Plus, more financial drama for Florida schools.
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💰 Al Capone’s Miami Beach mansion sells for a cool chunk of change

Plus, more financial drama for Florida schools.

By Zach Schlein

Friday is finally here.

And so is King Tide Season: Be sure to watch your step as the new moon brings a lot of water along with it.

While you’re sidestepping any potential floods, take some time to read these eye-grabbing headlines...

💧 What Miami is talking about

The weekend is here — step outside, shake off your work woes, and make some moves around Miami. 😎 | Want to see your own picture in this space? Tag either #thenewtropic or @thenewtropic to be featured in our Instagram of the Day.  (📸: @ikigaiusa)

🚨 Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo has had his hands full recently. Amid his ongoing clash with city commissioners Joe Carollo, Alex Diaz de la Portilla and Manolo Reyes, the embattled police chief submitted a plan of action to City Manager Art Noriega earlier this week. The memo is meant to address criticisms of Acevedo’s performance by aforementioned officials. Per Local 10, the police chief has drawn their ire in part for accusing them of ​​”interfering with an internal affairs investigation and of manipulating the MPD budget to get in the way of his reforms.” According to the Miami Herald, rumors are swirling that he may soon be removed from the position. (Miami Herald / Local 10)

😷 Miami-Dade is one of several school districts being sanctioned for not complying with state rules regarding mask mandates. ​​The Florida Board of Education voted yesterday to withhold funds from multiple school districts requiring students to wear masks without the option of a parent or guardian opt-out. Broward Interim Superintendent Vickie Cartwright said the school district would comply with the state rule "once the data enables us to do so in a manner that will protect the health and safety of our students, teachers and other employees.” (CBS Miami)

Speaking of Florida schools, the state’s Department of Education is setting a poor example when it comes to handing your work in on time: Headlines made the rounds this week after the U.S. Department of Education shared that Florida was the only state that hadn’t submitted a plan for using federal COVID-19 relief funds. Perhaps because $2.3 billion was on the line, the state finally submitted its proposal on how to use the money days later; let’s hope the U.S. government doesn’t demerit for tardiness, eh? (AP News / CBS Miami)

🏡 A Miami Beach mansion once owned by Al Capone may no longer be in danger of demolition. Developers who’d planned to tear down the home and replace it with more modern trappings recently sold it to an LLC managed by a Coral Gables accountant for $15.5 million. (Local 10)

A Florida political alumnus has been confirmed as an official with the U.S. Secretary of Education. Gwen Graham, an ex-congresswoman and daughter of former Florida governor and U.S. senator Bob Graham, was confirmed as the department's assistant secretary for legislation and congressional affairs on Wednesday. (WLRN)

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🏄 Hang ten with Haute Tension as the beloved Miami band plays a free outdoor show and celebrates its new single "Surfin' in the M.I.A." (Little Haiti)

🎃 Ring in scary season and summon the Halloween spirit during Haunted Circus Miami — runs Friday, Sept. 17 - Sunday, Oct. 31 (Westchester)


🍾 Sip champagne, shuck oysters and stack books during Bookleggers Library's ninth anniversary celebrations at Box Elder (Wynwood)

🛍️ Shop locally and support Miami businesses by visiting Oasis Wynwood's Market (Wynwood)

🖼 Appreciate fine art as the Frost Art Museum FIU celebrates its new exhibitions “Robert Andy Coombs: Notions of Care” and “Tesoro: Pepe Mar’s Love Letter to the Frost” (Miami)

🌇 Embark on a sunset boat tour in Biscayne Bay and learn about the Indigenous and ecological histories of Miami's legendary body of water (Key Biscayne)

🍄 Join dance culture legend Mark Farina for a night of mind-altering music at ATV Records (Downtown)


🗣️ Share how the climate crisis has affected you and learn how you can advocate for environmental and social justice — Saturday, Oct. 9 & Sunday, Oct. 10 (Miami)

💗 "Mind Your Health" with an outdoor family-friendly festival celebrating World Mental Health Day at Margaret Pace Park — all funds raised benefit Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital (Edgewater)

🌊 Get swept up in "Currents," the new interactive art experience by Miami-based choreographer and interdisciplinary creative Hattie Mae Williams — runs Wednesday, Oct. 6 - Sunday, Oct. 10 (North Miami)


😋 Dine and enjoy a new way of ordering in at getREEF's outdoor food bazaar featuring the best Miami eats along with a full bar and entertainment — now extended through Oct. 14 (Brickell)


💚 Learn how to make a simple and satisfying fall-themed plant-based bowl with registered dietitian Lucette Talamas (Doral)

👋 Meet your neighbors during The Underline's first in-person Community Connection Meeting and Game Night (Brickell)


🎙️ Sing your heart out with Miami musician Raquel Sofia during a free show at The Backyard (Doral)

🌊 Soak up some indie rock and check out Wavves at The Ground (Downtown)

✨ Say "Hello Gorgeous" and swing by the members-only opening reception for JMOF-FIU's new exhibit on the life and works of Barbara Streisand (Miami Beach)

👋 That’s all for this week

Thanks for reading all the way to the end — be kind out there and make the most of your Miami weekend.


Zach at The New Tropic

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