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Plus, a change in the county’s COVID-19 testing policy and new local restaurants worth checking out.
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🇭🇹  How Miamians can help Haiti right now

Plus, a change in the county’s COVID-19 testing policy and new local restaurants worth checking out.

By Zach Schlein

Welcome to Tuesday.

Hope everyone enjoyed yesterday’s Miami Food Pug takeover and has had a pleasant few days. Miami may have been spared the worst of Tropical Storm Fred over the weekend — more gray skies, less heavy winds and torrential rain as had been predicted — but the system made landfall yesterday in the eastern Florida Panhandle.

The New Tropic will be sure to keep all eyes on how our fellow Floridians up north manage through the storm. In the meantime, here’s a selection of 305 and Sunshine State happenings worth knowing about today...

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🇭🇹 Our neighbors and friends in Haiti are reeling after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake upended the island on Saturday. Locals are already springing to action, and there are a number of ways you can chip in and lend a helping hand too — more info is available at the following links. ➡️ (Family Action Network Movement via Instagram / Local 10 / Miami Herald / NBC 6 South Florida)

😷 Miami-Dade County is changing the way COVID-19 tests are conducted. As of last week, anyone who takes a rapid antigen test at a county-run site will be able to take a PCR test — which are more accurate and have results available in 24-48 hours — without having to schedule an additional separate appointment. Per Miami New Times, the new policy reflects the county’s faith in PCR tests as “their ‘gold standard’ for COVID-19 testing.” (Miami New Times)

🍽 There’s been a mass migration from up north to sunny South Florida, bringing with it a smorgasbord of new eateries to check out. Luckily, The Infatuation Miami has a rundown of restaurants that actually live up to the hype plus the deets on which spots you’re better off skipping. (The Infatuation Miami)

Florida conservation groups may be pursuing legal action against a federal agency over this year’s record manatee deaths. The Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Save the Manatee Club filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday; per the News Service of Florida, the nonprofit environmental orgs are alleging that the agency “has violated federal law by not updating designated critical-habitat areas to better protect manatees.” The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has documented 905 manatee deaths so far this year. The number surpasses the manatee death totals for 2019 and 2020 combined in addition to eclipsing 2013’s previous annual record of 830. (ABC7 Sarasota / News Service of Florida)

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Today

🌇 Help keep Miami clean during a sunset beach cleanup at Watson Island Marina (Downtown)

🏊 Take part in a fun, free water aerobics program at Naranja Park (Naranja)

📽 Check out a screening of the music documentary "Darkbeat: An Electro World Voyage" accompanied by sets from Souls Departed and other accomplished Miami DJs (Downtown)

Tomorrow

🐣 Visit Frost Science Museum's "Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs" before the exhibit closes on Monday, September 6 (Downtown)

Thursday

🇧🇷 Step onto Miami Beach's most intimate dance floor at Eagle Room and join an all-night affair with DJ Nyack, one of Brazil's most prolific DJ-producers (Miami Beach)

🎉 Hit the dance floor at Floyd for a homecoming celebration with DJ-producer and South Florida native Jubilee (Downtown)

🗣 Attend a virtual lecture with celebrated artist Isaac Julien hosted by ICA Miami (Online)

Saturday

🎥 Watch a screening of "My First Summer" presented by OUTshine Film Festival between Saturday, Aug. 21 and Sunday, Aug. 29 (Online)

🎨 Swing by Wynwood Walls to learn about the history of graffiti, practice graffiti letters for yourself, and “bomb” a train car (Wynwood)

💃 Dance for a good cause during 'Diamonds & Pearls,' an event memorializing Miami nightlife legend Reese Harris — all proceeds go toward commissioning a mural in his honor (Downtown)

💿 Enjoy 'Drone Runner,' a screening of sci-fi classic "Blade Runner" rescored by Miami music scene fixture True Vine — featuring songs by Boards of Canada, Caribou, Radiohead, and many more (Little Haiti)

🍻 Cheers to four years of Veza Sur Brewing Co. during this all-day cerveza celebration (Wynwood)

🌴 Grab a great deal from local vendors on everything from secondhand clothes and home decor to vinyl during Miami Vintage Market at Gramps (Wynwood)

Sunday

😁 Learn spray can control techniques from experienced Miami urban artist Rei Ramirez (Wynwood)

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☝️ One more thing… 

It might be a relatively old meme format, but @literallymiami’s post about cold cut samples at Publix still made us chortle.

See you tomorrow,

Zach at The New Tropic

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