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🚨 The war of words over Miami’s top cop

Plus, an ample serving of 305 food news.

By Zach Schlein

It’s Wednesday.

And in addition to breezy weather, the middle of the week has arrived with a chaotic Miami news cycle and plenty of appetizing announcements in tow. There’s a lot of ground to cover — mouth-watering and otherwise — so let’s jump right into it...

💧 What Miami is talking about 

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🚨 Art Acevedo's stint as Miami’s top cop seems to be over. The embattled police chief was suspended “​​with the intent to terminate his employment” by Miami City Manager Art Noriega on Monday night. Acevedo — who served in the role for six months and gained a reputation for his attempts to reform the department — sent a mass email with the subject line “Farewell,” to the Miami Police Department that same evening. Miami New Times’ report on the development included a comment by MPD Sgt. Stanley Jean-Poix, who remarked that many law enforcement officers were disappointed with the turn of events and felt that Acevedo had been “railroaded.”

The City Commission is scheduled to meet this afternoon and formally issue a decision on his future. During his tenure, Acevedo attracted controversy with the Miami Fraternal Order of Police as well as Commissioners Joe Carollo, Alex Díaz de la Portilla, and Manolo Reyes. As detailed by the Miami Herald, the erstwhile chief “blasted three of the five commissioners in a scathing eight-page memo weeks ago, accusing them of interfering with internal police investigations.” In a separate article, the paper noted Noriega had recently defended Acevedo on Twitter and said the union had attempted to “baselessly undermine” the chief with frivolous accusations. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez — who’d previously described Acevedo as “​​the Michael Jordan of police chiefs” — said he supported the suspension during a press conference yesterday.

In other news...

🌱 Fast food history is being made in Miami. The Magic City is serving as one of the testing grounds for Burger King’s exciting new offering *cue drum roll* … Impossible Nuggets. The plant-based alternative to traditional chicken nuggets is the chain’s latest “I can’t believe it’s not meat!” menu item and can be ordered as of this week. Its predecessor, the Impossible Whopper, was unveiled by Burger King way back in the salad days of 2019. (WSVN)

🌌 As yesterday’s newsletter showcased, Miami is a hot spot for scenic sights. And it’s about to get a whole lot more colorful too: A pair of dazzling light shows are set to debut in the coming months. Next month, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will be opening “NightGarden: A Magical Light Spectacular,” a walkthrough experience that needs to be seen to be believed. Pinecrest Gardens will be unveiling “Bruce Munro: Forest and Field of Light” — an immersive installation designed by its namesake artist — in December. You can read more about both at the following link. ➡️ (Local 10)

🐟 Shuck yeah: South Beach Seafood Festival is finally returning next week. The festivities begin on Wednesday, Oct. 20, and run up through the main event on Saturday, Oct. 23. And as it so happens, The New Tropic is giving away two VIP tickets to this tasty occasion; sea it for yourself up near the top. ☝️(Miami New Times)

😋 A sweet South Florida institution is hoping to reopen soon. The cinnamon bun specialists at Knaus Berry Farm are reportedly set to welcome guests back as early as Tuesday, Oct. 26. (WSVN)

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💚 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)

🗣️ Connect with Miami Tech at Freehold (Wynwood)


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

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

✊ Speak out to protect your neighbors during the Housing Justice Rally (Coconut Grove)

✨ 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)

😋 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)


🌓 Take a scenic bike ride through Florida's natural wonder during the Glades Moonlight Ride (Everglades National Park)

🌊 Immerse yourself HistoryMiami Musuem's new exhibit "FloodZone," a collection of photos by Anastasia Samoylova addressing climate change inSouth Florida (Downtown)

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


🎃 Make a scary jack-o'-lantern using glow-in-the-dark paints during Kids Club at The Doral Yard (Doral)

🌱 Feast on delicious greens beachside during this year's Vegan Block Party (Historic Virginia Key Beach Park)


🎉Tap into youthful creativity during KIDS JAMM at PAMM (Downtown)

💃 Watch a fancy footwork face-off during the Red Bull Dance Your Style competition at LIV (Miami Beach)

🤓 Peek into the Sunshine State's environmental past during "Ditch of Dreams - The Cross Florida Barge Canal" (Online)


🗑 Tidy up Biscayne Bay during the latest Trashy Tuesday volunteer cleanup (Watson Island)

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☝️ One more thing… 

👀 Be sure to keep your gaze on the night sky this week, as the moon will be making Jupiter and Saturn visible even to the untrained eye. The stars are set to proverbially align tonight through Friday, and you can click here to learn more about how you can spot ‘em for yourself.  


Zach at The New Tropic

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