🤔 Could fewer stops mean a better Miami bus system?
Plus, Florida’s COVID-19 numbers are dropping and why Miamians are marching.
By Zach Schlein
It’s already Thursday somehow.
Time flies when the weather’s this nice, but don’t get too comfortable in your swim trunks just yet; Miami might see a touch of rain this weekend, so plan your social rounds and IG-ready fits accordingly.
In the meantime, here are the headlines worth brushing up on today...
💧 What Miami is talking about
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😷 The Miami-Dade County School Board is still pushing back against the statewide ban on mask mandates. The school board filed a new lawsuit on Friday challenging the Florida Department of Health’s regulations regarding masks in schools; a previous lawsuit contesting an earlier iteration of the rule was tossed out by the 3rd District Court of Appeal yesterday. (CBS Miami)
📉 Florida’s COVID-19 numbers are continuing to trend downward. Both positivity rates and hospitalizations across the state are lowering in the wake of August’s Delta variant-fueled surge. Per Local 10, “Florida has now gone five consecutive days with fewer than 5,000 new cases, according to the CDC data. That last happened in the early days of July.” Meanwhile, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava received her booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine earlier this week and encouraged all eligible Miamians to do the same. (Local 10 / Mayor Daniella Levine Cava via Instagram)
➡️ Locals marched over the weekend to protest the proposed Florida Heartbeat Act. The bill being considered by the state legislature would enact similar abortion restrictions as those controversially implemented in Texas. Saturday’s demonstration started at Colonial Drive Park and attracted roughly 250 participants; you can read more about it — and how Miamians feel about the legislation — in WLRN’s report. ➡️ (WLRN)
🚌 Big changes are coming to Miami-Dade’s bus system next year. County commissioners approved the Better Bus Network, an ambitious plan to streamline and speed up 305 public transit, on Tuesday. The overhaul will see a number of bus stops removed and extensive alterations to existing routes in an effort to make 305 bus riding a faster, more convenient experience. (Miami Herald)
🌱 Savor plant-based treats and drinks during a special collaboration between The Doral Yard and SEED Food & Wine Festival (Doral)
🇨🇺 Support Veza Sur's charity of the month, Cuba Decide, with local vendors,dancing, food, and plenty of cerveza during "Cuban Night" (Wynwood)
💃 Bring your best dance moves to Floyd for a night of genre-bending tunes with Moscoman, Sinopoli, and Maccabi (Downtown)
🏄 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)
🖼 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)