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🍰This city is about to get a little sweeter

The Horth family assembled just like the Avengers.
(📸: Photos courtesy of Kat Barrow-Horth)


Every year around Halloween, your social media feeds fill with people posting their costumes and tributes to pop culture. But the Horth family does it bigger than just about anybody else.

They’ve been in the game for a few years now and go big for the spooky holiday through something they call HalloWEEK. The family’s been posting different photos of their costumes and, like in previous years, they take inspiration from all kinds of popular culture.

HalloWEEK is the brainchild of husband and wife team Reed Horth and Kat Barrow-Horth. In their day jobs they run, Robin Rile Fine Art, a fine art gallery that specializes in 19th to 21st century art including work from artists like Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, and many more.

We talked to Kat about what’s different this time around and how the family plots out their elaborate photo shoots.

You can find the full interview and more of their awesome costumes here. And check our Instagram feed today for a behind-the-scenes look at how the Horth family made their Avengers photos come to life.

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If Amendment 3 seems confusing and kind of misleading to you … yep, it is. It’s being described as an effort to give voters, rather than legislators, decision-making power over new gambling facilities in Florida.

Here are the facts:

  • The campaign for Amendment 3 was organized by a group called “Voters in Charge.” Its main financial backers are the Seminole Tribe and Disney.
  • It’s an anti-competition move by the Seminole Tribe, the dominant player in our gambling sector, and Disney, who has long been opposed to gambling.
  • You’ve been getting campaign mailers saying that Amendment 3 is bad for schools. That’s based on the fact that gambling revenue provides some financial support for education initiatives. By making it harder to open new gambling facilities, this could potentially cut back on some future education funding.
  • If it passes, voters from across the state (rather than legislators from across the state) would make the call if someone wants to open a new gambling facility. But only if it was put on the ballot as a referendum vote.

In summary: The Seminole Tribe and Disney backed an amendment that potentially hurts their competition, couching it as a move for Florida voters, who are generally opposed to new gambling facilities. In theory it will be harder to get new gambling facilities approved this way, but the process is totally open to all kinds of shadiness, like only pushing for a facility in areas far from where a new casino would actually go.

Helpful? We’ve got the breakdown – in normal English! – of all the details on Amendment 3 and the 11 other amendments on your ballot in our voter guide. Check it out, and #votelikeyoulivehere.


Not grading on a curve. If you’ve ever tried taking public transit in Miami, you probably know it’s a pretty imperfect system. But the Transit Alliance Miami wanted to document the problems by issuing what they call a “Mobility Scorecard.” The county’s main systems like the Metrobus and Metrorail both received “D” grades and even free options like local trolleys got “Fs” due to many lacking well-planned routes and having limited hours. Well, at least there’s still plenty of time left in the “school year” for those grades to improve. (Miami Herald)

The Gables are getting a little sweeter. After leaving B Bistro + Bakery last year, Antonio Bachour is about to open his own spot in Downtown Coral Gables. The new restaurant, simply called Bachour, will serve up plenty of pastries during breakfast, lunch and brunch. And since Bachour was just named Best Pastry Chef in an international competition, we’re sure the sweets will be solid. (Miami.com)

Some frightening possibilities. Pipe bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc, who was arrested in SoFlo last week, appeared in federal court in Miami yesterday. Federal sources told the Miami Herald that beyond the big name Democrats and media organizations that were targeted, Sayoc had a list of more than 100 other potential targets.  (Miami Herald)

The other guys. If you’ve taken a look at your sample ballot, you probably noticed some names in the governor’s race beyond Andrew Gillum, Ron DeSantis, and their lieutenant governor picks. There are four other candidates who don’t really stand a chance of winning, but they’re still serious about their campaigns and their platforms. You can learn all about them in this deep dive. (Tampa Bay Times)

The 51st State? The devastation of Hurricane Maria was a wake-up call for many (honestly, too many) Americans that Puerto Rico is part of the United States. And now leaders on the island are hoping to take advantage of that spotlight to push for official statehood. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has been pushing Puerto Rican voters, especially in Florida, to support leaders that will advocate for the U.S. territory to become a state. (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.

