Plus, there are some shakeups in the MPD and Little Marco may be facing a challenger.
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😡 Surprising no one, the rent is still too damn high in Miami

Plus, there are some shakeups in the MPD and Little Marco may be facing a challenger.

Welcome to Thursday, Miami.

Folks, this newsletter is among the more jam-packed editions of The New Tropic in recent memory. We've got it all today, including coverage on the 305’s outrageous cost of living, a grabbag of local and state headlines, an assortment of cool and climate-conscious events to check out in our calendar, and alternatingly heartfelt and humorous reflections on Miami history.

But don’t take our word for it...

💧 What Miami is talking about 

Everything’s prettier in Miami; yes, even the doors. 🚪 | Want to see your own picture in this space? Tag either #thenewtropic or @thenewtropic to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @miamicolortheory)

📈 You don’t need this newsletter to tell you that the rent is too damn high in Miami. Worse yet, rental prices have only continued to soar since the start of the pandemic. Although costs have increased across Miami-Dade County, a recent report said Aventura, Hialeah, and Coral Gables have had the steepest rises of any local city since 2020. (Miami New Times)

🗣 In case you missed it, U.S. Rep. Val Deming is reportedly planning to challenge Marco Rubio for his Senate seat next year. She previously served as Orlando’s first female police chief, a position she held for three-and-a-half years. Per AP, Deming’s history “could become a vulnerability among those in the Democratic base who are leery of law enforcement at a time of reckoning on racism and police brutality.” (AP News)

♻️ City of Miami Commissioner Ken Russell is co-hosting a virtual town hall tonight to discuss the city’s ambition of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. The online event will go over the city’s Miami Forever Carbon Neutral plan and answer any questions locals might have about the undertaking. You can learn more about the initiative here, leave a comment about it here, and finally, register for this evening’s talk right here. PHEW. (Catalyst Miami via Instagram)

🚔 Two officers with the Miami Police Department have been recommended for termination for allegedly covering up a car crash. Commander Nerly Papier and Deputy Chief Ronald Papier — who are married — were reportedly fired after the former crashed a MPD vehicle while under the influence and subsequently tried to cover it up with her husband’s help. This isn’t the only controversy to rock the MPD in recent days: The department is currently recovering roughly two dozen missing AR-15 rifles, an oversight Police Chief Art Acevedo attributes to “a matter of poor records-keeping and oversight.” (Miami New Times / Local 10

🎰 The Florida legislature moved forward on Wednesday with a 30-year gambling deal that would legalize sports betting in the Sunshine State. The deal made between Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Seminole Tribe sounds good in theory, as it's poised to bring $500 million a year in new revenue to the state.  But the opposition says the matter shouldn’t be up to the legislature, arguing instead that Florida voters should’ve had a say. (Orlando Sentinel)

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🗓 Throwback Thursday: Reverend Gérard Jean-Juste and the Haitian Refugee Center

The New Tropic is teaming up with HistoryMiami Museum to explore the 305’s past on #ThrowbackThursdays. (📸: @thenewtropic)

Welcome to the latest edition of #ThrowbackThursday, The New Tropic’s weekly spotlight on the people, places, and phenomena of Miami’s past.

This week we’re continuing our partnership with the fine folks at the HistoryMiami Museum to learn more about how South Florida’s Haitian American community came to be…

(📸: Opening of the Haitian Center at 4841 N.W. 2nd Avenue. From left, Pat Baussen (volunteer), Vera Weiss (attorney), Reverend Gérard Jean-Juste, Reverend Don Olson, and Bernard Adolpit (volunteer). Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami Museum. 29 September 1980.)

Between 1972 and 1977, over 200,000 Haitian immigrants arrived in South Florida. In order to help their community in a time of need, Reverend Gérard Jean-Juste — a Roman Catholic priest and rector of Saint Claire’s Church in Port-au-Prince, Haiti — created the Haitian Refugee Center. Father Jean-Juste moved to Miami in the 1970s and founded the Haitian Refugee Center to assist refugees who were facing violations of due process. The organization offered legal assistance to refugees in addition to hosting Saturday night meetings to brief them on legal developments as they happened. The group also occasionally organized demonstrations throughout South Florida.

In 1975, the National Council of Churches established Haitian Refugee Concerns, with the intention of organizing Haitian migrants and community support groups. The two organizations merged, and by the middle of 1978 a solely Haitian-led group, Combit Liberté, was created and became the primary political voice of Miami’s Haitian refugees.

The legal services rendered by the HRC were critical to the formation of Miami’s Haitian community. The legal assistance provided by the organization slowed the U.S. government’s efforts to repress the flow of Haitians to South Florida. Without those legal victories, it’s likely that the U.S. government would have succeeded in its efforts and Miami’s bustling Haitian community would not exist today.

Can’t wait until next week to learn more Miami history? Be sure to follow HistoryMiami Museum on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can plan your own visit and learn more about its array of exhibits and programming at

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🎨 Get lost in Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies, artist Vince Fraser's new multi-sensory visual experience at ARTECHOUSE (South Beach)

♻️ Learn about the City of Miami's plans to reduce greenhouse gases during a virtual town hall with Commissioner Ken Russell (Online)


🇨🇺 Feast your eyes on a 10th-anniversary revival screening of "Juan of the Dead" at Miami Dade College's Tower Theater in celebration of artistic freedom and creative expression in Cuba(Little Havana)

🗣 Attend a reception for "Voices of Hispanola," the newest exhibit at Island SPACE Caribbean Museum (Plantation — RSVP to

🍹 Celebrate Mamey Day at Mamey on 3rd with live music, mamey cocktails, bites by Chef Niven Patel, and sweet scoops from Azucar Ice Cream (Coral Gables)

🍷 Treat yourself to a taste of Swick Wine's offerings at LUCIO/Wine Shop (Little River)

🖼 Experience acclaimed artist  Chire “VantaBlack” Regans' powerful portraiture series "A Reflection of the Times" between Friday, May 21 and Monday, November 1 (Wynwood)


🌎 Organize to advocate for a better, greener tomorrow with Miami Climate Alliance (Online)


👂 Listen in on a live art talk with FIU graduate and prolific visual creative Gianna D (Online)


📖 Join HistoryMiami Museum's resident historian, Dr. Paul S. George, as he embarks on a weekly series detailing defining moments in South Florida history(Online)


🗣 Attend Tech Talk at The Underline and learn from experts discussing the convergence of technology and public spaces (Brickell)

Thursday, May 27

🎶 Dance along to the funky grooves of Turkauz during the ensemble's three-night residency at North Beach Bandshell on Thursday, May 27 through Sunday, May 29 (North Beach)

☝️ One more thing… 

Local meme page @starterpacksmia recently returned after a nearly six-month hiatus, and it wasted no time in turning the quality content valve back on. Yesterday’s “Been living in miami too long starter pack” was borderline vicious in its accuracy, capturing the music, promoters, photographers, venues, and regrettable fashion trends that defined Miami nightlife in the mid-to-late 2000s with just one piercing collage.

Poplife — the indie dance-party-turned-production company that helped shape that particular era — lent its stamp of approval to the meme, and you should too by clicking follow. And if that post left you nostalgic for a simpler time when the biggest social media concern you had was whether or not you were in someone’s top 8 (or top 16!) consider turning the clock back and soundtracking your day with “What the hell was blog house? 30 classic tracks from a great lost era.”

Because we are your friends,

Zach at The New Tropic

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