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Plus, how the federal infrastructure bill will affect Florida.
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🏈 Miami’s feeling the college football blues

Plus, how the federal infrastructure bill will affect Florida.

By Zach Schlein

Welcome to Tuesday.

If you will it, the weather will follow — after last Friday’s heartfelt plea to the powers that be for a cold front, yesterday was as idyllic as chilly Miami afternoons can get.

However, don’t get too comfortable just yet — we may be feeling temps rise into the 80s again as soon as Wednesday along with a possible spate of showers. Ya hate to see it, folks!

But until then, here’s the latest on 305 headlines today… 

💧 What Miami is talking about

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Miami couldn’t stop talking about Sunday’s beautiful skies. 🌇 | Want to see your own picture in this space? Tag either #thenewtropic or @thenewtropic to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @hughdeaner)

💰 Wondering where money from the newly signed infrastructure bill will be spent in Florida? The plan is to invest a large share of the funds — approximately $13 billion — into the state’s roadways. There are also plans to bolster Florida’s water infrastructure, internet access, and charging mechanisms for electric vehicles. (WLRN)

🗣 Several demonstrations displaying solidarity with Cuban dissidents took place across Miami yesterday. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis stopped by the city for one such rally and announced tentative plans to spend $25 million on refurbishing the Freedom Tower in downtown. (CBS Miami / Miami Herald)

➡️ The Florida Legislature is currently in Tallahassee crafting proposals to curb COVID-19 mandates. The special session convened by DeSantis has been lambasted as a blatantly partisan move by Democratic lawmakers. As detailed by the Associated Press, measures being considered by legislators include “proposals to let workers opt out of COVID-19 vaccine mandates and allow parents to sue schools with masking requirements.” (NBC 6 South Florida

🏈 Miami has seen brighter college football days: In addition to UM’s loss against FSU on Saturday, FIU’s football coach will reportedly not be returning next year. Butch Davis said that this year marks his final season with the Panthers and claimed that the college is “sabotaging the [football] program." (Miami New Times / ESPN)

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🎨 Wynwood wasn’t built in a day

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Wynwood BID had a large part to play in building its titular neighborhood up over the last decade. (📸: Courtesy photo)

💜 Wynwood didn’t become the beating heart of Miami’s art scene overnight. Its evolution into an open-air celebration of creativity was spurred largely by the Wynwood Business Improvement District (otherwise known as Wynwood BID, or more simply, the BID). 

Wynwood was a very different place in both looks and reputation before the BID channeled its efforts into elevating the area. Until relatively recently, the 50-block neighborhood was not a place for nightlife or commerce, defined more by its warehouses, concrete, and dilapidated structures than it was opportunities to engage with local culture.

Ten years later, the once-desolate neighborhood has blossomed into one of the hottest places to visit in Miami, in a large part thanks to the BID. The world has taken notice: TripAdvisor named Wynwood a Top Hipster Destination, and, in fact, it won the 2021 Traveler’s Choice award; likewise, Culture Trip wrote that “Tourists come in droves for the technicolor murals and bustling businesses that comprise Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood”; and Time Out stated that “…Wynwood dethroned South Beach as Miami’s top tourist destination.”

All of the above might be old news for locals who’ve watched Wynwood level up over the last decade-plus. So why does it bear repeating? Because the BID is coming up for a second contract to oversee Wynwood’s development for another decade, and the public ought to know how it works.

Be sure to read the full story and learn more about Wynwood BID’s contributions to the neighborhood on The New Tropic website.

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This Saturday, Roberto Carlos Lange – also known as Helado Negro – will grace the stage at the Bandshell with his enchanting tunes.

Giveaway ends Thursday at noon!

Today

🗑️ Be part of the solution by volunteering during the latest Trashy Tuesday sunset cleanup (Downtown)

Tomorrow

💪 Take part in the Third Annual Pitch Competition by Ladies Empowerment and Action Program (LEAP), a Miami-based nonprofit empowering current and formerly incarcerated women through entrepreneurial classes and workforce readiness workshops (Online)

🌊 Learn about the “Impact of Sea Level Rise on Historic Places” with University of Miami professor and geology department chair Dr. Harold Wanless (Online)

🚴 Ride your bike on a Friendsgiving-themed route that starts at the Coconut Grove Playhouse (Coconut Grove)

Thursday

🎶 Groove to R'n'B tunes and give to good causes during this celebration by the OLCDC (Opa-locka)

🏎️Enjoy a VIP Supercar Show, auction, and cocktail reception during the Together We CAN fundraiser benefitting the UF Health Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment (Wynwood)

🍳 Work up an appetite and watch Give Miami Day's Chefs Panel with Michelle Bernstein, Niven Patel and Tristen Epps (Online)

📸 Attend the opening of the photo exhibition "Female in Focus" at Green Space Miami (Little River)

Friday

📽 Watch "Critical Thinking," a Miami-made and John Leguizamo-directed film sharing the true story of Miami Jackson High School's winning chess team at Coral Gables Art Cinema (Coral Gables)

💃 Throw down with titans of techno as Richie Hawtin, ANNA, and Andres Line take over the decks at Space Park (Little Haiti)

Saturday

🛍️ Shop for holiday gifts from local Miami artisans at THesis's After Market (Coral Gables)

🎨 Explore nature through interactive art, dance, music, and storytelling classes duringFamily Day at The Underline(Brickell)

🦃 Share the joy of cooking with the next generation and learn how to make delicious Thanksgiving leftover dumplings with cranberry dipping sauce during Kids Club at The Doral Yard (Doral)

Sunday

🎁 Snag some holiday presents at Pop Up and Shop Up, The Lincoln Eatery's artisan market of local vendors(Miami Beach)

🛥️ Learn the real history of Biscayne Bay on a boat tour led by local historian Cesar Becerra and Bea Brickell, the great-granddaughter of Mary and William Brickell (Key Biscayne)

☝️ One more thing… 

💝 Yesterday, The New Tropic took to Instagram Live to chat with Code/Art and Clean Miami Beach. We learned more about their organizations, why they are excited to work with The Miami Foundation for this year’s Give Miami Day, and how we can help them give back to the community — you can get up to speed by clicking right here

Early donations for Give Miami Day are now open, so consider contributing today to these two orgs or any of the other 950+ great nonprofits participating this year.

Take care and see you back here tomorrow,

Zach at The New Tropic

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