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😮 This Miami connection goes to Stonehenge

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What Miami is talking about

We’re about five months into 2019 but yup, we’re still talking about the 2016 presidential election.

Namely, yesterday’s revelation from Gov. Ron DeSantis that two Florida counties had their election information accessed by Russian hackers. That’s an additional county from the one that was mentioned in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on foreign interference in the 2016 election.

But the big news from DeSantis was also pretty mysterious because he said that the FBI made him sign a non-disclosure agreement, so he couldn’t reveal the two counties involved in the hacking.

He did say that the hackers accessed only publicly-available voter info and didn’t actually tamper with any data. The voter information they accessed is also separate from the actual systems used to count votes.

In other news…

Speaking of Florida connections… this one goes all the way from Miami-Dade to Stonehenge. Ninety-year-old Aventura resident Robert Phillips stole a piece of the iconic monument back in 1958 and finally got around to returning it last year. And the news of the safe return was reported by the charity that manages Stonehenge just last week. (Miami New Times)

Rental fees could soon go toward funding homeless services. Miami Beach leaders plan to dedicate $500,000 to the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust to support domestic violence and homeless services. The money comes from the more than $512,000 the city has collected from property owners who have violated the city’s short-term rental laws. (Miami Herald)

Hurricane season is only a few weeks away. And researchers at the National Hurricane Center are taking additional steps to prepare for forecasting the true severity of storms before they make landfall. Experts say it’s gotten easier to predict the path of storms, but there’s still room for improvement when it comes to truly predicting a hurricane’s intensity. (WLRN)

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What was originally housed in the Freedom Tower? Take a trip into the archives by clicking the GIF.
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In the archives: The home of The Miami News

Kevin Wynn is the public programs coordinator at the Lynn and Louis Wolfson Florida Moving Image Archives, which houses more than 35,000 hours of video tape and 23 million feet of film, so who better to guide us through the archives as we take a deep dive into Miami’s history?

First up: a look at The Freedom Tower, which was built in the 1920s as the headquarters for The Miami News.

QUOTABLE: “There’s nothing but stories inside that vault waiting to get told,” Kevin says.

CHECK IT OUT:  You can browse through the Wolfson Archives’ online catalog or follow them on Instagram. Kevin also hosts REWIND, a series of screenings about Florida’s history, every Tuesday and Thursday at noon at the Wolfson Archives.

Learn more about the former home of the Miami News, and the archives, in our video story.

A fence surrounds Fort Dallas Park.

How to turn your dream into reality

Christine Rupp encourages Miami to dream.

If you have an idea on how to improve mobility in Miami, The Miami Foundation wants you to submit your idea to this year’s Public Space Challenge.

The deadline to submit your idea, no matter how big or small, is tomorrow. Winning ideas will receive a grant of up to $25,000 to turn them into reality.

“Dream big, because the city needs big ideas,” Christine, the executive director of Dade Heritage Trust, said.

See what idea Christine and Dade Heritage Trust submitted to receive a $25,000 grant.

And for more inspiration, check out Eric Katz and his four projects moving Miami forward.


Things to do

Our Partner Events

💃 Today: Come celebrate all things Little Havana and eat some delicious treats with us at Futurama Galleries (Little Havana)

🎸 Wednesday, May 22: Sway to the spirit of Bob Marley with the original members of the Wailers live at the Bandshell (North Beach)

🤝 Thursday, May 23: Meet the artists, designers, arborists and thought leaders behind Miami’s growth at the Urbanism Summit (Design District)


Want to partner with us? Here’s how that works.

Around town


🎶 Check out a new weekly live music series curated by Chad Bernstein of Guitars Over Guns (Little River)

🎥 Watch cult classic “The Sorcerer” under the stars at Soundscape Park (South Beach)

🎸Jam to the Spam All-Stars at Vedado Social Club (Downtown)

🙋 Learn how to apply for “The Ellies” arts awards (Little River)


🍴Sip and supper with a heady four-course tasting dinner and craft beer pairing (Blue Lagoon)

🎥 Watch the film “Labyrinth” at the Fillmore (Miami Beach)

🌙 Connect to brujería, and your astrology at the Eleventh House party (Downtown)

💰Learn about female financial power at this happy hour and seminar (Little River)

🤖 Design and print your own laser cut sculpture at this workshop (Wynwood)

💍 Forge a ring for yourself or a loved one at this jewelry making workshop (Downtown)


💃 Dance the night away at Space with Disclosure (Downtown)

🎸 Rock to indie darlings, Palomino Blond at Tea & Poets (South Miami)

🚶‍♀️Stroll down Calle Ocho during Viernes Culturales (Little Havana)

🤣 Laugh with Chelsea Handler at the Fillmore (South Beach)

👕 Print the next great 305 meme tee at this workshop (South Beach)

💪 Flex your girl boss energy at the Pow(her) Summit — through Saturday (Little Haiti)

🍕 Celebrate National Pizza Day at the Wharf (Downtown)


🇭🇹 Celebrate Haitian flag day with a brunch at the Caribbean marketplace (Little Haiti)

🧘 Yoga under the full moon on the rooftop of the 1Hotel (Miami Beach)

📥 Get a download on the 2019 legislative session (Allapattah)

🗣️ Join a convo on diverse experiences at the Inclusive Republic Summit (Downtown)

🤖 Rave the night away with local electro dance heroes, GTA (Wynwood)


🤤 Nom on Miami-themed brunch menu items like crab croqueta benedict (Little Havana)

🗣️ Learn about the AIRIE Everglades artists-in-residence program (Coral Gables)

🍻 Cheers with great craft beers at Bottlemania (Little Havana)

💋 Drag it out at Counter Corner’s Game of Thrones-themed night Game of Moans (Downtown)

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag @thenewtropic on Instagram.

One more thing...

Facebook and Ironhack Miami have teamed up to give away $250,000 in scholarships to help a diverse group of developers get their start in the tech industry.

The money will help fund full and partial scholarships for Ironhack students — particularly women and people of color — to learn about data analytics, web development, and UX/UI design.

Apply here and use the code NEWTROPIC when you fill out the form to let ’em know who sent ya. 😉 The deadline is May 31.

See you tomorrow, Miami.

– The New Tropic

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