Earlier this month, the UN released a very scary report announcing that the planet was approaching a “crucial warming threshold” of 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit as soon as 2030. They warned of catastrophe around the world, including right here in SoFlo, where we’re already seeing the impact of rising seas.
It’s rough to hear these warnings every few months, not just because of the consequences for SoFlo, but because of how slowly moves to adapt seem to happen at the government level.
The CLEO Institute has a message: step up.
There’s plenty that citizens can do to help prepare South Florida for this future, says Yoca Arditi-Rocha, the executive director.
The largest cloud over Andrew Gillum’s gubernatorial campaign has been an ongoing FBI investigation into whether Tallahassee city hall gave special treatment to developers on city projects.
So what’s going on? Here’s a quick breakdown:
And if you want more info on where Gillum stands on the issues, beyond the investigation, head over to our voter guide.
A frightening Florida connection. Last week federal agents arrested Cesar Sayoc, the man accused of mailing pipe bombs to big deal Democrats, right here in South Florida. Sayoc, who was living in Aventura, has a lengthy arrest record, including arrests for domestic violence and making a bomb threat to FPL. He drove a van around covered in images and memes in support of President Donald Trump and frequently posted and shared right-wing conspiracy theories. (Miami Herald)
Chicken soup for the soul. When folks order sopa de pollo at Obra Kitchen Table they’ll not just be getting a tasty dish but also helping feed the hungry in Venezuela. Famous Venezuelan chef Carlos García arranged for a portion of the soup sales at his restaurant to the Barriga Llena, Corazon Contento (full belly, happy heart) Foundation. García said each purchase feeds hundreds of children, teachers, and seniors at nursing homes in Caracas. (Miami Herald)
Return of the guac. Taquiza was forced to close its South Beach location earlier this year, but we have good news: the beloved taco spot is back. They’ll be opening their doors at 1351 Collins Ave. and have the same menu as the North Beach location. (Miami New Times)
Biscayne Dwyane? Local radio host Brendan Tobin and fans are fighting to name a stretch of Biscayne Boulevard near the AmericanAirlines Arena after Miami Heat icon Dwyane Wade, but it’s not as simple as a few tweets. It’s complicated because Wade is still alive, and because Biscayne Boulevard is a state road. Even though the City of Miami and the county manage the street, they’d have to get state approval to rename even a portion of the road. And on the local level, it takes some extra work to name a street after a living person. (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.
We’ll catch y’all tomorrow, Miami. ✌️
– The New Tropic