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Much of the discussion following Palm Beach billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest has shifted to U.S. labor secretary Alex Acosta. Acosta is facing calls to step down because of his role in negotiating a plea deal for Epstein in 2008 after he was accused of organizing a “cult-like” group of underage girls to perform sexual acts. Acosta was serving as U.S. attorney for South Florida at the time.
At a press conference yesterday in D.C., Acosta didn’t apologize to the victims, said that he wouldn’t resign, and argued that Epstein might have gotten less time if his office didn’t step in. That claim is already drawing criticism, most notably from Palm Beach’s former state attorney who said Acosta is “distorting the facts.” And given the details of how the deal came together, which were recently detailed in a Miami Herald investigation.
The agreement kept Epstein from facing federal charges, further investigation by the FBI, and ended with him serving only 13 months in county jail.
In other news…
A play about a historic night in Miami will become a movie. Oscar winner Regina King is set to direct a film adaptation of “One Night in Miami,” a play that dramatizes the night Muhammad Ali won the heavyweight title in Miami Beach and celebrated with Malcolm X, Joe Lewis, and Sam Cooke at the Historic Hampton House. (Deadline)
South Miami plans to push back against the state’s ban on “sanctuary cities.” The City Commission voted to hire an attorney so it can file a lawsuit to challenge the ban. Florida doesn’t have any sanctuary cities, but state lawmakers still decided to formally ban them and require local law enforcement to comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests. (Miami New Times)
All abooooard. Next stop, Boca Raton? Virgin Trains is looking to boost ridership on their trains by adding more stops. Fort Lauderdale is currently the middle stop between Miami and West Palm Beach, and the company plans to add three more stops which could include Hollywood, Boca Raton, and Pompano Beach. (Miami Herald)
We’re still accepting your questions about North Miami’s history, character, and culture. We’ve gotten a few good ones, but if there’s a burning question you have about the city, we’re all ears! Just submit it here.
Once we’re done collecting your questions, we’ll select three of them to put up for a vote. The question that gets the most votes will be the one we dive into and answer in a few weeks.
So keep them coming, and we’ll let you know the three finalists in tomorrow’s newsletter.
🍝 Today: Get a seat at the table as we talk about cultivating Pride all year long – sold out (Little River)
🚴 Sunday: Ride to Kendall’s oldest pioneer home, The Dice House, on the Urban Bike Tour with Dade Heritage Trust (Brickell)
👋 Wednesday, July 17: Join the American Marketing Association for a night of networking with creatives at the Sylvester (Midtown)
✌️ Wednesday, July 24: Bond with like-minded moms at the Strong Like Mama workshop, which includes light bites, a discussion and a guided meditation (Miami Beach)
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😂 Catch some laughs at “G Dash D,” a comedy starring Art Schill and Glenn Cutler (Little Haiti)
🤓 Geek out at Nerd Nite Miami (Wynwood)
🎭 Check out an open mic night hosted by Latinx Theatre Commons (South Beach)
💬 Shop for some comics at this Radiator Comics pop up (Little Haiti)
😂 Catch comedy duo Desus & Mero at the Olympia (Downtown)
🎶 Dance to some ’80s new wave at Bar Nancy (Little Havana)
🛍️ Check out underground artists, vendors and more at the Black Market Fest – through Saturday, July 13 (Allapattah)
🎥 Check out the cinema + sound experience “Early Abstractions” at the Bakehouse (Wynwood)
😋 Taste your way around Vegandale, a vegan food and music festival (Key Biscayne)
⛸️ Check out a roller derby bout inspired by “Stranger Things” (Miami Springs)
😎 Wear sequins to this ’80s-themed dance and sunset yoga party (Watson Island)
😋 Eat all the mangoes at the International Mango Festival – through Sunday, July 14 (Coral Gables)
🛍️ Make a flower crown and shop at the Miami Makers Market (Design District)
🚶 Stroll through CityPlace Doral and hear live music at the Bazaar Under The Palms market (Doral)
🎥 Watch “Paddington” with the kiddos at family day on Aragon (Coral Gables)
✌️ Release tension at this bodywork event at the Standard (South Beach)
📖 Learn about minimalism at this Q&A and reading with author Joshua Becker (Coral Gables)
✌️ Reach for your toes at this slow flow evening restorative flow (Little Haiti)
🤑 Meet Miami investors and entrepreneurs at this free start-up funding workshop (Wynwood)
Friday is just around the corner, Miami. ✌️
– The New Tropic