Plus, a local private school changes course on vaccine policy and the 10 best Halloween parties happening this weekend.
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💰 You hate to see it — living in Miami just got even pricier

Plus, a local private school changes course on vaccine policy and the 10 best Halloween parties happening this weekend.

By Zach Schlein

It’s Thursday.

And there’s plenty to read about in today’s newsletter, from the latest squeeze Floridians will feel in their wallets, the hottest — figuratively, not literally — Halloween happenings this weekend, and a look ahead to Miami's music festival itinerary in 2022.

Scroll on and see for yourself...

💧 What Miami is talking about

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💉 A Miami private school has backtracked on its quarantine policy for vaccinated students. Centner Academy — a Design District school that’s generated national headlines on several occasions for its questionable COVID-19 protocols — reversed course and will no longer require attendees to isolate at home for 30 days following each vaccine dose. The change comes after the Florida Department of Education sent a letter warning that state funds would be withheld from the school if the policy was implemented. (WSVN / Washington Post)

🎃 Trying to have a hedonistic Halloween for the ages? Miami New Times has got you covered with a list of the 10 best parties happening this weekend — check out the following link for the full roundup of spine-tingling shindigs. ➡️ (Miami New Times)

💡 As if living in Miami wasn’t expensive enough: After months of advocacy, demonstrations and testimonials, state regulators have approved Florida Power & Light’s proposed rate increases. According to the Miami Herald, opponents of the move are considering appealing the decision to the Florida Supreme Court. The paper reports that residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a month can expect to see an increase of $12.15 on their monthly bills. The change is scheduled to come into effect in January 2022 and will see rates gradually increase over the next four years; as succinctly put by the Herald, “This means your bill will be $15.32 more by 2026 than it is now.” (Miami Herald)

🔊 Ultra Music Festival has announced phase one of its 2022 lineup. The roster includes festival mainstays like Carl Cox and DJ Snake as well as live sets by artists including Pendulum and Madeon; as is Ultra custom, more acts will be announced ahead of its planned March 25-27, 2022 dates. This will be the long-running fest’s first outing since 2019, as the pandemic reached critical mass around the same time the festival was scheduled to take place in March 2020. (Billboard)

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🎭 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)

💃 Boogie down at Floyd with DJ-producer Chaim along with Daizy and Eveava (Downtown)

🎨 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)

🎉 Kick off Halloween weekend at Dogfish Head Miami with some Cuban-Style Breakfast Stout along with sounds provided by DJ Alexis Tucci and Disco DJ Party (Miami)


🎹 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)

🍷 Experience Halloween at Layla Miami Beach complete with dinner, drinks, a DJ set, and rooftop views curated by CADA Culture (Miami Beach)

✨ Meet Mexican artist Pepe Mar and create mythical Alebrijes during this Hispanic Heritage Month celebration (Miami)

😈 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)

👋 That’s all for today

There’s only one more New Tropic newsletter standing between you and Halloween weekend — be sure to check this space tomorrow to see what terrifying treats lay in wait. 😈

Keep the lights dimmed (y’know, as a cost saving measure 👹) and stay scary,

Zach at The New Tropic

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