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Well, folks, you made it! After months of campaigns, tense debates, and dozens of rallies, it’s finally Election Day.
Last week we asked you all to share with us why you were voting in this midterm election and what events, candidates, ideas or issues were motivating you to get out to the polls.
A bunch of you weighed in with responses on Instagram and we’ve included a few of them here in hope that if you’re reading this, and haven’t voted yet, you’ll be extra motivated to make it happen. Here’s what some of you told us:
Thanks again to everyone who weighed in over on Instagram. We’ll have a roundup of the election results in tomorrow’s newsletter. One last time, in case you need it, here’s our voter guide. Also, head over to the county’s website if you have any other lingering questions about where or how to cast your ballot.
And if you’re looking for places to watch the results, here’s a list of watch parties around the city. Happy voting, Miami!
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The HQ queue. Reports point to Amazon’s new headquarters heading to the outskirts of D.C. or New York but local leaders say they’re still in talks with the company about bringing HQ2 to Miami. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reported that HQ2 could end up operating in two different cities. Stay tuned, folks. (New York Times, Miami Herald)
Did you try unplugging it? Turnout on the final day of early voting across Miami-Dade was major and one of the busiest sites, the North Miami library, experienced an unexpected slowdown when printers went on the fritz. The county elections department eventually got more ballots to the site, but hundreds of voters ended up waiting well into the night to vote. (Miami Herald)
Not-so-lazy millennials. And speaking of voter turnout, college students across the state took advantage of early voting locations on campuses and thousands have already voted early in the past few weeks. More than 54,000 people voted at college campuses across the state including 11,000 at two Miami-Dade College campuses. And in Florida, more than 220,000 more 18- to 29-year-olds have voted in this election than voted in the 2014 midterms. There were also a few students who said they didn’t plan to vote because it was time consuming, weird flex but OK. (Miami Herald)
Vice city. The Miami Heat’s Vice jerseys were among the best-selling in NBA history after they debuted last season and yesterday the team revealed the latest version. They’re similar to last year’s jerseys, but they’re black instead of white. And if you really want to grab the gear, the team is doing a midnight sale later this week. (ESPN)
S&S Mess. Plenty of locals lamented when S&S Diner had to relocate from its historic space on Northeast Second Avenue over to Biscayne Boulevard. Now the iconic eatery has closed again, and it’s tied up in a legal fight after being evicted last week for not paying rent. Meanwhile, the diner and its landlord have separately sued the developers of the Biscayne 27 apartment building, claiming that the project’s construction has hurt local businesses. (The Real Deal)
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🧘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, Nov. 7 – 11: Eat, drink, and live well at the Seed Food and Wine Festival. – Use code NEWTROPIC10 for 10% off tickets. (Multiple locations)
🎵Thursday, Nov. 8: Celebrate and empower women through music at Femme Fest (Wynwood)
🎻Friday: Late night club meets orchestra at Pulse (Miami Beach)
🎉Friday: The Yard is turning three and they’re celebrating with a folk and indie festival (Wynwood)
🌱Saturday: Head to Seed Food & Wine’s Festival Day to enjoy free food and drinks and learn about sustainable living (Little Haiti)
🍻Saturday: Innovation meets brews at this beer festival (North Miami)
💃Saturday: Celebrate 10 years of Guitars Over Guns with special performances, silent auctions, and eats and drinks (Coral Gables)
📚Sunday: Word nerds unite at the Miami Book Fair (Downtown)
💻Tuesday, Nov. 13: Join a discussion between LinkedIn Local and FIU and connect with the humans behind the online profiles and job titles. (Miami Beach)
💻 Wednesday, Nov. 14: Learn about the future of logistics at this tech summit (Overtown)
🎤Wednesday, Nov. 14: Head to Vizcaya for a night of poetry and enchantment (Coconut Grove)
🎉Friday, Nov. 16: Celebrate Venture City’s Miami Launch Party at their new Little Havana campus (Little Havana)
📽️Friday, Nov. 16: Catch the film, “Lumumba,” and join a discussion on his contribution to the African Diaspora (Overtown)
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📊Learn how data can help you level up in the finance and tech worlds – Through Wednesday (Allapattah)
🍸Take it back to the Prohibition Era at this pop-up speakeasy (Cutler Bay)
🔬Bring the kids to a sci-fi camp at the Frost Museum (Downtown)
🎬Catch “Gladiator” on the big screen (Brickell)
🎥Catch some flicks at the Miami Short Film Festival – through Sunday (Downtown)
🎨Learn all about the art of lithography (South Beach)
🎸Rock out with The Ataris at Gramps (Wynwood)
🎤Watch some locals jam at an open mic night (Opa-locka)
📷Catch the opening of a photo exhibit capturing 1981, when narcotics, crime, and immigration transformed the 305 – exhibit runs through April (Downtown)
🎥Watch a screening of the documentary “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution” (Allapattah)
🍽️Enjoy Cuban food and a show from the Spam Allstars (Key Biscayne)
🗣️Discuss solutions for addressing homelessness in Miami (Allapattah)
🎉Party to celebrate the end of election season (Wynwood)
🎨Learn from artists Ebony Patterson and LeRonn Brooks at this talk (Downtown)
🎶Celebrate our homegrown talent at the Miami Folk and Indie Fest (Wynwood)
💤Have a slumber party at Frost and explore the world of light (Downtown)
🕺Jam to some house and groove tunes with Rich Medina (Wynwood)
🎼Hear a mix of genres at the FIU Music Festival (Sweetwater)
🤓Geek out at the Gamer Comic Expo – through Monday, Nov. 12 (Blue Lagoon)
☀️Learn about going solar in your own home (Miami Beach)
✊🏿Hit the grand opening of the Roots Collective Black House (Liberty City)
🗣️Attend a workshop all about being a maker and building your business (South Beach)
🎶Jam at the House of Creatives music fest – Through Sunday (Key Biscayne)
🏳️🌈Check out the “gayest ball in Miami” at the Brat Ball (Downtown)
🛍️Get some holiday shopping done at this market – Through Sunday (Design District)
Eat and drink at the Doral Food & Wine Festival – Through Sunday (Doral)
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.
If free food and drink is more of a motivator for ya, here’s a few places offering deals if you vote today (including shots at Beaker & Grey in Wynwood). Cheers, Miami.
– The New Tropic