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What Miami is talking about

The $76 million plan to bring a second Virgin Trains station to Miami-Dade got the go ahead from county commissioners last week, but not without some controversy.

County leaders approved a deal to bring a new taxpayer-funded station to Aventura and have presented the additional stop on the train line — which goes from downtown Miami to Fort Lauderdale and then up to West Palm Beach — as another viable transit option.

But critics, and the county’s transportation oversight board, think Virgin Trains has too high a price point and will have “low ridership” when compared to more affordable options like Metrorail or Tri-Rail — especially since a Tri-Rail stop has also been planned for the Aventura area.

In other news…

Speaking of big deals and development… Miami commissioners have set Oct. 24 as the definitive date for making a decision on the Miami Freedom Park project. City leaders plan to vote on the lease for the $1 billion project that will house Miami’s Major League Soccer stadium along with other commercial and retail development on the land that’s currently home to the Melreese Golf Course. But that meeting could also see a vote on opening the project’s development up to other bidders. (Miami Herald)

Scientists are looking at a new way to treat turtles. As red tide begins to bloom again in Southwest Florida, researchers in Palm Beach are experimenting with treating turtles exposed to the toxic blooms through a process that’s similar to a treatment used for people suffering from cocaine overdoses. (Miami New Times)

Miami police will have another eye on phones and websites. Commissioners approved a contract with Pen-Link to bring the company’s surveillance technology to Miami PD. It will allow officers to see social media messages and to access phone numbers for incoming and outgoing calls, among other uses. City leaders said the tech is just another way to monitor threats, but groups like the ACLU say the surveillance is dangerous and could negatively impact people of color and immigrants. (Miami Herald)

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What’s up in Hialeah

After asking you all to vote on one of three choices for the question we’ll dive into in Hialeah, we have a winner:

“What are the main highlights or features of the underground music scene in Hialeah?”

That question from Kiele Cabrera won with about 63 percent of the vote! We’ll work on getting an answer and report back in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. Thanks again to everyone who asked questions, and to all of you who voted!

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Events

Things to do

Check out this event from our advertiser, Zoo Miami .

🍻 Saturday: Sip & Stroll Is Back At Zoo Miami! Don’t miss Zootoberfest on October 19 at Zoo Miami! Must be 21 and over to attend. Purchase tickets at shop.zoomiami.org

Our partner events

Thursday

🚶 Stroll and sip your way down Washington Ave on this live music crawl (Miami Beach)

💃 Hop on a trolley and check out free dance performances, film screenings and open artists' studios on this Culture Crawl (Miami Beach)

🥗 Taste and learn how to make your fave plant-based Della Bowls at this Downtown Doral workshop (Doral)

Saturday

🧟 Don your best flesh-eating sports attire for this 1.3 mile Zombie Run (Pinecrest)

😋 Nom on delicious bites at the soon to open Doral Yard and do your best Top Chef impression as you choose what makes it on the menu (Doral)

Thursday, October 24

😴 Take a nap at this art installation

👨🏿‍💻 Network at the Black Men Talk Tech Unicorn Ambition Conference (Downtown)

Saturday, October 26

🎸 Jam to Haitian voudou rock legends, RAM, at The North Beach Bandshell (North Miami Beach)

🎨 Check out a decade of drawing concerts with artist Brian Butler, at Upper Hand Art’s Show Drawn Miami exhibition (Allapattah)

Around town

Today

😋 Savor the flavors of the Mediterranean at Chef Allen's farm-to-table dinner (Downtown)

🌔 Gaze at the Hunter's Moon through a telescope at the Deering Estate (Pinecrest)

Tomorrow

🎶 Groove with Terrestrial Funk at Gramps (Wynwood)

🎨 Slurp up some free ice cream by Dasher and Crank at this art installation (Brickell)

Wednesday

🎻 Check out a showcase of viola-centric work at New World Symphony (South Beach)

💀 See a theatrical tale filled with ghosts, skulls and bones in the Olympia Theater lobby (Downtown)

🎥 Watch a screening of "The Connection" by director Shirley Clarke (South Beach)

Thursday

🎃 Walk through a surreal pumpkin patch by artist Yayoi Kusama at ICA Miami (Design District)

🌿 Pick up a coloring book inspired by the Miami Beach Botanical Garden at this art exhibit (South Beach)

Friday

😴 Sleepover at the Frost Museum at this adults-only overnight party (Downtown)

✍️ Get inspired at this poetry workshop with writer/activist Aja Monet (South Beach)

🔊 Immerse yourself in the sub-genre of drone at this two-day music festival (Downtown)

🎶 Catch a performance by Juan Wauters at Las Rosas (Allapatah)

Saturday

🎸 Rock out at Sweat Records for an in-store performance by Aquashade, Axetone and Womanmay (Little Haiti

🎶 Groove to Haitian Vodou pop with Papaloko & Loray Mistik (Little Havana)

🎶 Sway to Telefon Tel Aviv at Floyd's (Downtown)

Sunday

🎨 Shop local crafts at this Maker's Market presented by the Ceramic Guild of Miami (Pinecrest)

🎸 Rock out at this beachside BBQ jamboree at Lummus Park (South Beach)

💃 Dance to Miami's finest bands at Pineapple Sunday at Ball & Chain (Little Havana)

That’s all for today

Make it an awesome week, Miami!  

— The New Tropic

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