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Plus, more fallout from Piney Point and a Miami nightclub makes cryptocurrency history.
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☄️ This Florida fireball’s made international headlines

Plus, more fallout from Piney Point and a Miami nightclub makes cryptocurrency history.

Happy Friday Jr., folks.

Did anyone catch the fireball that lit up the South Florida sky Monday night? Amateur footage of the asteroid has gone viral over the last few days, and it proved impressive enough to warrant a story in The Guardian. According to the story, the American Meteor Society received more than 200 reports and videos about the incident, making it one of the largest celestial events of the year so far.

That's certainly one way to start the week with a bang, eh? We’d love to hear if any New Tropic readers happened to see it for themselves — feel free to hit reply to this email in case you did.

But it can’t all be mesmerizing fiery missives from the cosmos all the time — here’s what else is going on as we inch closer to the weekend…

💧 What Miami is talking about 

Even at its most abstract, the Miami aesthetic is unmistakable. 🌴 | Want to see your own picture in this space? Tag either #thenewtropic or @thenewtropic to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @miamicolortheory)

🗳 Coral Gables’ most recent local election may have come to a close, but some races are far from over. Vince Lago emerged victorious as the city’s new mayor despite controversy; he was scrutinized after the Miami Herald learned he’d signed a letter objecting to Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart’s vow to educate students on structural racism. A runoff election is taking place later this month for two commission seats. (WLRN)

💉 Florida lawmakers are calling on Gov. Ron DeSantis to make it easier for undocumented state residents to access the COVID-19 vaccine. A letter sent to the governor’s office on Wednesday cited a recent Herald article detailing how strict residency requirements were causing many folks to be denied shots. (Miami Herald)

☣️ Gov. DeSantis has directed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to draft a plan for closing Piney Point. The former phosphate mine caused a near disaster in the Tampa Bay area after millions of gallons of wastewater began leaking out. The governor has also allocated $15.4 million for treating the remaining contaminated water and vowed to hold the site’s owner, HRK Holdings, responsible. “We want this to be the last chapter of the Piney Point story," he said. (CBS News

💵 E11even will soon begin recognizing cryptocurrency as a form of payment from customers. The 24-hour nightclub — which plans on reopening next Friday, April 23 — is reportedly the first U.S. venue of its kind to have such a policy. Hey, at least it’ll have more value than dollar bills emblazoned with Usher’s face ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. (Miami New Times)

🗓 Throwback Thursday: Florida’s aviation history soars into cyberspace

(📸: @thenewtropic)

🛫 HistoryMiami Museum has announced it’s becoming the first museum to partner up with the Sunshine State Digital Network, a cultural heritage org preserving Florida’s history. With the help of the University of Miami, the collaboration will bring the museum’s Pan American World Airways collection into the online realm. The plan to digitize Florida’s airway history is part of a larger push to create a commercial aviation portal by the Digital Public Library of America. 

You can take a look at some of the ephemera right now by visiting the SSDN’s website and HistoryMiami Museum’s Instagram page.

☀️ Summer ready

It’s last call for our giveaway with Hilton Aventura Miami. ⏰ (📸: @hiltonaventuramiami)

Can’t wait till summer to get away? The New Tropic’s latest giveaway gives you the chance to spend a day in a premium cabana by the scenic pool deck of the Hilton Aventura Miami.

Enter here for your last chance to win our prize package complete with a $100 credit toward food and drinks plus valet parking at Aventura’s newest luxury Hilton. We’ll be announcing the winner in this space tomorrow — best of luck!

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Meet the creative team behind IlluminArts' upcoming multimedia production of "The Turn of the Screw" at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

More information on how to tune in!

Today

🎥 Lay on a blanket under the big screen at SoundScape Park and enjoy a screening of "HOW TO: Oh, look at me," a short experimental dance film directed by multi-disciplinary artist GeoVanna Gonzalez (Miami Beach)

👂 Perk your ears up for a performance by master percussionist Rajesh Bhandari during the April edition of North Beach Social at the North Beach Bandshell (North Beach and Online)

🌸 Stop and smell the fabric flowers during the debut of artist Pangea Kali Virga's sustainable floral fiber art exhibition at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden (Miami Beach)

🖼️ Take a look at Jon Henry's "Stranger Fruit" and Jorge Cabieses' "Constructions and Cancellations," the newest exhibitions displaying at Dot Fiftyone Gallery (Little River)

Tomorrow

🎶 Jam and enjoy live music during this Blissful Soirée at Naomi's Garden (Little River)

🍿 Celebrate O Cinema's 10th birthday and the 50th anniversary of "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" with an outdoor screening of the classic Gene Wilder film (North Beach)

🎶 Bust a move with Spam All-Stars at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden (Miami Beach)

Saturday

🎙️ Groove to live jazz with Chantil Dukart (Little River)

🐯 Spend the morning with HistoryMiami Museum and learn about endangered animals from across the globe (Online)

🌎 Celebrate Earth Month with a yoga class and beach cleanup (Miami Beach)

🏡 Check out Deering Spring Contemporary: Homecoming, a new exhibition at the Deering Estate exploring what makes a house a home (Palmetto Bay)

🌱 Grab some greenery during Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's outdoor Annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18 (Coral Gables)

🐊 Enjoy an afternoon in the park with Cross-Pollination, a dance and composition collaboration by Artists in Residence in Everglades (Homestead)

Wednesday

🚶 Take an intimate walkthrough of Locust Projects' installation "HOW TO: Oh, look at me" alongside its artistic architect GeoVanna Gonzalez (Miami Design District)

🎙️ Meet the creative team behind the upcoming production of "The Turn of the Screw" at IlluminArts' Open House (Online)

🐊 Tune into AIRIE Asks featuring Yukio Suzuki + Juraj Kojs (Online)

Thursday, April 22

😋 Join the Sustainable Supper Club at PAMM for the delicious Alfresco Earth Day Dinner (Downtown)

💚 Hear tales of Florida's national parks while sipping on cocktails delivered straight to your door during Parktails, a virtual evening hosted by The Alliance for Florida’s National Parks (Online)

☝️ One more thing… 

If you’re looking to do some good this weekend, consider donating supplies to Saint Vincent residents affected by eruptions from the La Soufrière volcano. According to the AP, up to 20,000 people have been evacuated from the Caribbean island since the volcano first began acting up last Friday.

Water supply is low, and it obviously doesn’t help that this is happening amid an ongoing pandemic. Fortunately, several South Florida orgs including Miami Broward One Carnival have teamed up to collect donations on Saturday. You can learn what they’re looking for and see where to drop supplies off right here.

Be kind out there and see you back here tomorrow,

Zach at The New Tropic

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