Plus, Miami Dolphins drama and possible condo law reforms.

🏫 The short search for Miami-Dade’s new superintendent

Plus, Miami Dolphins drama and possible condo law reforms.

By Zach Schlein

Welcome to Tuesday.

Hope everyone’s enjoying that lovely cold front that rolled in through town. It’s a good day to step outside for a stroll (temps will be climbing back into the 80s by the end of the week), or to get comfortable at a scenic spot and catch up with the latest Miami news…

💧 What Miami is talking about


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🏫 Education-minded Miamians have some misgivings about the School Board’s rush to select a new superintendent. The Miami-Dade County School Board decided last week to keep the search to replace outgoing superintendent Alberto Carvalho short and limit the application window to just seven days. Local education advocates — including public school teacher Russ Rywell and Urban League of Greater Miami, Inc. president T. Willard Fair — have spoken out about the move, claiming the school board is being too hasty in its process and stifling public input along the way. “That’s a week for every qualified and interested person meeting the minimum requirements to do their soul searching, talk to their families, possibly decide to move, make their biggest career decision, prepare, proof and get in all their paperwork,” noted Rywell in an editorial for the Miami Herald. “Does that sound like a recipe for attracting the best and brightest?” You can read his full comments and more at the following links. 👉 (Miami Herald / Local 10 / P.S. 305 via Instagram)

🏈 Miami Dolphins fans spent much of yesterday searching for answers following the firing of head coach Brian Flores. As noted by ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques, the announcement caught many off guard and arrived just one day after the team beat the New England Patriots 33-24. “The firing was a surprise, in part, because Miami's 8-1 finish tied the Kansas City Chiefs for the best in the NFL during that span,” Louis-Jacques wrote. “The Dolphins are also the first NFL team to start 1-7 and finish with a winning record. Flores' three-year tenure ended with a 24-25 record and no playoff appearances, but also delivered Miami's first consecutive winning seasons since 2003.” Speculation over Flores’ removal has largely revolved around tensions between him and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. (ESPN / The Ringer)

😷 Another day, another broken record for COVID-19 cases in Florida. According to the Miami Herald, the state reported 125,996 cases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this past weekend. Per the paper, this number signifies “the largest multi-day increase of newly reported cases since the pandemic began in March 2020.” Meanwhile, the Biden administration announced yesterday that private health insurers will soon be required to cover at-home COVID-19 testing kits. More details on the policy change and Florida’s latest numbers can be found right here. ➡️ (Miami Herald / NBC 6 South Florida)

An answer could be coming soon to one of the five big questions The New Tropic posed last week: Will the Champlain Towers South collapse reshape Florida real estate? As the state legislature convenes for its 2022 session today, WLRN’s Danny Rivero took a look at possible bills, reforms, and recommendations lawmakers are considering in response to the tragedy. (WLRN)

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😎 Listen to dance music served up by talented South Florida DJs and producers during IN THE BOOTH presented by Oasis and Dark Shades (Wynwood)

✨ Feel the Wednesday night vibes during the weekly “Jenny From The Block Party” presented by The Void at Blackbird Ordinary (Brickell)


💃 Tear up the dance floor as Miami collective Autonomy hosts Darwin and December Beaches alongside the 305’s own Glue Boy and Daisy Cutter at Floyd (Downtown)

🇨🇺 Embark on an unforgettable misadventure to recover a precious family heirloom during the world premiere of "GRINGOLANDIA: A Cuban Journey" by playwright Hannah Benítez (Downtown)


🔊 Boogie down with superstar DJs Mike Servito and Terence Tabeau during the latest edition of Miami’s long-running Free Acid party at ATV Records (Downtown)


🍫 Savor sweet treats and greenery during Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s 15th Annual Festival of Chocolate — Saturday, Jan. 15 and Sunday, Jan. 16 (Coral Gables)

🍓 Take a bite out of a fruity tropical history tour and scavenger hunt during the Redland Riot Road Rallye (Redland)

🛍️ Kick off the new year with local vendors and live music at the open-air community event Market @ THesis (Coral Gables)

🎨 Celebrate creativity during the 71st Beaux Arts Festival of Art — Saturday, Jan. 15 and Sunday, Jan. 16 (Coral Gables)

🍽️ Enjoy a farm-fresh lunch served by Chef Niven Patel and Outstanding in the Field at Holman's Harvest Farm (Loxahatchee Groves)


🎼 Enjoy the glittering, harmonic sounds of The Polish Wieniawski Orchestra and a symphony spanning classic works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and more (Cutler Bay)

🍷 Sip quality wine and enjoy esoteric sounds supplied by Artime and Mutant Pete during the latest Tropico Virgo at Margot (Downtown)


😋 Relish a flavorful feast during World Famous House of Mac's weekly BOGO Monday special — this week it's the local hot spot's World-Famous Five Cheese and Smoked BBQ Chicken (Doral)

👋 That’s all for today

Thanks for reading all the way to the end — catch you back here with more Miami news tomorrow.


Zach at The New Tropic

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