Plus, an investment in Florida’s waterways and a different kind of heat season.
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🐱 FIU is on the prowl for a new athletic director

Plus, an investment in Florida’s waterways and a different kind of heat season.

By Zach Schlein

It’s Friday, Miami.

Hopefully none of you were as thrown off by yesterday’s profoundly blah weather as I — hi, Zach here 👋 — was. After experiencing the cool, comforting touch of a cold front, it was honestly disappointing to have things heat back up only to give way to gray, drab skies (cue up the Morrissey — or if you’d prefer a less, err, problematic singer-songwriter, Destroyer — if you haven’t already).

But hope springs eternal and as all things must change, so too must the weather forecast: Miami may see more storms in the days ahead, but it’s looking like a refreshing cold front is just around the corner. Ain’t that just like life, though? 🌬

Anyway, enough forced music plugs and philosophizing about the weather — let’s take a look at the headlines...

💧 What Miami is talking about

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🌊 Earlier this week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pledged $481 million toward improving Florida’s waterways, springs, and wastewater facilities. The announcement is the latest in a long series of mixed environmental messages from the governor’s administration — just a few months ago, DeSantis and his cabinet approved the construction of an expansive new highway in the Everglades over the objections of experts and advocates. (Florida Politics)

🌡 ICYMI, Miami-Dade will be experiencing its first-ever heat season next year. And we’re not talking about basketball: Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava recently announced that the county will recognize May 1 to Oct. 31 as a period of extreme heat starting in 2022. Speaking at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, the mayor said the designation is meant to bring attention to the dangers of high temperatures and climate change. (Miami Herald)

🗣 No mayor… mo’ problems? Opa-locka Mayor Matthew Pigatt announced he was resigning from his role during a city commission meeting Wednesday night. Declaring that he would not be “a figurehead for corruption," Pigatt said he was departing the position over deep-rooted rot within the city government. "I naively thought that a system that is broken could be fixed from within - by reformers who, if they just cared deeply enough, could root out things like cronyism, shadow deals, and government officials who turn a blind eye toward the corrupt deeds of others lest their own corruption be dragged into the light," he said. (NBC 6 South Florida)

🏈 Florida International University is prowling — get it? Because panthers? 😹 — for a new athletic director. Pete Garcia announced he was stepping down from the position on Wednesday after 15 years in the role. He’ll be transitioning to a new job with the college and serving as senior advisor to FIU President Mark Rosenberg. Panthers football coach Butch Davis — who’s currently serving the final season of his five-year contract — told the Miami Herald he felt that Garcia had distanced himself from the job in recent months. “I don’t think I’ve seen Pete more than two times in the past 10 or 11 months,” Davis said. “It was a little bit of a surprise that Pete left [Wednesday]. You thought maybe it might be at the end of the season or in the spring.” (AP News / Miami Herald)

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

📽 Swing by Wynwood Walls for a movie night and fashion show by Claudia La Bianca (Wynwood)

🎄 Check out the grand opening of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's dazzling holiday light show, NightGarden (Coral Gables)

🍿 Grab some popcorn for the 20th edition of the Miami Short Film Festival at the Deering Estate — takes place Friday, Nov. 12 through Sunday, Nov. 14 (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)

🎵Put some skip in your step with a concert featuring old-time, folk, and gypsy-swing music in a cozy Kendall home (Kendall)

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

🎙 Soak up the silvery vocals and playful humor of singer Kat Edmonson as she belts American songbook classics, Disney favorites, and originals (Cutler Bay)

💃 Watch the world premiere of several new works as Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami kicks off its 2021/22 season at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (Cutler Bay)

🗓 Party for a purpose and contribute to a good cause during the 9th Annual Support-A-Scholar Celebration (Coral Gables)

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


😋 Feast on sweet flavors and even sweeter sounds during Sweat Records' monthly Waffle Party Vinyl Brunch feat. Laura of Miami (Wynwood)

🍂 Dive into the science behind scenic seasonal change during "Mini-Me Science: Autumn Leaves" at Frost Science (Downtown)


✏️ Hone your figure drawing abilities skills with the help of a class offered by Oolite Arts (Miami Beach


🗑️ Be part of the solution by volunteering during the latest Trashy Tuesday sunset cleanup (Downtown)


💪 Take part in the Third Annual Pitch Competition by Ladies Empowerment & Action Program (LEAP), a Miami-based nonprofit empowering current and formerly incarcerated women through entrepreneurial classes and workforce readiness workshops (Online)

🌊 Learn about the “Impact of Sea Level Rise on Historic Places” with University of Miami professor and geology department chair Dr. Harold Wanless (Online)


🎶 Groove to R&B tunes and give to good causes during this celebration by the OLCDC (Opa-locka)

🏎️Enjoy a VIP Supercar Show, auction, and cocktail reception during the Together We CAN fundraiser benefitting the UF Health Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment (Wynwood)

🍳 Work up an appetite and watch Give Miami Day's Chefs Panel with Michelle Bernstein, Niven Patel and Tristen Epps (Online)

📸 Attend the opening of the photo exhibition "Female in Focus" at Green Space Miami (Little River)

☝️ One more thing… 

🎶 Looking for a slinky, synth-heavy jam to spin on repeat this weekend? Be sure to check out Rick Moon’s new single, “Faulty Design,” released courtesy of the good folks at Public Works Records. And when you’re done playing “Spot that Miami creative” in the Club Space-set, cameo-heavy music video, be sure to read this illuminating Miami New Times interview with Moon by local writer Olivia McAuley

See you back here on Monday for the latest newsletter takeover by the one and only Juan Barquin.


Zach at The New Tropic

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