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🌧 Florida’s Gulf Coast braces for Tropical Storm Elsa

Plus, the latest on search and recovery efforts in Surfside.

By Zach Schlein

It’s Wednesday, Miami.

Hope everyone enjoyed their three-day weekend and didn’t miss the newsletter too bad yesterday or Monday — even daily emails bringing you the latest Miami developments need to take breaks too. 🙏

But The New Tropic is officially back, along with your regularly scheduled roundup of what’s happening around town. Read on for more...

💧 What Miami is talking about 

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By the time you read this, the weather forecast will probably have already changed a dozen times. That’s what happens in Sunshine State summers, and when you add a tropical storm or hurricane into the mix, it gets even wetter around here. 

So, we’re leaving it up to the experts to tell you what’s going on with Tropical Storm Elsa. They’ve got more people working on their teams to keep you informed than this one-person machine possibly can, but the least I can do is round up the important stuff for your perusal:

🚨 Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued a state of emergency for several Florida counties.

🌪 As of writing, Tropical Storm Elsa is projected to reach hurricane strength as it makes landfall in the Sunshine State. According to The Weather Channel, Florida’s Gulf Coast is anticipated to be hit the hardest as the storm winds its way through the state today; locally, we can expect some bands of heavy rain and wind.

☎️ The state’s price gouging hotline has been activated ahead of the storm. You can either report gouging by using the state attorney’s NO SCAM app, visiting, or calling 1-866-9NO-SCAM.

📦 You probably should’ve had your disaster supply kit filled already, but this list by the Florida Division of Emergency Management is still good for safekeeping when the next one arrives. (It’s predicted to be a busy hurricane season.) 

🌳 If this isn’t your first Florida storm rodeo, you’re probably familiar with the sight of fallen trees lining the streets. I did a quick search for local tree trimming services on Yelp, and there’s plenty to pick from. 

Hopefully this helps — stay safe out there.

In other news...

⛑️ The non-collapsed portion of Champlain Towers South was demolished over the weekend in order to preempt possible damage by Tropical Storm Elsa. Although Miami seems to have been spared the brunt of the storm, the scene at the disaster site has not become any brighter: As of writing, the death toll stands at 32 with 113 people still unaccounted for. Search and rescue efforts remain ongoing. (NBC Miami / Local 10

💚 Wellspring Counseling is providing free counseling to anyone who’s been affected by the tragedy in Surfside. One of the Miami therapy center’s trauma counselors, Angela Gonzalez, lived in Champlain Towers South and is currently hospitalized. More information about the services provided is available at 786-573-7010 and the following links. ➡️ (Wellspring Counseling / Miami Herald)

🛳 The legal dispute between Florida and the federal government over pandemic-related restrictions for cruises may not be over just yet. Yesterday, attorneys with the Department of Justice filed an appeal with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disputing a lower-court ruling that sided with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody. The originating lawsuit, which was filed by the State of Florida in April, challenged the Centers for Disease Control’s no sail order which shut the cruise industry down over the COVID-19 outbreak. (WKMG)

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🍕 Join Miami’s brightest entrepreneurs for pizza and happy hour at The Freehold(Wynwood)

🌪 Prepare for hurricane season with the help of the Miami Climate Alliance along with experts from FIU, the Florida Immigrant Coalition, and the Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center (Online)


💃 Freak out on the dance floor as one of Miami's finest sonic selectors, Bort, is joined on the decks by DJ Swisha and Kush Jones (Downtown)

🎶 Get serenaded by Afrobeta under a majestic candlelit tiki hut at Palapa Miami (Upper Buenavista)

🛍️ Shop at Segunda Mano, a sustainable pop-up market and fashion show featuring thrifted threads from Lotus House Thrift Chic Boutique (Design District)

🙏 Find comfort in community with Console the Soul: Prayers for Surfside, an interfaith musical gathering (Temple Emanu-El in Miami Beach)


🇦🇷 Commemorate Argentina Independence Day with a tribute to the art of tango and musician Astor Piazzolla (Miami Beach / Online)


💪 Check out "Boys Will Be Boys," an emotionally charged evening of dance dissecting the effects of toxic masculinity on American boyhood — viewer discretion advised (Liberty City)

🎨 Join Locust Projects for a workshop on finding empowerment through poetry facilitated by Arsimmer McCoy (Miami Design District)

Wednesday, July 14

🌞 Attend Florida Solar 101 Webinar and learn more about renewable energy from the Miami-Dade Solar Co-op (Online)

☝️ One more thing…

Today is National Dive Bar Day — besides raising a drink to your favorite haunts (I count The Corner, Las Rosas, and Gramps among mine… assuming any bar in Wynwood can even be considered a dive anymore 😜) consider celebrating by cozying up to this definitive oral history of Miami Beach's legendary Mac’s Club Deuce.


Zach at The New Tropic

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