⛽️ There might be help on the way for Floridians’ gas pump pains
Plus, why locals are pushing back on a controversial development plan.
By Zach Schlein
Welcome to Tuesday, Miami.
Hope everyone’s enjoying the breezy weather and a stress-free week. Speaking of, here’s a reminder that we’re looking at a rather short week ahead — short in that I’ll only be showing up in your inboxes tomorrow and Wednesday before I leave you for the week to (hopefully) enjoy some time off with your loved ones for Thanksgiving.
But before then, today’s newsletter is taking a moment to reflect on what we’re thankful for this year. Yes, even in a year as strange and frequently disorienting as 2021, there are reasons to be grateful. Not to be too sappy, but The New Tropic is thankful for readers like you — the kind of people who care about the facts, who work to make our city a better place, and who support local journalism. Cheers to you and thanks for reading — scroll on to see what’s happening around town...
💧 What Miami is talking about
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🗣 Miami-Dade residents are pushing back on an expansive development plan. ZooMiami spokesperson and environmental advocate Ron Magill is among the locals who spoke out during a Miami-Dade County Commission meeting last week over plans to build new housing on the 168-acre Calusa Country Club golf course. The commissioners approved the controversial plan over objections that construction would contribute to urban sprawl and harm endangered wildlife in the area like the bonneted bat and tri-colored herons. The Save Calusa campaign is encouraging residents to email Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and ask her to veto the plan on the premise that “The development would replace 168 acres of green space and wildlife habitat intended to be protected until 2067.” (Local 10 / Miami New Times)
⛽️ Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says the state is considering relief options for surging gas prices. Speaking at a gas station in Daytona Beach yesterday, the governor said he’ll propose $1 billion in gas tax relief during the state legislature’s next session in January. (NBC 6 South Florida)
💉 A federal judge has rejected Florida’s legal challenge to federal vaccine mandates for health care workers. U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers issued an order on Saturday denying a motion by Attorney General Ashley Moody requesting a preliminary injunction or temporary restraining order against the COVID-19 vaccination policy. The judge determined that the rule did not pose “irreparable harm” that would justify the court’s intervention. (WLRN)
⚖ The Miami-Dade County Courthouse is reopening next month. The historic downtown building was closed in June due to safety concerns following the tragedy in Surfside. However, it has since cleared engineering inspections and will resume proceedings on Monday, Dec. 6. (CBS Miami)
🙏 What makes you thankful to be a Miamian?
We posed that question to all of you recently, and there was no shortage of great answers. Here are a few of our faves…
“I’m thankful for the folks who are making Miami a better place to live for everyone and know that it is so much more than a playground for the wealthy.” — Maria L.
“Thankful for the lovely staff at the Hyatt Centric in Brickell. They knew our non-profit currently doesn't have an office and I need a place to work out of, so they graciously allow me to borrow their corner space on the second floor restaurant. And at times treat me to coffee! Grateful for people who are kind without asking for anything in return.” — Claudia B.
“Driving an SUV when it rains 🌊” — @mariorestrepo1611
“Grateful for the individuals and organizations that invest so much of their times and resources to make Miami a better place 💛” — @vkocfl
“Thankful for our community and the support they have shown us 🐱” — @thecatsmeowcafemia
“No hurricanes this year. 🙌” — @rloyda166
Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to write out why they are thankful to be Magic City citizens — we appreciate you. 💛
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🇫🇷 Celebrate the life of influential artist and activist Josephine Baker with Alliance Française Miami Metro (Online)
🤘 Rock out with your neighbors and enjoy free live music during The Doral Yard's multi-day YardFest Thanksgiving bash — taking place Wednesday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 28 (Doral)
💻 Connect with Miami Tech at Freehold during a Thanksgiving Eve gathering complete with complimentary wine, beer, signature cocktails, and pizza (Wynwood)
😂 Have a laugh with comedian Brittany Brave during The Lincoln Eatery's latest stand-up comedy showcase (Miami Beach)
💃 Dance like it's 1989 during Sweat Records' annual '80s Prom featuring live performances by The State Of, Ordinary Boys, and much more (Wynwood)
💿 Score some musical deals that'll sound sweet on your ears and wallet during Sweat Records'RSD Black Friday and Small Business Saturday celebrations (Little Haiti)
🌮 Give a gift, get a free taco during The Lincoln Eatery's Toys for Tacos event benefiting Toys for Tots (Miami Beach)
🍻 Indulge in great brews, live music, and good vibes at Veza Sur's annual #HechaEnMiami fiesta (Wynwood)
⚡️ Lace up and dance the night away during the North Beach Bandshell's Beach Skate featuring a DJ set by the godfather of electro music, Arthur Baker (North Beach)
🎸 Listen to sweet sounds by singer-songwriter DeBlois Milledge during a concert at Tropical Audubon Society (South Miami)
📸 Dust off your vinyl records for an open spin with Vinyl Social Club and bring in photos for a hands-on projection workshop during the Reframed: Miami Art Week Kick-off (Opa-locka)
🎥 Join Locust Projects and Miami-based artist Antonia Wright to watch the creative's new video work, "And so with ends comes beginnings," from a floating screen display at UNTITLED ART FAIR (Miami Beach)
💕 Learn tips on self-care during Miami Dade College's Good Health & Well-Being Virtual Symposium (Online)
👋 That’s all for today
Thanks as always for reading all the way to the end.
See you back here tomorrow with some locally-sourced gift suggestions for the holidays.
— Zach at The New Tropic
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