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➡️ Miami Commissioner Joe Carollo appears to have filed a formal resolution with the sole aim of roiling homeless advocates. Hot off of his successful campaign to oust former Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo, Carollo has put the creation of an “adopt-a-homeless” program on the agenda for the City Commission’s Thursday, Oct. 28 meeting. The commissioner previously floated the idea as a retort to activists speaking out against a proposed ordinance that would effectively criminalize homelessness.
Adrian Madriz, the executive director of Struggle for Miami’s Affordable and Sustainable Housing, delivered a swift rebuke to Carollo in an interview with the Miami Herald.
“Even if all the activists in Miami were to adopt one homeless person it would be a drop in the bucket in addressing the greater issues,” she said. “It’s not citizens’ responsibility to be individually providing the social programs and services that we pay taxes for and elect commissioners and a mayor to develop and implement. That is their job.”
As it so happens, Carollo is up for reelection in the forthcoming Tuesday, Nov. 2 election.
In other news...
🍻 The bar has been raised for guides on Miami dives and watering holes. Miami New Times recently updated its “Bar Exam,” a comprehensive list detailing 100 of South Florida’s “best institutions of higher imbibing.” We’ll drink to that! (Miami New Times)
😷 Miami-Dade County Public Schools might be loosening its mask mandate before the month is out. Earlier this week, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said the lower rates of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations may lead to a change in policy. However, a formal decision has yet to be issued. (CBS Miami)
🛳 Have a spare $60,999 lying around and trying to travel across the globe in 2024? Consider setting sail with Royal Caribbean on the just-announced “Ultimate World Cruise." The voyage will span more than 150 destinations in 65 countries and departs from PortMiami on Dec. 10, 2023 with a scheduled return date of Sept. 10, 2024. Sure sounds nice — if any New Tropic readers happen to come across any discount codes, be sure to let me know. 🤑 (NBC 6 South Florida)