Plus, possible changes in federal policy toward Cuba and a reminder that the rent is too damn high.
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Plus, possible changes in federal policy toward Cuba and a reminder that the rent is too damn high.

By Zach Schlein

It’s Wednesday.

And we’ve got a whole lot for you today, from the most recent headlines to a roundup of ways to help keep Miami-Dade’s natural wonders looking pretty and pristine.

Don’t believe us? Read on and see for yourself...

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🏥 Jackson Memorial Hospital has amended its visitation policy in light of surging COVID-19 case numbers. Effective as of 7 a.m. today, the number of visitors allowed in hospital emergency departments and patient rooms will be limited to try to reduce spread of the no-longer-so-novel coronavirus. 

Per a Local 10 article detailing the revised guidelines, “Outpatient guests will be required to stay in the waiting room or lobby and only one ‘healthy’ guest will be permitted.” The story adds input from experts like Florida International University infectious disease expert Dr. Aileen Marty; according to her, South Florida is in for tough days ahead amid lagging vaccination rates and the absence of enforceable public health measures. 

“As cases go up, people start to use their public health measures, that halts the spread and then they see ‘Oh, things are going down’ — their behavior changes again and that brings another upswing,” she said. Last week, Miami-Dade reported more than 7,000 new infections, the largest caseload increase documented in months. 

In other news…

🇨🇺 The Biden administration is reportedly re-examining federal policy concerning Cuba. The internal review follows recent demonstrations against the Cuban government in Miami, Washington D.C., and the island itself. According to an unnamed White House official who spoke with the Miami Herald, changes are being considered with regards to staffing at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, the ability for Americans to send remittances to loved ones still in Cuba, and facilitating internet access on the island. (Miami Herald

✍️ Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new law allocating $400 million for environmental conservation funds on Monday. The Florida Wildlife Corridor Act seeks to create a corridor of public and private spaces across the state where critical landscapes and wildlife can flourish. It’s worth noting that the bill was passed with rare bipartisan support in the state legislature earlier this year. (WPTV)

💰 A new report has found that it’s impossible for anyone making minimum wage to afford a two-bedroom apartment at fair market prices in Florida. Unfortunately, this grim reality is true for every state in the country; the chasm between wages and housing prices just happens to be particularly wide in the Sunshine State. 👎 Per the 2021 Out of Reach report shared by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Floridians need to make $24.82 an hour — or if you prefer, $51,619 annually — in order to afford a two-bedroom place without having to stress about addressing other living needs. Some system we’ve got here, huh? (WSVN / Orlando Sentinel)

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🌎 Keeping Miami-Dade clean, one cleanup at a time

Biscayne Bay looks pretty nice, doesn’t it? Luckily, there are ways you can help preserve its pristineness. (📸: @thenewtropic)

As we approach the one-year anniversary of last year’s fish kill in Biscayne Bay and navigate a summer with record-breaking heat, the urgency of addressing climate change has never been more apparent. Daunting problems require creative solutions, which is why Oolite Arts invited Miami filmmakers to produce PSAs on how locals can do their part to preserve one of the 305’s most loved natural wonders.

You can watch the results for yourself next week during Save the Bay. The online broadcast will see Oolite Arts spotlight shorts by Helen Peña, Alexa Caravia, Milly Cohen, Shireen Rahimi, Jayme Gershen, and others imagining a better way of caring for Biscayne Bay moving forward. You can tune in to the stream via YouTube Live on Wednesday, July 28 at 7 p.m.

In honor of Save the Bay, The New Tropic has teamed up with Oolite Arts to spotlight the people and initiatives leading the charge on environmental issues here in Miami. Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing stories detailing what’s being done to keep Biscayne Bay — and the 305 at large — vibrant and healthy for the long haul.

Today, we’re highlighting one of the easiest ways you can contribute to keeping Miami-Dade clean: beach cleanups! Read on for a list of places and groups inviting folks to get their hands dirty for all the right reasons...

🏖 Virginia Key Outdoor Center 

  • Virginia Key is one of the most scenic places in all of Miami, and you have an opportunity to help keep it that way. Volunteers are invited once a month to meet at the Virginia Key Outdoor Center for a coastal cleanup and hike to North Point Beach. These sessions happen on the first Saturday of every month and you can RSVP in advance right here. As a bonus, the center provides a gear rental credit for every hour spent volunteering.

🏄 Surfrider Foundation

💻 VolunteerCleanup.Org 

Want to learn about more groups and orgs you can get involved with? Be sure to check out the full list on The New Tropic’s website.


👀 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)

🍹 Mix it up with Miami entrepreneurs and investors at the Freehold over pizza and cocktails(Wynwood)


🔊 Plunge into psychedelic electronic sounds with Red Axes (Downtown)

💿 Soundtrack your night with tunes from Miami selectors Taimur and Ennio Skoto along with visiting DJ and producer Bruno Schmidt (Downtown)

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🏳️‍ Come and get inspired by stories of failure at F**kup Nights Miami Vol. V (Miami Beach)

🌍 Embark on a cinematic journey to Wakanda during a screening of Marvel's "Black Panther" (Miramar)

🎶 Enjoy global rhythms with DJs Toribo and House of Pris as they celebrate the return of Mickey Pérez's Bebop Porú party to Miami (Downtown)


🌴 Feast on mango-inspired brunch plates from some of South Florida’s most loved local restaurants (Coral Gables)

🍹 Celebrating National Tequila Day with "Good Vibes & Tequila," an event featuring drink specials with Cincoro Tequila, sounds by DJ Spiff, a photo booth, pool deck, and much more(South Beach)

🎥 Get a taste of Miami Film Festival with The Shorts of Jose Navas at Tower Theater (Little Havana)

🤖 Bring the kids or re-discover the kid in you at the Miramar Comix Expo (Miramar)

😀 Join AC Hotel Sawgrass Mills for the launch of its free monthly rooftop full moon yoga & meditation event series(Sunrise)


✅ Get your applications in for the Global Shapers Miami Pitch competition (Downtown)

🐶 Sip on free Starbucks for you and your pup at MiamiCentral(Downtown Miami)

💃 Get lost on the dance floor with Mano Le Tough (Downtown)

☝️ One more thing… 

Congratulations to Miami New Times staff writer Alexi C. Cardona for netting first place in the Newspaper Hard News Story category of this year’s Clarion Awards. As detailed in the alt-weekly’s announcement, she was recognized with the honor “for her March 2020 story about Norwegian Cruise Line's efforts to have its sales personnel lie to customers about COVID-19 in an effort to protect the company's bookings.” 

What’s that old journalistic adage? “Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” Congratulations to Cardona — you can learn more about this sterling example of journalism done right and the story’s impact over here at the link.

See you tomorrow,

Zach at The New Tropic

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