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Plus, the City of Miami stages a concert for Cuba and ways to give back today.
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🌊 Florida feels choppy waters amid yet another cruise lawsuit

Plus, the City of Miami stages a concert for Cuba and ways to give back today.

By Zach Schlein

It’s Thursday.

And it also happens to be National Give Something Away Day. How can you celebrate? By giving to folks in need — whether that be through direct civic action, donation, or being generous with your time. Hit reply to this email and let us know which local charitable organizations deserve a shoutout and some time in the spotlight. 

Now for today’s news...

💧 What Miami is talking about

Go ahead, try to find a more Miami photo — we’ll wait. 😎 | Want to see your own picture in this space? Tag either #thenewtropic or @thenewtropic to be featured in our Instagram of the Day.  (📸: @pangeakalivirga)  

✔️A Miami-Dade judge has approved the sale of the property where Champlain Towers South formerly stood. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman directed Michael Goldberg — the court-appointed attorney handling the condo’s finances — to promptly facilitate the sale and distribute the funds among those affected by the tragedy. According to estimates, the property is valued at $100 million to $110 million. (NPR)

🕯️Local 10 reporter Michelle Solomon is sharing the stories of known victims from the disaster in Surfside. You can learn their names and honor their lives by learning more at the following link. (Local 10)

🇨🇺 The City of Miami hosted a mini-concert yesterday spotlighting Cuban American artists as a show of support with protestors currently demonstrating in Cuba. It was one of several events that took place yesterday, including a rally at Cafe Versailles — which has become a focal point of local demonstrations — in Little Havana. (NBC 6 South Florida)

🛳️ Norwegian Cruise Line has filed a new lawsuit challenging Florida’s policies around COVID-19 vaccination and private businesses. The company’s lawsuit names Florida’s surgeon general, Dr. Scott Rivkees, as a defendant and argues the regulations — or lack thereof, since entities can't require proof of vaccination — put people’s lives at risk in addition to violating existing state and federal laws. Christina Pushaw, the press secretary for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office, shared a statement noting the state already prevailed in a lawsuit over pandemic-related restrictions for cruises. “Florida already fought and won its case so that Norwegian and all other cruise lines can invite and serve all Americans on its vessels,” she said. “But apparently Norwegian prefers the shackles of the CDC to the freedom offered by Florida.” (AP News)

🗓 Throwback Thursday: North Miami and Biscayne Country

The New Tropic is teaming up with HistoryMiami Museum to explore the 305’s past on #ThrowbackThursdays. (📸: @thenewtropic)

Welcome to the latest edition of #ThrowbackThursday, The New Tropic’s weekly spotlight on the people, places, and phenomena of Miami’s past.

Today, our friends at the HistoryMiami Museum are continuing this month’s celebration of Miami’s 125th birthday by turning the clock back a century — as you’ll see, the roads were a lot less hectic back then...

NE 125th Street in what’s now North Miami looking east to the ocean. (📸: Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami Museum circa 1920)

It’s hard to imagine it now, but Miami wasn’t always the bustling cultural hub it is today. As a matter of fact, its transformation only happened relatively recently; look no further than the photograph above for evidence. The image shows two unidentified children standing on a freshly paved road which is known today as NE 125th Street in North Miami, near the old East Dixie Highway. Even at the beginning of the 20th century, Greater Miami still had a ways to go in moving away from its frontier settlement roots to the thriving, world-renowned metropolis it is now.

The old East Dixie Highway ran parallel to the Florida East Coast Railway and helped to fuel the emergent development of the area. The preceding photo’s unpaved road, simple wood-frame houses, and Australian pine trees capture what life was like in Greater Miami during the 1920s. This era was also when a real estate boom was transforming small farming communities into residential subdivisions, towns, and yes, cities.

The pictured area and other sections of the future City of North Miami were initially known as the Town of Miami Shores, which was incorporated in 1926. Later, the Town of Miami Shores was renamed North Miami in 1931, while the settlement lying one mile south was incorporated as the Village of Miami Shores. These two settlements share a similar history, since prior to the 1920s, they were part of a region of scattered farming communities sometimes known as “Biscayne Country.” It doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as nicely as the 305 or the Magic City, but it’s a substantial part of Miami’s rich history.

Can’t wait until next week to learn more Miami history? Be sure to follow HistoryMiami Museum on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can plan your own visit and learn more about its array of exhibits and programming at historymiami.org.

Today

🎭 Enjoy a comic chamber “coming-of-age” opera during this riveting performance of "Albert Herring" by Benjamin Britten(Faena Forum)

👂 Soak up Sohn Jamal's sonic selections at Over Under (Downtown)

Tomorrow

👸 Watch a classic story come to life during this whimsical, romantic interpretation of Cinderella (Faena Forum)

🙌 Celebrate the return of one of Miami's best parties, Extra Credit, with the 305's own Patrick Walsh and Laura of Miami plus visiting DJ-producer Baltra (Downtown)

Saturday

💃 Watch a multi-generational testament to the power of dance during “Generations of Genius,” a program by dynamic resident ballet troupe Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami — taking place Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18 (Cutler Bay)

🎶 Get lost in Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden during Mango Music Weekend(Coral Gables)

😂 Join Fantasy Theatre Factory for a laugh-filled live performances at Pride Park in South Beach on Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18 (Miami Beach)

🌴 Learn about mango propagation With Lara Farms Nursery (Coral Gables)

🎭 Enjoy a comic chamber “coming-of-age” opera during this riveting performance of "Albert Herring" by Benjamin Britten (Faena Forum)

😮 Prepare to throw down as the titanic double-billing of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Eric Duncan take over DJing duties at Floyd (Downtown)

💿 See what Sweat Records has to offer during Record Store Day Drop #2 complete with complimentary coffee from Le Jardin, beer from Dogfish Head, tunes from DJ Le Spam, and much more (Little Haiti)

👍 Thumb through Technique Records' treasure trove of musical selections and enjoy refreshments from Gramps, Liquid Death Mountain Water, and Veza Sur along with other local treats during Record Store Day Drop #2 (Upper East Side)

Sunday

🌈 Enjoy some GirlTime with local LGBTQ+ women at Sherwood's Bistro(Little River)

👸 Watch a classic story come to life during this whimsical, romantic interpretation of Cinderella (Faena Forum)

🌶 Taste the best of what downtown institutions like Over Under, Lost Boys, and Melinda's have to offer as they square off in a chili cook-off competition — all proceeds benefit the All Day Foundation (Downtown)

Wednesday

👀 Immerse yourself in art during the opening night of the exhibit “Where there is power" and check out local artists' studios and creative practices during Oolite Arts' quarterly Resident Night (Miami Beach)

👋 That’s all for today

See you back here tomorrow with the last newsletter of the week.

Cheers,

Zach at The New Tropic

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