Yesterday was a pretty big deal for us here at The New Tropic. Why? Because it was our fifth birthday!
But since we only publish this newsletter on weekdays, we’re celebrating today … on Miami Time.
We’ve been a part of this community and seen so much massive change happen in our city, our county, and our state in the past half-decade. There have been tragedies that brought us together, political change at the highest and most local levels, louder voices on major issues like affordable housing, the climate crisis, transportation, income inequality, and more.
We’ve also seen beloved spots come and go and new ones spring up. We’ve partied with you all, talked about serious issues, partnered with dozens of great community organizations and events, taken a look at all the weird things that make the 305 what it is, and celebrated the people working to make this city great.
And we’re still committed to the mission that we outlined in our love letter to Miami five years ago: “We’re focused on something a little different: helping Miamians become better locals by making sense of, and finding new ways to explore, the constantly expanding universe of news, issues, people and places in a growing city like ours. We want to help you live like you live here.”
Over the years we’ve sent thousands upon thousands of newsletters, posted more than 1,800 stories on our website, and hosted scores of events around town. You all have helped us make it happen every step of the way.
So thank you for every email you’ve sent us, every disagreement, every comment or share on one of our social posts, for all of your feedback, and for being willing to start your day with us for these past five years. Here’s to many more, Miami. ❤️
Our New Tropic community did both.
Our birthday membership campaign saw us add a bunch of new members to the fold! So please join us in welcoming The New Tropic’s newest members: Shane K., John C., Karen B., Kristen C., Rachel S., Matthew B., Sandy M., David C., Charles D., Kevi T., Diana O., John K., Andy S., Jemar S., María Elena V., Rebecca P., Dana W., Natalie C. and Marie V.
And a special congrats to new members: Sue K., Melissa D., John K. and Jeannette E. for winning our new member giveaways. 🎁
We didn’t quite reach our goal of 50 new members by our birthday, but you can still join our squad as a belated gift! Help us stick around for the long haul, and head here to sign up as a New Tropic member today.
Big game, big boot. The volleyball courts in South Beach’s Lummus Park routinely attract the super fit and fun-seeking amateurs, but you won’t be seeing folks spiking and serving there for a while. That’s because Fox Sports is getting a super early head start on Super Bowl prep ahead of the big game coming to SoFla, and they need the space for a beachside broadcast studio. (Miami New Times)
No chance for energy choice. The state Supreme Court shut down a November ballot item that was aimed at allowing residents to choose their energy provider. The court said that the proposal’s language was misleading and their decision comes after strong opposition from Attorney General Ashley Moody and the utility industry. (Tampa Bay Times)
Seeking a higher office. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez plans to announce a congressional run this week. He’ll be competing as a Republican for the District 26 seat currently held by Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. (Miami Herald)
🎨 Take an intro to watercolors class at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Coral Gables)
🗣️ Attend a live performance of the BBC Arts Hour radio show celebrating Miami's Cuban-American and Latinx culture (Little Havana)
🎶 Check out New Order's pioneering new wave sounds at the Fillmore, through Jan. 15 (South Beach)
😋 Nom on vegan chik'n sandwiches and fries at this L.A. plant-based pop-up (Little Havana)
🗣️ Listen to stories about adventure at this month's edition of The Moth StorySLAM (Downtown)
🔥 Watch the Heat take on the San Antonio Spurs (Downtown)
🎥 Watch a screening of "Feelings are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer" as part of ScreenDance 2020 (Wynwood)
🗣️ Explore the future of sound at this workshop with DJ Le Spam at Sweat Records (Little Haiti)
🎵 Dance to the sounds of some "she-jays" at The Anderson's Matriarchy party (Upper East Side)
🎨 Hop on a trolley and cruise to music, art and film pop-ups on this free culture crawl (Miami Beach) (Partner)
✈️ Test your trivia smarts at Gramps for a chance to win a free flight (Wynwood)
🎶 Party at the Sounds of Little Haiti with Klass (Little Haiti)
🎨 Learn how to screen print at this one-day workshop (South Beach)
🎶 Groove at Minnie's Disco with a DJ set by afrobeta (Wynwood)
🌊 Come get your feet wet and join us in a synchronized swimming fitness class taught by the Aqualillies. You know you always wanted to try it. (Kendall) (Partner)
🎶 Catch a live set by Otto Von Schirach at Churchill's Pub (Little Haiti)
😋 Nom on a farm-to-table dinner at a local farm (Little Haiti)
🏐 Grab a group of friends or come solo and meet new buddies at this sunset volleyball bash and BBQ (North Beach)
🎶 Catch Willy Chirino live at Flamingo Theater Bar (Brickell)
🎨 Catch "Corporal Decorum," a multidisciplinary performance by Liony Garcia, at Art Deco Weekend (South Beach)
😅 Do a downward dog at this free yoga class and get $5 off food at Time Out Market (South Beach)
Thanks again for all the support over the years, y’all. We’ll see you tomorrow. 🎂
— The New Tropic