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🕑 The Clevelander Hotel notched a win in its legal battle with the City of Miami Beach earlier this week. Back in May, the South Beach institution filed suit against the city for rolling back its last call for alcohol sales from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Beatrice Butchko issued an order on Monday finding that the new rule was arbitrary, calling it “a violation of local ordinances,” and therefore unlawful.
The dispute originates from Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber and the city commission’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 as well as combat the spate of disruptive partying that consumed the city in recent months. Kendall Coffey, the Clevelander’s attorney, told the Miami Herald that the 2 a.m. policy won’t officially be scrapped until he drafts an order that’ll have to be reviewed by the city and ultimately approved by the judge. However, it may not be over just yet, as Gelber released a statement claiming that Miami Beach will be appealing the decision.
In other news...
➡️ The highest court of them all issued a ruling that could have severe consequences for South Florida’s immigrant communities. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday that immigrants living in the country under Temporary Protected Status — a designation that allows people to reside and work here if their home country is in a state of turmoil — cannot become permanent residents if they arrived here illegally. Several local immigration activists decried the ruling; Marleine Bastien, executive director of the Family Action Network Movement, called it “a big step backwards” that will have “a devastating impact on thousands of TPS recipients, especially Haitians.” (Miami New Times / WLRN)
♻️ Miami-Dade County’s Office of Resilience is inviting residents to weigh in on its Climate Action Strategy. The plan calls for halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The county is partnering with the CLEO Institute to host a series of virtual workshops every Wednesday in June to educate Miamians about the plan and gather feedback. The first, “Buildings and Energy,” takes place tonight at 6 p.m.; you can learn more about this month’s itinerary by visiting the Climate Action Strategy webpage under the “Get Involved” tab, signing up for the Office of Resilience newsletter, and keeping an eye on The New Tropic’s event calendar. 😉 (Miami-Dade County Office of Resilience)
🛳 Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that it’ll resume sailings from Florida in August. The Miami-based company is planning voyages that will depart from PortMiami and Port Canaveral. Guests will reportedly still need to display proof of COVID-19 vaccination despite state legislation prohibiting the practice. Norwegian’s CEO, Frank Del Rio, says the cruise line is having active conversations with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his legal staff about how to best move forward. (CBS Miami)
📉 ICYMI, Florida is no longer publishing daily reports on COVID-19 deaths, infections, and vaccinations. The latest numbers will instead be shared every Friday on a weekly basis. According to The Palm Beach Post, the policy marks the Sunshine State as an outlier among the most populous states in the U.S., making it “possibly the only one in the country” to not share new information every day. Although the response to the policy change was mixed, Dr. Mary Jo Trepka — the chair of FIU’s epidemiology department — said the move made sense assuming case numbers remain low and no variants of concern emerge. (The Palm Beach Post)