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Tonight we’re honoring the 2021 MDC Alumni Hall of Fame inductees! Hear about & celebrate their work on the frontlines during the pandemic.

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🕑 The Clevelander beats back Miami Beach’s 2 a.m. booze ban

Plus, who cares if people are obsessed with croquetas and Pub Subs?

By Zach Schlein

Welcome to Wednesday, Miami.

Exactly one week ago, The New Tropic addressed the rash of gun violence that broke out during Memorial Day weekend. Several days and multiple shootings later, it’s become clear that this is not just a passing holiday weekend trend, and there are deeper, more systemic problems at play.

So far this week, the county has launched a 12-week initiative called Operation Summer Heat and approved a multi-million dollar Peace and Prosperity Plan aimed at addressing the recent violence as well as its root causes.

Only time will tell how these programs will play out, but until then, consider this an earnest request to stay safe and continue looking out for one another.

Now for the news...

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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)

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🏆 2021 MDC Alumni Hall of Fame: Jessica Gutierrez

Jessica Gutierrez-Castillo was looking for ways to help her neighbors during the pandemic.

She co-founded Buddy System MIA as a way to combat food insecurity. The 1,000+ volunteers began by running errands like grocery shopping and picking up medicine. They also have 10 community fridges around Miami.

“We didn't know what the next few weeks or even months were going to look like, but I wanted peace, unity and community to be on the forefront,” she said.

Because of her work, she was selected as a 2021 MDC Alumni Hall of Fame: Heroes Edition recipient. Celebrate Jessica and the other honorees tonight at 6:45 by watching a livestream.

Watch Jessica’s story on The New Tropic’s Facebook

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When you book a stay at a Beach Bungalow at Plunge Beach Resort, you get homestyle amenities like a kitchenette complete with a built-in microwave, cooktop, fridge, sink, and dining table. Plus, there are perks like beach chairs and towels, two pools, a sand volleyball court, and complimentary beach cruisers for exploring Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Enter here for your chance to make yourself at home for two nights at this sightly beach getaway — good luck!

Today

🌇 Learn how Miami-Dade County's Climate Action Strategy will affect "Buildings & Energy" and provide feedback for a sustainable future (Online)

Tomorrow

🎧 Tune in to Beatport's YouTube channel at 1 p.m. EST to catch some of Miami's best DJs — including Ashley Venom, Danny Daze, Jubilee, and Ultrathem — spinning live from Space Park (Online)

✍️ Try your hand at artistic expression during this four-week course on charcoal drawing presented by Oolite Arts (South Beach)

😂 Laugh along with comedians Dean Napolitano and Kyle Grooms (Pinecrest)

🎨 Check out the opening of three new Locust Projects art exhibitions by Tal Amitai-Lavi and Tal Frank, Miami-based artist Juan Ledesma, and recent MFA graduate Victoria Ravelo(Miami Design District )

🌈 Support True Colors United while having some fun during Drag Queen Bingo (Online)

Friday

💃 Show up early to Floyd and snag tickets at the door to see Miami favorites Nick León and Jonny From Space go b2b on the decks followed by Nicolá Cruz (Downtown)

🎷 Welcome the Brian Tate Quartet back to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for a lovely evening of classic jazz under the stars (Coral Gables)

🗓 Don't miss the deadline to apply to Locust Art Builders, a unique summer art intensive experience for Miami teens presented by Locust Projects (Online)

Saturday

🌱 Shop at Tropical Audubon Society's Native Plant Sale and turn your yard or patio into a haven for birds, bees, and butterflies (South Miami)

💿 Sip some free Kimberly's Frozen Lemonade and get exclusive Record Store Day drops at Sweat Records (Little Haiti)

🌈Enjoy some Divine riverside fun with Laura of Miami and Mystic Bill during the Pride Month edition of Mr. Pinky's, your new favorite LGBTQ+ pre-party — no cover (Upper East Side)

👍 Thumb through Technique Records' treasure trove of musical selections and enjoy refreshments from Gramps, Le Jardin, Liquid Death Mountain Water, and more during Record Store Day — appointments are mandatory, book yours online today (Upper East Side)

🎶 Spend your morning learning about percussion instruments with HistoryMiami Museum (Online)

💕 Swoon at Dia dos Namorados at the Yard and sip on caipirinhas with live music by Diogo Brown & The Brazilian Samba Jazz Experience (Doral)

Sunday

🎽 Get fit during Pride at Brickell City Centre with Tony Thomas Sports (Brickell)

❤️Join local LGBTQ+ women at Sherwoods Bistro for a Healing Sound Bath followed by dinner, drinks, and dancing(Little River)

Wednesday, June 16

👋 Meet someone new IRL and help raise money for The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth during Singles' Social: LGBTQ+ Speed Dating at Time Out Market — must be 21 or older to participate (Miami Beach)

🚰 Spend Wednesday night getting acquainted with how "Water and Waste" fit into Miami-Dade County’s Climate Action Strategy (Online)

📚 Celebrate the joy of reading and be whisked away on a literary adventure with HistoryMiami Museum (Online)

☝️ One more thing… 

Apparently, at least one poster on the r/Miami subreddit has beef with the online community’s glut of Pub Sub and croqueta content.

Without wading too deeply into this particular discourse, a thought: While The New Tropic isn’t prepared to call a grocery store chain known for delicious sandwiches and being tied to disconcerting headlines the absolute pinnacle of culture… there are places of the world out there with much less to call their own. If people want to associate Miami with fried morsels of deliciousness and chicken tender subs, you won’t hear any full-throated objections from this newsletter; we know what’s good, Miami knows what’s good, and there are much bigger, more meaningful battles to be fought anyway. ✊

See you tomorrow, croqueta and/or Pub Sub possibly in hand,

Zach at The New Tropic

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