Plus, misleading political mailers and why Miamians don’t vote in local elections.
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🌴 A shady future for South Florida

Plus, misleading political mailers and why Miamians don’t vote in local elections.

By Zach Schlein

It’s Tuesday.

And word on the street is that much of Miami is still recovering from this past weekend’s shenanigans at III Points.

The New Tropic is nothing if not considerate, so today’s newsletter was written with a gentle touch for all the hard-partying folks out nursing their brains back to health. So be sure to have some Pedialyte on hand and scroll on for today’s headlines...

💧 What Miami is talking about

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🗣 Several prominent Miamians and organizations are speaking out over misleading political mailers. Physical and digital pamphlets distributed in recent days showed figures like former Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower and Miami Beach Fraternal Order of Police President Paul Ozaeta endorsing the proposed 2 a.m. ban on alcohol sales. However, Bower is on record speaking out against the policy, while Ozaeta shared a press release to clarify that neither he nor the union have taken an official stance on the ballot measure. (Miami New Times)

🗳 With Miami-Dade’s local elections coming up fast, the Miami Herald has investigated why off-year races in the 305 often attract low turnout. According to one study cited in the piece, “Miami proper is in the bottom eight of the country’s most populous cities for voter turnout,” the reasons for which run the gamut from the lack of prominent partisan races to confusion over mail-in ballot deadlines. (Miami Herald)

🌴 South Florida may boast a wider variety of trees in the years ahead. West Palm Beach and Miami Beach are among the communities charging ahead with tree-planting initiatives to combat climate change. Although palm trees are synonymous with South Florida’s landscape, their iconic nature can’t make up for their gap in absorbing CO2 as well as other tree varieties. That’s why endeavors like Miami Beach’s Rising Above program have designs on “planting shade trees, including species such as oak, ash, elm and sycamore, in place of palms” according to a recent CBS Miami report. (CBS Miami)

🏫 The Biden administration has advised Florida education officials not to take further punitive actions against school districts over mask mandates. The warning arrives after the U.S. Department of Education distributed financial awards to cover the salaries of Alachua County and Broward County school board members that had been docked by the state. Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran subsequently floated the idea of withholding state money from school districts equal to any federal funding they might receive, prompting a stern letter sent yesterday by Ian Rosenblum, deputy assistant secretary for policy and programs for the U.S. Department of Education. Rosenblum warned that his department “is prepared to initiate enforcement action to stop these impermissible state actions,” if Corocan’s proposal proceeds. (WLRN / News Service of Florida)


🍃 Join Locust Projects for a Virtual Roundtable with Jessica Segall, a Brooklyn-based artist working in sculpture, performance, and video, and Dehlia Hannah, curator and philosopher of nature (Online)

⛓ Delve into the darker side of dance music and get ready for Halloween with the latest edition of Salem featuring Jovi, Klauss, Souls Departed, and more on DJ duties (Downtown)


📸 Hear photographer Robert Andy Coombs discuss his craft and career trajectory during a virtual tour of the Frost Art Museum's exhibit "Robert Andy Coombs: Notions of Care" (Online)

🗣️ Connect with Miami Tech at Freehold (Wynwood)

🇨🇺 Take a close look at Cuba's architectural legacy around the world during this talk with Victor Deupi and Jean-François Lejeune, authors of the new book "Cuban Modernism: Mid-Century Architecture, 1940–1970" (Miami Beach)

🏆 Watch Oolite Arts' Virtual Awards Ceremony and meet the winners of this year's edition of The Ellies (Online)


🎭 Witness Vizcaya Museum and Gardens transform as IlluminArts presents a cinematic spin of Benjamin Britten's gothic chamber opera, "The Turn of the Screw" (Coconut Grove)

🐟 Savor the latest episodes of Sereia Films' web series "Eating Out: The Hunt for Sustainable Seafood" during a screening at The Anderson's new garden space, the Santuario (MiMo)


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

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👋 That’s all for today

See you soon — same 305 time, same 305 newsletter tomorrow.


Zach at The New Tropic

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