Plus, an era of Miami writing comes to an end and weird online sales tax to watch out for.
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😬 Publix is in the headlines for all the wrong reasons

Plus, an era of Miami writing comes to an end and weird online sales tax to watch out for.

Welcome to Tuesday, everyone.

Whether you’ve been feeling the cold chill of nearly a year’s worth of pandemic-related fretting or just our descending temperatures, it’s only going to get colder: As snow engulfs many parts of the country, Miami’s feeling the brittle breeze of lows in the 40s. And we do mean breeze: some parts of Florida are getting wind chill advisories as we speak.

While you’re keeping warm and staying safe, read on for what’s going on around town… 

💧 What Miami is talking about

Even a cold, cloudy day can’t stop the beauty of a Miami sunrise from shining through. 🌅 | Want to see your own picture in this space? Tag #thenewtropic to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @jdkca)

💻 The buzz around Miami as a new big tech hub was recently the subject of an extended piece in The New York Times. Equally as notable as the story is the lovely illustration by local artist Gabriel Alcala. (The New York Times / Gabriel Alcala via Instagram)

💰 Apparently, there’s an online sales tax in Florida that says if you buy something online and aren’t charged sales tax, you should fill out an online form and send in the money you owe. Who knew? Word on the street says Sen. Joe Gruters is trying to change that by putting the onus on the online retailers instead of the ill-informed consumer. (Orlando Weekly)

😬 An heiress to the Publix fortune was the primary financier behind the violent Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Julie Jenkins Fancelli, the daughter of Publix founder George W. Jenkins, contributed $300,000 of the rally’s $500,000 budget according to the Wall Street Journal. The omnipresent Sunshine State grocery chain has since distanced itself from Fancelli. (Miami New Times

🖼 A new Miami Beach art exhibit is grappling with the tumult of the last year through the prisms of Judaism and Florida iconography. “Dreams of Unknown Islands,” the newest exhibit by visual artist and Oolite Arts resident Sasha Wortzel, invites visitors to undergo a cathartic experience through physical sculptures and carefully mixed audio of folks reciting the Mourner’s Kaddish. Anyone looking to stop by and see it for themselves must make an appointment in advance — it'll be on display through April and an online viewing option is also forthcoming. (WLRN)

🖊 It’s the end of an era: International renowned author Carl Hiaasen is hanging up his pen (Keyboard? Typewriter? Listen, we don’t know what specific instrument he uses to compose his words, but you get the idea.) at the Miami Herald after 35 years. The prolific writer’s March 14 column will be his last contribution to the Magic City paper. (Associated Press)

😝 Miami’s newest Lo-Ca

Take your shot at sipping some low-calorie goodness and enter to win our giveaway for some Lo-Ca from The Tank Brewing Company. (📸: @juliarosephotog)

Is it crazy to want a lo-cal beer that’s both craft-brewed and delicious? We don’t think so. 😉 Introducing Lo-Ca, a Tropical Blonde Ale with only 94 calories and 2.8 grams of carbs. It comes courtesy of the Miami artisans over at The Tank Brewing Co., and it can be all yours with The New Tropic’s giveaway. Enter here for your chance to win a six-pack and enjoy this new brew at home.

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Things to do

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🎨 Get the deets on creating an exhibition at nationally recognized alternative art space Locust Projects with this free webinar hosted by co-founder and practicing artist Elizabeth Withstandley (Online)

😂 Join Fantasy Theatre Factory for some laughs with Larry Fields as well as Miami magician and creative Billy Byron (Online)


🤔 Set yourself up for a mindful reset and delve into the psychology of procrastination (Online)


🎨 Celebrate the eighth anniversary of the PAMM's Fund for African American Art, Art + Soul, from the comfort of your home (Online)

🎭 Watch a one-person show based on the life of Harriet Tubman (Little Haiti)

😋 Sweeten up your life with tastes from 13 of your favorite local bakers at vote for your fave at the Doral Yard (Doral)


🌿 Get greenery during the annual plant show and sale at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Coral Gables)

👋 One more thing...

The world lost a cultural and musical pioneer over the weekend. SOPHIE, who spent the last near-decade reshaping electronic music and dance culture in their image, passed away from a freak fall at the tragically young age of 34.

Although SOPHIE was Scottish, the singer/producer/DJ/trans icon was no stranger to Miami’s stages: They performed here at the 2016 edition of III Points; at short-lived downtown bar Insideout and Ultra Music Festival in March 2019; quickly returned the following month for an unforgettable intimate show at ICA Miami during Pride Week; and last graced us with an onstage appearance for Miami Art Week in December 2019. 

As Miami New Times associate editor Jose Duran wrote, “The Scottish producer's sound can range from highly abrasive to so sugary sweet that listeners might expect their teeth to rot.” Whatever the mood, SOPHIE’s music was always brimming with possibility and never anything less than a complete shock to the system.

Their passing is an incalculable loss — whether you’re like many Miamians and are in mourning right now or someone who’s just discovering their trailblazing work for the first time, consider honoring them by going about your day with kindness, creativity, and with one eye permanently fixed toward a better future.

See you back here tomorrow,

—   Zach & The New Tropic

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