Plus, a seasonal Miami favorite is back and a new way to get around town.
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🛳 Cruisin’ for health regulation confusion

Plus, a seasonal Miami favorite is back and a new way to get around town.

By Zach Schlein

Welcome to Wednesday.

It might just be Miami’s lucky day (or couple of days): Following last weekend’s music festival-disrupting downpours, the 305 could be in for a chilly Halloween weekend.

Hope — like South Florida rain — springs eternal. ☔️Speaking of things with no end in sight, here’s your New Tropic newsletter for the day...

💧 What Miami is talking about

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🚄 Brightline is in a hurry to bring speedy transportation to South Florida. The high-speed rail line added to the hype of its scheduled Nov. 8 relaunch, by announcing a new ride share service yesterday. The program, naturally called Brightline+, will provide vehicles including Teslas, golf carts, and buses to transport riders between Brightline stations. It’ll roll out in December, and just as customers can enjoy their first ride free through the Brightline app for smart ride offers during the month of November, Brightline+ will be provided at no charge for a limited time. (NBC 6 South Florida)

🛍 Coral Gables residents have a new hot spot to grab groceries from: Miami-Dade’s third Trader Joe's location is opening this Friday. It’ll be located adjacent to the Shops at Merrick Park, and as detailed by Miami New Times, “In keeping with Trader Joe's tradition, the shop will be decorated with murals that portray famous Coral Gables sites, like the Biltmore Hotel, the Venetian Pool, Miracle Mile, and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.” (Miami New Times)

🛳 Cruise lines will have to abide by pandemic-related restrictions for a bit longer. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced yesterday that mandated COVID-19 protections set to expire on Monday, Nov. 1 will now remain in place through Jan. 15. According to a report, the federal agency “plans to move to a voluntary program for companies to detect and control the spread of the virus on their ships” after the new deadline. (CBS Miami / Associated Press)

😋 The sweetest time of the year is here: Knaus Berry Farm has officially reopened. Be sure to arrive early, bring cash, and be prepared to wait to get your cinnamon roll cravings satisfied — get more information on this 305 institution’s return and history over at the links. ➡️ (Local 10 / Miami Herald)

Promotion from The Miami Foundation

💰 Nominate your favorite nonprofit for a $500 gift

With nearly 1,000 local nonprofits participating in The Miami Foundation’s 10th Give Miami Day, The New Tropic wants to know — which one are you the most excited to support? (Reminder: Give Miami Day is Nov. 18!)

To find out, The New Tropic is running a little contest to see which organization has the most-energized base.

Here’s how it’ll work: You can name up to 3 nonprofits that are taking part in this year’s Give Miami Day. We’ll go through your picks and announce the 10 most-nominated orgs.

The New Tropic readers will get to vote on which organization should receive an extra $500 gift from The New Tropic on Give Miami Day.

Nominations close Friday at noon!


📸 Hear photographer Robert Andy Coombs discuss his craft and career trajectory during a virtual tour of the Frost Art Museum's exhibit "Robert Andy Coombs: Notions of Care" (Online)

🗣️ Connect with Miami Tech at Freehold (Wynwood)

🇨🇺 Take a close look at Cuba's architectural legacy around the world during this talk with Victor Deupi and Jean-François Lejeune, authors of the new book "Cuban Modernism: Mid-Century Architecture, 1940–1970" (Miami Beach)

🏆 Watch Oolite Arts' Virtual Awards Ceremony and meet the winners of this year's edition of The Ellies (Online)


🎭 Witness Vizcaya Museum and Gardens transform as IlluminArts presents a cinematic spin of Benjamin Britten's gothic chamber opera, "The Turn of the Screw" (Coconut Grove)

🐟 Savor the latest episodes of Sereia Films' web series "Eating Out: The Hunt for Sustainable Seafood" during a screening at The Anderson's new garden space, the Santuario (MiMo)

🍹 Round up your gal pals and celebrate Friday Eve with Ladies Night at American Social (Brickell)

🦄 Join the Miami tech community at TechnoArt LIVE and meet "Shark Tank" star Marcus Dantus as well as Silvina Moschini of "Unicorn Hunters" fame (Downtown)

🖌 Tune in to a virtual talk with Joanna Catron, the curator of Gari Melchers Home and Studio, as she discusses the titular artist's place in the canon of American painting (Online)

✊ Speak out against the Miami City Commission's proposed criminalization of homelessness (Coconut Grove)

🎨 Take part in a virtual roundtable hosted by Locust Projects exploring Italian Futurism, imagined utopias, disruptive events, automation, authoritarianism, sea-level rise, Silicon Valley, speculative fiction, sci-fi, and much more(Online)


🎃 Show off your scariest fit during a costume contest at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens and enjoy a live performance by Afrobeta as well as a DJ set by Phaxas (Miami Beach)


🎹 Listen to a live performance by pianist Zachary Bartholomew and his trio as they deliver an endearing musical performance memorializing jazz icon Chick Corea (West Kendall)

🍻 Toast to a refreshing All Hallow's Eve during Veza Sur’s annual Halloween party (Wynwood)

😈 Release the beast and get freaky on the dance floor during Gaze Miami's Halloween party feat. Ultrathem, Alexx in Chainss, DJ Lisa Frank, and other scary selectors (Downtown)


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

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👋 That’s all for today

Thanks for reading all the way to the end; see you back here tomorrow for your regularly scheduled Friday Jr. newsletter.

Take care,

Zach at The New Tropic

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