Plus, new COVID-19 school rules and a very exciting 305 concert announcement.
The New Tropic

☀️ Florida: A sunny place for deadly animal attacks

Plus, new COVID-19 school rules and a very exciting 305 concert announcement.

By Zach Schlein

Welcome to Thursday.

There’s plenty to pore over in today’s newsletter: Whether you’re looking for the latest headlines or cool things to do this weekend, no stone was left unturned in putting this edition together. And that’s not even touching on this week’s tasty green giveaway. 

See for yourself… 👀 

💧 What Miami is talking about

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🐊 Another day, another odd claim to questionable fame for Florida: According to a new study, the Sunshine State is the third deadliest place for animal attacks in the U.S. The debatable honors of the #1 and #2 spots belong to Texas and California respectively. (Miami New Times)

🤒 The Florida Department of Health issued a new rule circumventing school districts’ efforts to contain COVID-19. Per the emergency measure signed by new state Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo yesterday, it is now up to parents to decide whether or not to quarantine their child if they’ve been exposed to the novel coronavirus and are asymptomatic. The new policy is the latest volley in the clash between Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration and education officials over the ability of Florida schools to enforce pandemic-related restrictions. (CBS Miami / News Service of Florida)

🛣  DeSantis and his cabinet paved the way for a new highway to be built through the Everglades yesterday. Environmental groups and advocates have pushed back fiercely against the $1 billion Kendall Parkway, arguing that in addition to destroying wetlands, the project would pose a threat to Miami-Dade’s underground drinking water supply. The lone "no" vote came from Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who told the governor “you’re siding with developers in favor of harming Everglades restoration, risking wildlife, agricultural lands and Miami-Dade’s water supply, not really reducing urban sprawl.” (Miami Herald)

➡️ A new bill styled after Texas’ controversial abortion law was filed in the Florida Legislature yesterday. As detailed in a News Service of Florida report, the so-called “Florida Heartbeat Act” would mandate “doctors to test for fetal heartbeats, which can occur six weeks into pregnancy. If heartbeats are detected, doctors ‘may not knowingly perform or induce an abortion’ on pregnant women.” Senate Democrats have vowed to fight the proposal. (WLRN / News Service of Florida)

🎤 Seeing as the once-unthinkable is now routine, it was only a matter of time before the law of averages produced a pleasant surprise: the Fugees are reuniting, and they’re swinging through Miami. The beloved band is hitting the road to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its seminal album The Score and will be stopping by the FTX Arena on Sunday, Nov. 21. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. (Miami New Times)

🎟 Speaking of shows, one of Miami’s major venues is implementing new COVID-19 restrictions. Earlier this week, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts announced that patrons are now required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test prior to entry. (Miami New Times)

Promotion from The Miami Foundation

💜 Yes!: Give Miami Day with civic nonprofits

Farmworker Association of Florida builds stability among farmworkers and rural low-income communities.

Park Project encourages everyone to Perform Acts of Random Kindness (PARK) and their mission is to inspire people to PARK!

Transit Alliance advocates for walkable streets, bikeable neighborhoods, and better public transit.

Global Ties Miami Join our cultural exchange and foster global friendships and goodwill between international visitors and people from our area.

Miami Wonderland, Inc develops an atmosphere of fun, excitement, and inclusion with a focus of serving the special-needs community.

Why will YOU give? Find an organization to support

🌱 Plant-based party

This plant-based ice cream sammie is one of the many treats you can try at the Vegan Block Party. (📸: Courtesy of Vegan Block Party)

😋 Eat all the vegan goodies you can see at this year’s Vegan Block Party by the sea. The all-day event is going down at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park on Saturday, Oct. 16, and we’re inviting New Tropic readers to attend by giving away a pair of complimentary tickets.

Enter here for your chance to win; best of luck!


🔥 Throw down with some of Miami's most talented DJs — Ashley Venom, Pressure Point, and Jan Anthony — during Jezebel Sound's latest party at ATV Records (Downtown)

🌕 Pair the Harvest Moon in the night sky with a delicious four-course meal at Strawberry Moon (South Beach)

🗣 Listen in on a discussion with artist Lyle Ashton Harris during the latest edition of the ICA Speaks series (Miami Design District)

❣️ Journey through emotional, spiritual, and physical dialogues between the self and the art with creative André Breton at Pérez Art Museum Miami (Downtown)


💻 Tune in to "Vanderbilt: A Virtual Evening with Anderson Cooper" presented by Books & Books and Miami Book Fair (Online)

🔊 Hear what's happening in Miami's underground electronic scene during the Omnidisc X Allergy Season Rave — venue location TBA day of show (Miami)

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

🎷 Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the return of the Jazz at MOCA concert series with the Luis Disla Latin Jazz Ensemble (North Miami)


🔥 Heat up the dancefloor as former NBA player and DJ-producer Rony Seikaly hypes up his new album at Club Space (Downtown)

🇨🇺 See Little Havana up close and personally during a tour led by HistoryMiami Museum (Little Havana)

🤘 Rock out during a live music showcase at Las Rosas featuring performances by Bed Scene, Butterfly Snapple, and Wan (Allapattah)

🌇 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)


👟 Stretch your legs and sign up for Pink Walk, a 5K charity event for the Women's Breast & Heart Initiative (Miami Gardens & Online)

🍾 Get a taste of getREEF — a new way to order in — at an outdoor food bazaar featuring the best of Miami neighborhood dining along with a full bar and entertainment between Sept. 14-26 (Brickell)


😋 Eat healthily and abundantly during della bowls' monthly BOGO deal day at The Doral Yard (Doral)

👋 That’s all for today

Thanks for reading all the way to the end; see you back here tomorrow.

 Take care,

Zach at The New Tropic

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