It’s been a long three years since the Pulse nightclub shooting completely rocked our state and the LGBTQ community, and sent shockwaves throughout the nation. Folks continue to pay tribute to the 49 victims and there’s an added attention on the future of the memorial site to honor them.
U.S. lawmakers representing the area are pushing to make the nightclub site a national memorial. That means it would be part of the federal parks system but would still allow for local control and management of the building.
And as fundraising for a new memorial/museum site continues, state and national leaders are calling for an audit of the onePULSE Foundation to ensure that the millions of dollars raised for the building are properly used.
The somber anniversary also comes as a group looking to ban assault weapons in Florida gathered enough signatures to require a state Supreme Court review of their ballot initiative. If the group gets a little more than 766,000 signatures from Florida voters, an amendment will be placed on the 2020 ballot.
In other news…
Commuting on the bus could become a more realistic idea if the folks behind the Better Bus Project can execute their plan. The Transit Alliance Miami strategy launched earlier this week and the goal is a complete overhaul of the bus routes, and tangible improvements to our bus network, by December 2020. (Miami Herald)
It turns out the best way to deal with mosquitoes could be… more mosquitoes? The results of a field trial in South Miami showed that releasing infected male lab mosquitoes into the wild with aedis aegypti mosquitoes makes the wild population sterile. And over the course of the six-month study, the population of the wild insects dropped by 75 percent. (WLRN)
SoFla based company Chewy is ready to go public, about eight years after launching its online pet shop. The Dania Beach-based company will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday and the valuation on its initial public offering is set to be in the billions. (Miami Herald)
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Maybe you’ve convinced yourself that working out is too expensive so you skip the gym. But then it rains and you stay inside. If that sounds like you, the Baptist Health Downtown Doral Run Club might be the motivation you’ve been looking for. Rain or shine, the team hits the streets.
“We will never cancel for weather, the only adjustments will be made for major holidays,” Frankie Ruiz said. “We like to say we are #allweather or #weatherproof or #rainorshine.”
Ruiz said the club isn’t intimidating and it’s a judgment-free zone.
“We truly believe that running is a form of service to your neighbors,” he said. “Just showing up and running can inspire to motivate others to start or just to keep going.”
The newest club had their first run last week where 150 people participated.
Join the group every Monday at 7 p.m. at the Skyros Sports running store and learn more about the club here.
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Couldn’t hang out with us last night? Well, don’t worry. You can join us next month at our morning meetup on July 9 at Imperial Moto Cafe, and grab a cup of joe while we mingle and browse the vintage cafe racers that fill the shop. You can even get a haircut while you’re there!
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The annual Best of Miami list from the Miami New Times has arrived and it has some of the notable places and people to know in the worlds of nightlife, sports, entertainment, politics and more.
Check it out and get your debate on — or just see if the reader’s choice awards line up with your personal hot takes.
For what’s it worth, we think our readers are the best of Miami 😎 We’ll see you tomorrow morning.
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