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➡️ Efforts in Surfside transition from rescue to recovery

Plus, an outdoor favorite is getting even bigger and the latest #TBT.

By Zach Schlein

It’s Thursday.

Thankfully, Miami was spared from the worst of what Tropical Storm Elsa had to offer yesterday. The storm brought with it heavy winds and flooding to west-central Florida yesterday, leaving more than 25,000 Floridians without power. Fortunately, Elsa weakened as it made its way up the state toward Georgia and the Carolinas.

We’ll be keeping our eyes on how Elsa shakes out — in the meantime, here’s what else is happening in Miami...

💧 What Miami is talking about

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➡️ Two weeks have passed since the collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside. As of writing, the death toll has risen to 54 with 86 people unaccounted for. It was announced late Wednesday that all further work at the site would focus on recovery rather than rescue efforts. Per The New York Times, “'Just based on the facts, there’s zero chance of survival,' Assistant Chief Ray Jadallah of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue told families of the missing in a private briefing." During a press conference, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said "The decision to transition from rescue to recovery is an extremely difficult one." (Yahoo News / The New York Times / Miami Herald via Instagram)

⛑️ Meanwhile, help has been pouring in to aid those affected as well as workers navigating the scene. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue has brought in Crisis Response Therapy Dogs to provide comfort to first responders navigating the rubble, while folks like Zushie Litkowski, Svia Bension, and Efraim Stefansky are among the locals organizing fundraising efforts for families impacted by the tragedy. As of writing, the Surfside Tragedy Central Emergency Fund has raised nearly $1.5 million of its $5 million goal — contributions can be made at the following link. ➡️ (Surfside Tragedy Central Emergency Fund / Local 10

🏢 WLRN reporter Danny Rivero spoke to Slate for a must-read interview about the conditions that led up to the collapse as well as its ripple effects. “I can’t overstate how big this wrench that this is throwing into our local and regional and state economy, actually. Condos and the development of condos and the mortgage brokers that help get the financing, the insurers that insure, the realtors who sell, the investors who buy and flip — if Florida has one main driver of industry, this is it,” Rivero said. “This is going to force a wholesale reevaluation of the very places where millions of Floridians live.” (Slate)  

📰 South Florida’s Haitian community spent yesterday reckoning with the news that the Caribbean country’s president, Jovenel Moïse, was assassinated during an attack on his home. Moïse’s murder is the latest incident in a wave of unrest that’s upended civic and political life in Haiti. As noted by the Sun Sentinel, South Florida “has the largest concentration of Haitians and Haitian-Americans in the United States.” (Local 10 / South Florida Sun Sentinel)

🍻 The Doral Yard is expanding its outdoor offerings. The food hall, live event venue, and community hub will be opening up its 15,000-square-foot expansion, The Backyard, over the summer. Although the Downtown Doral spot will remain open, some planned calendar offerings such as fitness classes will be put on pause. You can keep up to date on The Backyard’s progress by signing up for The Doral Yard’s newsletter, visiting its Instagram page, and checking out the following Miami Herald story. 👀 (Miami Herald)

📝 Miami-Dade commissioners are mulling over an array of regulatory changes in the wake of the Surfside disaster. The list of legislative proposals being considered includes forming a government fund reserved for condo repairs, more stringent rules on building inspections, and further studies of the effects of sea-level rise on oceanfront buildings. (Miami Herald)

🗓 Throwback Thursday: Miami’s first newspaper

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, the HistoryMiami Museum is continuing its celebrations around the Magic City’s 125th birthday — which include the forthcoming exhibition It's a Miami Thing: Highlights from Our Collection and the return of in-person city tours — with a flip through the 305’s original paper of record...

The early home of the Miami Metropolis. (📸: HistoryMiami Museum Archives)

Last week we looked at the second floor of The Lobby Pool and Billiard Parlor, the place where it all started for the City of Miami’s incorporation. Today, we’re learning about The Miami Metropolis, the 305’s very first newspaper.

The Miami Metropolis released its first edition on May 15, 1896, before the city was even properly incorporated. The weekly paper — which was based in a one-story building where South Miami meets the Miami River today — ran until 1908 with Walter S. Graham as its first editor.

The paper described itself in its debut issue as “The most southern newspaper on the mainland of the United States, published at the most southern railroad point in Uncle Sam's domain, and at the most southern telegraph terminal and express office on the mainland at Marvelous Miami, the town with over a thousand souls and the survey of the place not yet completed.“

After coming under new management in 1903, the paper moved directly across Flagler Street from where the new county courthouse was being built and became a daily periodical. In 1923, the paper changed its name to The Miami Daily News-Metropolis, with Metropolis in much smaller type. (Metropolis was later dropped, as was the word Daily.) Because the owners had ambitions of growing the newspaper, construction began on The Miami News Tower, an edifice which would one day become one of the city’s most recognized landmarks — you may know it today as the Freedom Tower. The newspaper ceased publication on December 31, 1988, due to declining circulation.

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

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Dara Friedman’s new digital commission, The Crowing (2021), explores the ancient and ever-renewed form of the spiral through moving images, layering, color, and sound.

Dara’s digital work premiered as the final part of ICA Miami’s Digital Commissions series, which expands the museum’s commitment to fostering artistic experimentation and commissioning new works, as well as engaging audiences with innovative artistic voices.

With a background in structural film and dance, her cinema calls for radical reduction of the medium to its most essential material properties. You’ll see that in this commission, which she captured on 35 mm film.

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💃 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)


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

☝️ One more thing… 

If today’s newsletter left you craving more local goodness, be sure to visit The New Tropic’s Instagram page for yesterday’s IG Live interview with Dara Friedman, one of the artists featured in ICA Miami’s new digital commissions series. And while you’re at it, be sure to visit the ICA’s own social media accounts and YouTube channel for the latest on local innovative art.

Take care,

Zach at The New Tropic

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