Plus, fewer freshmen are enrolling at Florida colleges and high hopes for a tourism boom.
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💦 Miami dries off after a water-soaked weekend

Plus, fewer freshmen are enrolling at Florida colleges and high hopes for a tourism boom.

By Zach Schlein

Welcome to Tuesday.

How about that weather, huh? Sunday was the chilliest day in recent Miami memory with lows in the 50s; although it isn’t projected to stay that crisp for the remainder of the week, temps are thankfully expected to keep cooler than usual across the 305.

Unfortunately, the weather is bringing more than just cold fronts with it...

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🌊 Miami got wet ‘n wild over the weekend: A combination of heavy rainfall and the seasonal king tide left much of the 305 drenched during these past few days. While some made it out with little more than soaked clothes, others weren’t so lucky and saw substantial property damage due to the floods. Miami New Times has a roundup of videos as well as input from the experts on how and why the elements wreaked havoc across town. ➡️ (Miami New Times)

🛬 As of yesterday, international travelers fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can freely fly in and out of the U.S. This change in policy is expected to buoy Miami International Airport and the local tourism economy, both of which suffered heavy financial hits due to the pandemic. “We can’t see a complete recovery until the full international market is back in Miami,” Rolando Aedo, the COO of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, told the Miami Herald. “This is truly a watershed moment.” (Miami Herald)

🎓 Undergraduate enrollment is down at Florida schools and universities. The Sunshine State’s numbers are consistent with a countrywide trend that’s seen fewer Americans pursue secondary education across the board. As reported by WLRN, “A recent study released by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that so far this fall, undergraduate enrollment is down in Florida by 2.6% since last year. That compares with a 3.2% drop in undergraduate enrollment nationally.” (WLRN)

🗳 Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has formally filed paperwork to campaign for re-election in next year’s gubernatorial race. Meanwhile, a clear frontrunner has yet to emerge from the crowded field of potential Democratic challengers. (CBS Miami)

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📍 Preparing our neighborhoods for the next decade

The New Tropic is hosting a panel discussion with three leaders who are championing their neighborhood business improvement districts and a business exec who continues to innovate.

Joining us:

Cynthia Seymour, Executive Director, Coconut Grove BID

Manny Gonzalez, Executive Director, Wynwood BID

Tim Schmand, Executive Director, Lincoln Road BID

Sven Vogtland, Co-Founder of Coyo Taco and 1-800-Lucky

Our chat will help shed some light on the role of a BID (Business Improvement District), their impact in our communities, learn more about a few upcoming projects, and how they help enhance the quality of life for our residents and businesses.

Join us for today's virtual event


🗣 Join The New Tropic for a virtual conversation on all of the ways Wynwood BID is investing in Miami's most colorful neighborhood (Online)

🖐 Check out job opportunities as a security guard during a local job fair (Opa-locka)

🌱 Explore landscape ecology and our relationship to place by joining artist and FIU Assistant Professor of Art Fereshteh Toosi for "Forest Immersion and Plant Sounds," a contemplative deep dive into nature (Miami)


🕯 Cozy up to candlelight in the historic Trinity Cathedral while listening to live world music, walking the Via Sacra, and embarking on a thoughtful meditation (Miami)

💻 Connect with Miami Tech at Freehold (Wynwood)

🍽 Enjoy a special one-night-only dinner at Orno with seven chefs from Food & Wine Best New Chef's Class of 2020(Coral Gables)


🎸 Join local act Towers of Babel in celebrating the release of their newest EP, "On a Tuesday," at Tea & Poets (South Miami)

🍿 Grab some popcorn for the 20th edition of the Miami Short Film Festival at the Deering Estate (Palmetto Bay)


🤘 Rock out during live performances by Dion Lunadon [ex-A Place To Bury Strangers] and MOLD! plus a warm-up DJ set by Ale Campos of Las Nubes (Wynwood)

🍾 Celebrate the 8th Anniversary of IlluminArts with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a special musical performance by the award-winning soprano Melissa Wimbish(Brickell Key)

🌎 Help neaten up Julia Tuttle Causeway heading eastbound toward Miami Beach during an afternoon volunteer cleanup sponsored by Florida Sea Turtle Company, Lloyd Jones and Bonefly (Miami)

🎉 Take in the unique sights, sounds, and flavors that make Miami so special during HistoryMiami's free festival, CultureFest 305(Downtown Miami)

🌇 Take a free Saturday morning yoga class on the scenic Paseo of the THesis Hotel.(Coral Gables)

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☝️ One more thing… 

🕛 Be sure to tune in at noon today for a New Tropic-hosted panel with Wynwood BID and several local leaders. The talk will tackle the colorful neighborhood’s past, present, and future as well as detail the BID’s behind-the-scenes work to make Wynwood a must-visit destination. You can sign up and pre-register for this free chat by clicking right here. Hope to see you there!

 Until tomorrow,

Zach at The New Tropic

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