Plus, the push for a Surfside memorial and Miami’s place in the soft rock pantheon.
The New Tropic

👀 All eyes eastward for Tropical Storm Sam

Plus, the push for a Surfside memorial and Miami’s place in the soft rock pantheon.

By Zach Schlein

It’s Friday, Miami.

We made it. Let’s send you off into the weekend with all of the important headlines so you can impress folks with your city knowledge, not to mention the virtue of being an all-around engaged citizen. 😊 That’s what The New Tropic is here for: to help you #livelikeyoulivehere.

Without further ado...

💧 What Miami is talking about

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➡️ The City of Miami has scheduled a final vote on a controversial measure that would ban homeless encampments on public property and in entryways. Per the Miami Herald, the proposal also gives “police officers the authority to arrest people experiencing homelessness, as long as they’d been offered a shelter bed.” Critics say that the measure further criminalizes poverty and will exacerbate one of Miami’s most severe social issues. The final vote is scheduled to take place Thursday, Oct. 16. (Miami Herald)

🇭🇹 Demonstrators took to Miami’s streets to demand political asylum for Haitian migrants detained at the southern border earlier this week. Wednesday’s protest occurred amid outcry over photos showing border agents corralling and brutalizing migrants in Del Rio, Texas. The Biden administration has been lambasted both externally and within the federal government for upholding many of the previous presidency’s anti-immigrant policies; U.S. Special Envoy for Haiti Daniel Foote resigned yesterday, writing he "will not be associated with the United States' inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti" from the border. (CBS Miami / WLRN)

🌪 As predicted earlier this week, Tropical Storm Sam has formed in the Atlantic Ocean. It’s expected to become a hurricane either today or tomorrow and is definitely one to watch out for. 👀 (The Weather Channel)

🕯 Surviving residents and families of Champlain Towers South victims are calling for a memorial to be placed at the site of the collapsed condo. During a press conference yesterday, locals spoke and repeated “we do not build over dead bodies” as a gesture against private development at the property. Surfside commissioners rejected a land swap deal last week. (Local 10)

🗣 Miami Waterkeeper is asking residents to speak out against plans to develop an 800-acre development in the Everglades. The environmental advocacy group is also inviting residents to thank the Miami-Dade County Commissioners who voted against the project; more information on Miami Waterkeeper’s efforts, the urban development plans, and the officials who held the line is available on Instagram as well as the following link. ➡️ (Miami Waterkeeper)

💵 Florida has pulled an about-face and applied for an $820 million federal program combating food insecurity among children. Concerns were raised back in August after Florida's Department of Children and Families didn’t apply to receive the funds despite the state’s growing hunger problem. (WLRN)

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👙 Have your swimsuit handy

This year’s Vegan Block Party is going down at Virginia Key Beach, which means you can take a refreshing dip during a delicious day of green-based grubbin'! (📸: Marc Averette via Wikimedia commons)

🌱 Today is your last chance to enter to win a pair of tickets to the Vegan Block Party at Virginia Key. The plant-powered party with music, activism, and speedy ocean access is going down on Saturday, Oct. 16., so mark your calendars now.

Enter here for your chance to win and don’t forget to pack your best bathing suit!


💻 Tune in to "Vanderbilt: A Virtual Evening with Anderson Cooper" presented by Books & Books and Miami Book Fair (Online)

🔊 Hear what's happening in Miami's underground electronic scene during the Omnidisc X Allergy Season Rave — venue location TBA day of show (Miami)

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

🎷 Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the return of the Jazz at MOCA concert series with the Luis Disla Latin Jazz Ensemble (North Miami)


🔥 Heat up the dancefloor as former NBA player and DJ-producer Rony Seikaly hypes up his new album at Club Space (Downtown)

🇨🇺 See Little Havana up close and personally during a tour led by HistoryMiami Museum (Little Havana)

🤘 Rock out during a live music showcase at Las Rosas featuring performances by Bed Scene, Butterfly Snapple, and Wan (Allapattah)

🌇 Embark on a sunset boat tour in Biscayne Bay and learn about the Indigenous and ecological histories of Miami's legendary body of water (Key Biscayne)


👟 Stretch your legs and sign up for Pink Walk, a 5K charity event for the Women's Breast & Heart Initiative (Miami Gardens & Online)

🍾 Get a taste of getREEF — a new way to order in — at an outdoor food bazaar featuring the best of Miami neighborhood dining along with a full bar and entertainment between Sept. 14-26 (Brickell)


😈 Tear up the dance floor during the latest edition of the monthly party SALEM feat. Brother Dan, Jovi, Patrick Walsh, and Rippin Kittin on DJ duties (Downtown)


😋 Eat healthily and abundantly during della bowls' monthly BOGO deal day at The Doral Yard (Doral)


🍸 Enjoy dinner and a show during Kuba Cocktails & Cabaret (Doral)

💡 Watch and learn as early-stage startups present to investors for a chance to win a $120,000 investment (Wynwood)

🎤 Check out the latest edition of the Escala Sonora concert series featuring Puerto Rican singer-songwriter iLe and Salt Cathedral (North Beach)

👀 Take a virtual tour of Pérez Art Museum Miami with multimedia artist Vickie Pierre during the latest Local Views at PAMM (Online)

☝️ One more thing… 

🎸 Before you go your own way this weekend, be sure to check out this Miami New Times piece recounting the 305’s place in Fleetwood Mac history.

In honor of Lindsey Buckingham’s show in South Florida next week, New Times contributor Jessica Gibbs visited Criteria Recording Studios, the local spot where — you guessed it — “Go Your Own Way” was recorded and several Rumours cuts were refined almost five decades ago. You can catch the guitarist and former Fleetwood Mac member at the Parker (or as you may have once known it, the Parker Playhouse) next Thursday, September 30.

Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow,

Zach at The New Tropic

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