Plus, Miami-Dade is asking locals to weigh in on new license plates to support Biscayne Bay.
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🐢 A heartwarming ‘tail’ of a lost and found land tortoise in Miami

Plus, Miami-Dade is asking locals to weigh in on new license plates to support Biscayne Bay.

By Zach Schlein

Welcome to Wednesday.

Be sure to watch your step out there — King Tides are out and about, which could mean some flooding for the fine folks of Miami-Dade. The county is trying to raise awareness on how to be prepared, which you can learn more about here and here

Here’s what else you need to know today...

💧 What Miami is talking about 

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🗣 A recording has surfaced of Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber discussing redevelopment in the South Beach Entertainment District with prominent real estate developers and local politicians. Miami New Times published the audio on Monday, which was recorded by then-Miami Beach Commission candidate Fabian Basabe during a Zoom call that took place last month. The cozy call between Gelber and developers is emerging amid a heated debate over proposed changes that would dramatically alter South Beach, including the campaign to push last call for alcohol up from its current 5 a.m. time to 2 a.m. (Miami New Times)

🌊 Miamians can weigh in on a new campaign to help Biscayne Bay. Miami-Dade County is rolling out — all puns intended — a new specialty license plate, the proceeds of which will go toward conservation and education efforts surrounding the Bay. As detailed by the Miami Herald, “The public will have a chance to pick a design out of three options: two paddleboarders against Miami’s iconic skyline with a hot pink and turquoise background; a Stiltsville house at sunset; and colorful sailboats on a white backdrop with the bay and Miami skyline in light blue. They all say ‘Protect Biscayne Bay.’” You can take a look at the different designs and cast your vote right here as well learn more about the initiative at this web page hosted by partner org The Miami Foundation. Votes are being accepted through Friday, Nov. 5, and the winner will be announced on Nov. 10. (Miami-Dade County / Miami Herald)

💉 A Miami private school is attracting national attention for its unconventional policies around COVID-19 vaccines. As reported by WSVN, Centner Academy sent an email last week detailing a new policy requiring children to stay home for 30 days after receiving each shot. The measure is purportedly meant to protect unvaccinated staff and students from the “harmful effects” of *checks notes* people who’ve gotten vaccinated. If you can remember way back when to a late April newsletter, the Design District school made headlines earlier this year for similarly conspiratorial and outlandish concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine. (WSVN / Washington Post)

🐢 It’s a tail as old as time: A beloved land tortoise goes missing, an ecology-centric Miami event space finds them, and a tearful reunion ensues. That’s the short version of the saga of Macho, a land tortoise who was snatched from his owners in Little River. Fortunately, the good folks over at the Center for Subtropical Affairs found him, and he’s since been returned to his family. You can read more about this heartwarming — if a bit strange — series of events over at the link. ➡️  (Miami New Times)

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✨ Delve into the mystic and learn about "Spiritual Realms and Charismatic Cults" with Wolfsonian curator Shoshana Resnikoff and the museum's digital assets manager Isabel Sanz (Online)

💡 Reimagine social spaces as sites of artistic creation with Oolite Arts' new exhibiton, "Common Space" — on display Wednesday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Jan. 23 (Miami Beach)


🎷 Jam to tunes produced by 88.9 FM WDNA Serious Jazz at Wynwood Walls (Wynwood)

👩 Celebrate Wonder Woman Day at The Bass and check out "Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman," a work by video and installation artist Dara Birnbaum examining feminity through the titular superhero icon (North Miami)

💃 Put on your dancing shoes and sway to the rhythm during Salsa Night at InterContinental Miami (Downtown)

🗣 Tune in for a chat with renowned oceanographer and author John Englander as he speaks with futurist architect Reinaldo Borges about climate change and approaches to protecting South Florida's fragile environment (Online)

🎨 Meet incomparable artist and unsung creative legend Philip Smith during a virtual conversation with Chana Budgazad Sheldon, executive director of MoCA North Miami (Online)

🎵 Listen to LateNightJiggy’s latest release, "Guitarra," complete with a live performance at Veza Sur as part of the concert series Sounds of the City (Wynwood)


👂 Treat your ears to some live soul and jazz courtesy of MaddJazz and Johnny Walker at Lagniappe (Wynwood)

👻 Ring in scary season and summon the Halloween spirit during Haunted Circus Miami — runs Friday, Sept. 17 - Sunday, Oct. 31 (Westchester)


🕯 Join creative Loni Johnson for a workshop to build small altars as offerings to your ancestors as part of her exhibition "Remnants" at Locust Projects (Miami Design District)

💚 Take a scenic stroll through Florida's natural wonders and visit Big Cypress National Preserve for the annual Swamp Celebration — Saturday, Oct. 23 & Sunday, Oct. 24 (Ochopee)

💿 Hit the dance floor with Detroit house legend Omar S at ATV Records (Downtown)


🚶 Learn about Miami's past up close and personally during this season's Surfside Historical Walking Tours with Dr. Paul George, HistoryMiami’s resident historian (Surfside)

📚 Swing by Time Out Market Miami for a Children’s Pumpkin Decoration Workshop and Community Book Swap (Miami Beach)

🎉 Boogie down with the birthday boy as CHKLTE celebrates his big day by taking over the decks at ATV Records — presented by Un_Mute (Downtown)

🔎 Set out on a seasonally scary scavenger hunt for charity presented by Women for Success and Clutch Burger (Coral Gables)

🌊 Leave Collins Park nicer than you found it by helping out with Clean Miami Beach's latest volunteer cleanup (Miami Beach)


🍃 Join Locust Projects for a Virtual Roundtable with Jessica Segall, a Brooklyn-based artist working in sculpture, performance, and video, and Dehlia Hannah, curator and philosopher of nature (Online)

⛓ Delve into the darker side of dance music and get ready for Halloween with the latest edition of Salem featuring Jovi, Klauss, Souls Departed, and more on DJ duties (Downtown)

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