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What Miami is talking about

Florida considered some pretty strict abortion laws in this past legislative session, including a bill that would’ve required minors to receive parental consent before they could have an abortion.

Those bills ultimately didn’t pass, but on Tuesday night, lawmakers in Alabama passed the strictest anti-abortion legislation in the nation and sent it to their governor.

And while Floridians — and us here in the 305 — aren’t directly feeling the impact, women’s rights activists are gravely concerned about the decision. They’re also fearful about what the law, and similar proposals in other states, will mean for women’s rights, the future of Roe v. Wade, and for women of color.

Two Florida state lawmakers, Sen. Lauren Book and Rep. Anna Eskamani, responded to the news by saying they will work to prevent any similar kind of legislation from being considered or approved during next year’s session in Tallahassee.

For people looking to take action, here’s a list of national organizations you can support.

In other news…

If you’ve been considering taking the Brightline, this weekend you’ll have a chance to hop aboard for only $5. The train line (also known as Virgin Trains) is celebrating its one-year anniversary by offering discounted tickets and giveaways starting tomorrow through Sunday. (Sun Sentinel)

Two of Florida’s 67 counties were apparently hacked by Russians back in 2016. But when reporters reached out to election offices across the state, none of them claimed to be the affected county. Two counties, Hardee and Gadsden, didn’t reply but not necessarily because they were impacted. So this is still pretty much all we know: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (Tampa Bay Times)

We’re a few years removed from the dreaded summer of Zika, but Miami-Dade officials are still reminding residents to do what they can to combat mosquitos. The main takeaway: Drain and cover any open water, as the insects can still carry and spread other diseases. (Miami Herald)

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“Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there.”

Today’s how-to: Find mental health care ‘on demand’

Nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and it’s a good time to check in with yourself and those around you about how things are going. Stigma around mental illness often prevents people from seeking help.

“The most successful treatment focuses on acceptance, re-education, and getting the person well,” said Rachel Rohaidy, M.D., a psychiatrist with Care & Counseling at Baptist Health. “Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there.”

One way to get help is through Baptist Health’s Care on Demand app. It connects you to a licensed mental health professional on your schedule. Learn more about Mental Health Awareness Month and the app our site.


And the winner is…

After asking you all to vote on one of three choices for the question we’ll dive into in Little Haiti, we have a winner: “How can we collectively ensure that Little Haiti culture and character is not endangered with the expeditiously expanding (prohibitively) expensive development and rising cost of living?”

That question from Michael Mercury Pearson won with about 58 percent of the vote! We’ll work on getting an answer and report back in about a week. Thanks again to everyone who asked questions, and to all of you who voted!

Stay tuned for more stories out of Little Haiti and hit reply to let us know if there’s anything we should be sure to explore.


Things to do

Our Partner Events

🎸 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


🍴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)


♻️Join a nationwide demonstration to support renewable energy (South Beach)

🇭🇹 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)


🤝 Collab and create at this influencer happy hour hosted by the LAB (Wynwood)

🤓 Test your smarts at this no-pressure trivia night (Downtown)

🍝 Celebrate Joey’s 10th anniversary with a $10 menu (Wynwood)

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

One more thing...

If you’re plotting a summer getaway and need to get a passport, or just renew the one you’ve kept tucked away, you’ll be able to get it done on Saturday with no appointment needed.

The Downtown Miami passport office will be processing applications and renewals from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Happy travels, Miami. We’ll catch you tomorrow.

– The New Tropic

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