Not a great look. The worldwide outbreak of novel coronavirus hasn’t made it to Florida — and state officials hope it stays that way. There’s one kinda big problem though: Test kits given to Florida by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may not work. The CDC found some issues with the kits after they were sent out to other states, and they’re asking officials to hold off until they can make new kits and determine which states need new equipment. (Miami Herald)
Some major college news. Tallahassee lawmakers advanced a bill that could have a major impact on more than 20,000 college students who benefit from the Effective Access to Student Education program. The proposed law would make the program a need-based grant and could eliminate more than half of current recipients. That same bill also includes a plan to have Florida State University and the University of Florida merge with the smaller New College and Florida Polytechnic University, respectively. And that part of the legislation has raised plenty of eyebrows. (Tampa Bay Times)
More police at the party. There will soon be more cops on South Beach in the wee hours of the weekend. Miami Beach leaders approved a law that requires bars on a stretch of Ocean Drive to hire off-duty cops if they serve booze after midnight. The cops will be there from midnight until 30 minutes past the bar’s closing time. (Miami Herald)
Freebee finds a new home. The free shuttle service already operates in areas like Coral Gables, Doral, Miami Beach, and Coconut Grove, and now it will be expanding to downtown Miami. The city’s parking authority approved a one-year deal to bring a pilot program to the area, and the shuttles could hit the streets in the next few months. (Miami Today)
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Walk into Walgreens during the month of February (or honestly even late January), and it’s hard to avoid the fact that Valentine’s Day has arrived. Red balloons! Sparkly cards! Heart-shaped boxes on display (and deeply discounted on February 15)!
This holiday, and the weeks leading up to it, can feel totally focused on romantic love — which is a wonderful form of love, don’t get us wrong. But we also want to celebrate a different kind of love this month: self love.
To help you best celebrate and grow the love you have for YOU, we came up with a list of self love activities in Miami, and it’s filled with suggestions that you all shared with us. Complete the whole list and you just might reach self-love nirvana. ❤️
Got other tips on how to spread some self love? Head to our Instagram and drop a comment.
We at The New Tropic love all things delicious and we love to go on delicious adventures with you! Join us at Adventures at Awash where we will have an authentic Ethiopian coffee ceremony, a full dinner, and dive into how this taste of Ethiopian cuisine made its way to Miami. Grab your ticket here.
🎥 Watch a screening of 'La Belle Vie', the story of Haitian-American filmmaker, Rachelle Salnave, journey to discover her Haitian roots. RSVP now for free entry (Sponsor)
✍️ Drink up and write a story at First Draft: A Literary Social (Downtown)
🗣️ Learn about African American art at this lecture by writer, curator, and activist Kimberly Drew (Downtown)
🎶 Groove at a live performance by vocalist and songwriter, Judith Hill at Ted's x Young Arts (Edgewater)
🔥 NWS’s Michael Tilson Thomas joins violinist Nicola Benedetti in celebrating classical music’s swoon-worthy Romantics and dance masters Buy tickets tonight or tomorrow (Sponsor)
🎶 Jam at this V-Day concert with performances by Afrobeta, Las Nubes, Haute Tension, Donzii and Ines Barlatier (Wynwood)
🎶 Sway to a the sounds of Mario at the Peachfuzz party at the Ground (Downtown)
🍕 Nom on pizza at Frankie's 65th anniversary celebration (Southwest Dade)
😋 Eat your V-Day dinner at the food truck rally in Tropical Park (Southwest Dade)
🎶 Groove to the best in world, jazz, funk and rock at Ground Up Music Festival, with interactive masterclasses and brunch with the artists. Through Feb 16 Tickets on sale now. (Sponsor)
♥️ Miami City Ballet presents a trio of ballets: Firebird, Nine Sinatra Songs, and Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes. Tickets start at $30 (Partner)
😅 Work up a sweat before an early morning dance party at Club Space with Daybreaker (Downtown)
🎨 Stroll through hundreds of art booths and eat plenty of local bites at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, through Feb. 17 (Coconut Grove) (Partner)
🚩 Bring your friends and fam to the Haulover Kite Days Festival (Haulover Beach)
📽️ Catch a screening of "Dirty Dancing" at the Coral Gables Art Cinema (Coral Gables)
🌈 Celebrate at Gay8, a diversity and inclusion festival filled with cultural programming and founded by LGBTQ latinos (Little Havana)
🚣 Meet new friends at our "Dating is Garbage" beach cleanup, kayak trip and singles mixer (Key Biscayne)
🎨 Nosh on brunch bites at 12 different contemporary art galleries (Various locations)
💃 Take a dance class with the queen of Afrobeat (Little Haiti)
🗣️ Train your mind to think objectively at this workshop (Wynwood)
🎵 Feel the rave vibes at the Oxitocina party at The Hangar (Downtown)
🎸 Hear the sounds of the Delta Blues at the Olympia (Downtown)
🤓 Test your smarts at Beat Culture Brewery's trivia night (Blue Lagoon)
😋 Nom for the 'gram at the soft opening for The Flying Pig restaurant (South Miami)
🗣️ Join Locust Projects and Oolite Arts for a conversation with Adrienne Edwards, co-curator of the 2021 Whitney Biennial (Little Haiti)
🎨 Practice your drawing skills at this free class inspired by Terence Price's Never Ending Gardens (Sweetwater)
If you’re over all the lovey-dovey talk, here’s some ways to get deals out of trashing your ex at businesses around town (you know, if you’re into that kind of thing). And you can laugh at or commiserate with these Valentine’s Day horror stories.
No matter what your love life or weekend plans look like, we hope you’re showing love to yourself above all. We’ll catch you tomorrow, Miami. ❤️
— The New Tropic