurance rate increases for 90 days, to reverse any policy non-renewals or cancellations made in the days leading up to the storm, and to give people extensions for providing necessary information to insurers. (WLRN)

All together now. Venture Café, which has become a hub of Miami’s startup ecosystem, just got a $1 million boost from the Knight Foundation. While there’s a lot of activity on Miami’s startup scene, much of the success is concentrated in wealthier parts of the city. Venture Café’s goal is to make sure those benefits reach communities that are often left out of the equation, and this money will help them ramp that up. (Knight Foundation)

A new home for “Homer.” Since taking over ownership of the Miami Marlins, Derek Jeter’s basically been trying to erase all traces of previous owner, Jeffrey Loria. Yesterday he scored a big win in that quest: he got the iconic, bizarre home run sculpture moved outside the stadium. The county owns “Homer,” which goes nuts whenever the Marlins score a homerun, and Jeter needed county approval to make the move. It will still fire up when the Marlins score a run, when the Marlins win a home game, and every day at 3:05 p.m. (Miami Herald)


We don’t usually do a ton of horse race political news. But the election coming up on Nov. 6 is kind of a big deal, so from now until then, we’re going to have a special election section in your daily newsletter. Wonk out, friends.

  • Democrats are so worried you’ll think Republican Rep. Manny Diaz, who is running for Florida Senate, is either the former Miami mayor or his son, the UM defensive coordinator who came up with the turnover chain, that they’re running ads to make sure you know the difference. (Miami Herald)
  • Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo might be in trouble. His opponent for his congressional seat, Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, outraised him in the last quarter, and they’re almost tied in the polls. (Miami Herald, POLITICO)

Things to do


🦀 Through Saturday: 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)

🍹Thursday: Chill at Charcoal’s Tiki Thursdays (Wynwood)

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

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

🧘Monday, Oct. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 11: Check out the Cushion Crawl challenge (it’s like a Pub Crawl, but for 21 days of Mindfulness (Multiple Locations)

🗣️Tuesday, Oct. 23: Tell your Miami story at the Wynwood Yard (Wynwood)



🎞️Catch “Young Frankenstein” on the big screen (Brickell)

📚Marcus Zusak, author of “The Book Thief,” talks about his new book (Coral Gables)

🎷Groove at the Yard with Aaron Lebos (Wynwood)


🙉Explore the sexuality of music, and the censors “trying to ruin all the fun” (South Beach)

🇵🇷Catch a doc exploring life in Puerto Rico after Maria (Sweetwater)

🎸Get pumped for Pulse! with some Latin beats (South Beach)


🌆Learn all about the Art Deco movement at the Wolfsonian’s new exhibit (South Beach)

🎸Catch a Green Day vs Offspring 90s battle at the Frost Science laser show (Downtown)

🎸Groove with PALO! at Ball and Chain (Little Havana)

🎷Enjoy the Miami Symphony Orchestra under the stars (Design District)

😱Get spooked at SoFlo’s largest haunted house – through Nov. 3 (Doral)


🏎️Feel the need for speed at the F1 Miami Festival (Downtown)

👻Go on a ghost hunt at Deering Estate (Cutler Bay)

🌊Celebrate Biscayne Bay at Bay Day 2018 (Coconut Grove)

🧘Join a big, life-affirming pre-sunrise yoga and dance party (Upper East Side)

🦀Nom on all the seafood at the South Florida Seafood Festival – through Sunday (Key Biscayne)

☁️Look up at the kite festival – through Sunday (Bal Harbor)

🍺Kick back with some brews and tunes at the annual Backyard Bash (Cutler Bay)

🧘Get mindful and save our ocean at the Ahana High Tide Festival (Design District)

🎷Enjoy some jazz at the Yard (Wynwood)


🍺 Shop and eat local at the Miami Flea in the A+E District (Downtown)

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Don’t forget about our giveaway for the Modern Om Cushion Crawl Challenge that starts next Monday, Oct. 22. 🙌  One lucky winner will get three tickets so that you and two friends can be part of a three-week meditation challenge that bounces all over the 305. The total value is $220, and we’ll give ‘em away to a reader who introduces at least one new subscriber to The New Tropic today. 💪

So how do you do that? 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 Thursday’s newsletter. Don’t miss out on your chance to get in the zone.

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