  • As President Donald Trump makes his way to Florida this week to campaign for some GOP frontrunners, his predecessor will also be in the Sunshine State supporting Democrats. Former President Barack Obama will be in Miami on Friday to back Andrew Gillum and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. (Miami Herald)
  • Nearly 3 million people in Florida have already cast votes and so far the numbers show that turnout will likely surpass the 2014 midterm elections. Along party lines, Republicans have a slight lead at about 42 percent of early and absentee ballots cast, while Democrats make up about 40 percent. One big takeaway? Through this past Sunday, only about 5 percent of early votes were cast by 18-to 29-year-old voters. (Tampa Bay Times)

Things to do


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

🎶 Wednesday: Party with this Grammy-nominated producer on Halloween (Wynwood)

🗳️ Friday: Join the voting celebration, it’s a matter of life or muerte (Downtown)

🎵Thursday, Nov. 8: Celebrate and empower women through music at Femme Fest (Wynwood)

🎻Friday, Nov. 9: Late night club meets orchestra at Pulse (Miami Beach)

🎉Friday, Nov. 9: The Yard is turning three and they’re celebrating with a Folk and Indie festival (Wynwood)

🍻Saturday, Nov. 10: Innovation meets Brews at this festival (North Miami)

💃Saturday, Nov. 10: Celebrate 10 years of Guitars Over Guns with special performances, silent auctions, and special eats and drinks (Coral Gables)

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🎞️Catch a screening of All the President’s Men (Coral Gables)

🎃Get down with Terrestrial Funk and some fellow ghouls at Gramps (Wynwood)

🗣️Discuss the Overtown Common Good Initiative and what’s next for the area (Overtown)

🎥Watch a night of horror short films made by local filmmakers (Downtown)


👻Catch “Poltergeist” on the big screen (Brickell)

🍺Celebrate Halloween in Wonderland (South Beach)

🧛Bring your best costume and dancing shoes to this family-friendly jam (Downtown)

🎙️Jam at Yelle’s Halloween show at The Ground (Downtown)

🎶Dance it out to some 80s jams (Little Haiti)


🧠Convene with the 305’s thinkers, dreamers, and doers at the Creative Time Summit – through Saturday (Downtown)

🛋️Learn how modern art styles transformed interior decorating (South Beach)

🚚Eat all the things at Virginia Key’s food truck festival (Key Biscayne)


🎶Catch Jessie Reyez at The Ground (Downtown)

💃Dine and dance under the stars on Giralda (Coral Gables)

🖼️Browse the ICA at First Fridays (Design District)

☠️Party at Bar Nancy for a Día de Los Muertos celebration (Little Havana)

🧟Watch the spooky classic “Beetlejuice” (Wynwood)

💀Celebrate the Day of the Dead with the Spam Allstars (North Beach)

🎸Jam with The Ordinary Boys at Gramps (Wynwood)


✊🏿Be heard at the Florida March for Black Women (Little Haiti)

🕺Jam to Afro-Cuban house music (Little Havana)

🌱Watch local bands and support the Everglades (Miami Beach)

☑️ Party your way to the polls (Little Haiti)

🐶March for a future where kids, pets, and pollinators can thrive (Miami Shores)

💃Dance the night away at the Miami Beach Salsa Fest (North Beach)

🌿Pick out your favorite plants at Mother Earth Miami’s plant sale (Little River)

🎸Catch reggae artist Johnny Dread live at Bar Nancy (Little Havana)

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.


Don’t forget! There’s still time to enter to win our getaway on Española Way! The winner gets access to overnight accommodations at El Paseo Hotel, day passes to The Bass Art Museum, dinner at Havana 1957, and live entertainment on Española Way for two! Enter here and we’ll draw the winner on Friday, November 2.

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