Plus, an investigation into Miami corruption is being handled outside the 305 and how to help our neighbors in Fort Myers.

🏫 Meet the top three picks for for Miami-Dade’s new superintendent

Plus, an investigation into Miami corruption is being handled outside the 305 and how to help our neighbors in Fort Myers. 

By Zach Schlein

Welcome to Wednesday, Miami.

Hope everyone managed to keep warm amid the cool weather of the last few days. If you’re trying to plan more breezy outdoor outings, be aware that temperatures are expected to pick back up today, albeit only into the 70s. However, don’t expect clear skies from here on out: there is a chance of showers here and there heading into the weekend.

The weather isn’t all that Miami’s talking about today — let’s have a look at the headlines… 

💧 What Miami is talking about 


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⛑️ Southwest Florida is in recovery mode after being swept up in severe weather over the weekend. While Miami dealt with gray skies and heavy rainfall on Sunday, our neighbors in the Fort Myers and Lee County area were faced with devastating tornadoes that left dozens of homes flattened and thousands without power. You can read more about the damage as well as ways to help at the following links. 👉 (CNN / Naples Daily News / NBC2 News)

🚨 The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office has recused itself from investigating corruption claims against local elected officials. The Miami Herald reported yesterday that Miami-Dade State ​​Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle recused her office from investigating Miami Commissioners Joe Carollo, Alex Díaz de la Portilla, and Manolo Reyes over a conflict of interest. Per an email sent to the governor’s office, the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office “became aware that a substantial witness to potential wrongdoing ... is the brother of a Senior Attorney in our office whom the State Attorney relies upon regularly for wise counsel for her most sensitive legal matters.” The investigation is now being conducted by Broward prosecutors. The claims stem from a memo written by ousted police chief Art Acevedo last year accusing city commissioners of improperly interfering with police matters. (Miami Herald)

🏫 And then there were three: The Miami-Dade County Public School Board has trimmed down the list of candidates vying to replace outgoing Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. During a meeting yesterday, the school board named Dr. Jose Dotres, Dr. Rafaela Espinal, and Jacob Oliva as the top three picks among the dozen-plus candidates. According to Florida Politics, Dotres and Oliva are favorites for the position: “Dotres is an odds-on favorite because of his cross-county experience and administrative history with Miami-Dade Public Schools, while Oliva’s background in leading local and statewide education matters also places him atop the list.” Yesterday’s meeting also saw the school board also discuss ways of conducting the final interviews in a public forum. (Local 10 / Florida Politics)

😷 The number of Floridians hospitalized for COVID-19 is lowering in the wake of the surge caused by the highly infectious omicron variant. Over the weekend, Florida became the third state in the country to report more than 5 million known cases, trailing Texas and California. (NBC 6 South Florida / WSVN)

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🍿 Enjoy a new take on movie night and explore one of Miami's most famous homes after hours during the Vizcaya Late | Silver Screen event (Coconut Grove)

😂 Head to The Lincoln Eatery food hall for Laughs on Lincoln, a top-notch comedy show blending food, nightlife, and laughs (Miami Beach)

🗣️ Dissect a variety of tropes, clichés, themes, and stereotypes from Black Hollywood’s beginnings through the present during The Heritage Project’s latest panel (Downtown)


🎤 Get blown away by Miami powerhouse vocalist Yoli Mayor during a Soulful Evening at The Doral Yard (Doral)

💃 Freak out on the dance floor with French house legend Sébastien Léger at Space Park (Little Haiti)


🎨 Walk on the vibrant side with Loriel Beltrán as the artist leads a tour of his exhibition Constructed Color and shares insights about his paintings and creative process (Downtown)

🌇 Learn the basics of Biscayne Bay from marine biologist Laura Eldredge during a scenic sunset boat tour (Key Biscayne)

🎶 Tear up the dance floor with Detroit house legend Omar S at ATV Records (Downtown)

🌌 Camp under the stars and have an unforgettable night in Everglades National Park with The Alliance for Florida's National Parks (Homestead)

💚 Take a taste of the future and tour through Imagine Farms, Miami's very own indoor vertical hydroponic farm (Little Haiti)

💿 Boogie down with ARTBAT (Little Haiti)


🍷 Sip quality wine and enjoy sonically adventurous sounds during the latest Tropico Virgo at Margot (Downtown)

☝️ One more thing… 

🎧 Looking for new Miami music to listen to? Pitchfork recently shared a positive review of XVI, the latest release by local self-described “Caribbean jazzgaze” group Seafoam Walls. XVI is the band’s first full-length album and can be purchased on Bandcamp for just $7 (support your scene!) as well as listened to on your streaming service of choice. Once you’ve given it a spin and formed your own opinion on the psychedelic odyssey, you can read more about the group and its Miami ties by checking out Monday’s P4K review as well as a November interview in Spin.

Take care, 

Zach at The New Tropic

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