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😞 Manatees have had a record-breaking year for all of the wrong reasons

Plus, COVID-19 cases are rising and the latest on Cuba.

By Zach Schlein

Welcome to Wednesday, Miami.

Yesterday was just as wet as the day before, but anyone holding out for brighter summer days ahead may get their wish just yet: The chance of rain is expected to drop over the next couple of days, although that does come with the caveat that it’ll likely be warmer out. 

Now for non-weather 305 news...

💧 What Miami is talking about 

Miami can be a lot to take in all at once. 😍 | Want to see your own picture in this space? Tag either #thenewtropic or @thenewtropic to be featured in our Instagram of the Day.  (📸: @coffeeeandcountries)  

😞 The New Tropic has written previously about how deadly this year has been for manatees, but the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shared that an unfortunate milestone was reached earlier this month. More manatees have died in the first six months of 2021 alone than in any other year in recorded history. According to the state agency, most of the 841 deaths took place in the Indian River Lagoon and were due to starvation. For comparison’s sake, there were a total of 637 documented sea cow deaths during all of 2020. The Save the Manatee Club has more information on steps you can take to aid these gentle giants of Florida’s waters. (CNN / Save the Manatee Club via Instagram)

🇨🇺 A stretch of the Palmetto Expressway between Coral Way and Southwest 8th Street was shut down yesterday by demonstrators marching in solidarity with protestors in Cuba. Several Florida officials, including Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Governor Ron DeSantis, also spent the day speaking at local events about the current uproar gripping the island. During his appearance at the American Museum of Cuban Diaspora, DeSantis was asked about the nearby demonstration with relation to the anti-protest bill he signed into law earlier this year; he deflected the question. (NBC 6 South Florida / Danny Rivero via Instagram

🗣 A panel taking place tonight will try to unpack the devastation that ravaged Biscayne Bay last year. The event was organized by Quinaz Studio and ARTSail and will host local experts — including Chief Bay Officer Irela Bagué and committed clean-up advocate Andrew Otazo — who’ll discuss what caused the disaster and how we as a community can prevent it from happening again. James Quinaz, the titular craftsman behind the studio, also has an ongoing show in the Design District where he builds furniture and other wares using objects he found in Biscayne Bay and the Miami River. You can see it for yourself now through Sunday, July 25, and 20% of proceeds will be donated to local orgs educating the community about Biscayne Bay. (#SaveBiscayneBay via Eventbrite)

😷 Like much of the country, COVID-19 cases are spiking in Miami-Dade. According to Dr. Lilian Abbo, chief of infectious diseases at Jackson Health System, patients who’ve been hospitalized for the virus have largely skewed younger and were unvaccinated. Meanwhile, breakthrough cases in fully vaccinated individuals like Miami-Dade County Commission chairman Jose “Pepe” Diaz have also been reported. (Miami Herald / NBC 6 South Florida)

➡️ More victims have been recovered and identified from the remains of Champlain Towers South. Miami-Dade Police shared the names of the following victims yesterday: Andres Levine, Moises Rodan Brief, Aishani Gia Patel, Mercedes Fuentes Urgelles, and Raymond Urgelles. There have been 95 confirmed deaths almost three weeks onward from the condo collapse. With all of the renewed attention around building safety in Miami-Dade, Miami New Times has shared an article detailing how to search for documented code violations around the county. (Miami Herald / Miami New Times)


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

🐡 Help #SaveBiscayneBay and hear from local environmental experts on how you can help preserve one of Miami's most iconic natural wonders (Design District)


🎭 Enjoy a comic chamber “coming-of-age” opera during this riveting performance of "Albert Herring" by Benjamin Britten(Faena Forum)

👂 Soak up Sohn Jamal's sonic selections at Over Under (Downtown)


👸 Watch a classic story come to life during this whimsical, romantic interpretation of Cinderella (Faena Forum)

🙌 Celebrate the return of one of Miami's best parties, Extra Credit, with the 305's own Patrick Walsh and Laura of Miami plus visiting DJ-producer Baltra (Downtown)


💃 Watch a multi-generational testament to the power of dance during “Generations of Genius,” a program by dynamic resident ballet troupe Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami — taking place Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18 (Cutler Bay)

🎶 Get lost in Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden during Mango Music Weekend(Coral Gables)

😂 Join Fantasy Theatre Factory for a laugh-filled live performances at Pride Park in South Beach on Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18 (Miami Beach)

🌴 Learn about mango propagation With Lara Farms Nursery (Coral Gables)

🎭 Enjoy a comic chamber “coming-of-age” opera during this riveting performance of "Albert Herring" by Benjamin Britten (Faena Forum)

😮 Prepare to throw down as the titanic double-billing of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Eric Duncan take over DJing duties at Floyd (Downtown)

💿 See what Sweat Records has to offer during Record Store Day Drop #2 complete with complimentary coffee from Le Jardin, beer from Dogfish Head, tunes from DJ Le Spam, and much more (Little Haiti)

👍 Thumb through Technique Records' treasure trove of musical selections and enjoy refreshments from Gramps, Liquid Death Mountain Water, and Veza Sur along with other local treats during Record Store Day Drop #2 (Upper East Side)


🌈 Enjoy some GirlTime with local LGBTQ+ women at Sherwood's Bistro(Little River)

👸 Watch a classic story come to life during this whimsical, romantic interpretation of Cinderella (Faena Forum)

🌶 Taste the best of what downtown institutions like Over Under, Lost Boys, and Melinda's have to offer as they square off in a chili cook-off competition — all proceeds benefit the All Day Foundation (Downtown)

Wednesday, July 21

👀 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)

☝️ One more thing… 

ICYMI, Espumita — The New Tropic’s favorite 305 animated character brought to life by The Plantain and local cartoonist Alec Castillo — has returned. This time she’s sharing some hot investment tips for anyone looking to get in on the cryptocurrency rush. If you’re in need of a laugh (and heaven knows we all are right now) this vid is not to be missed. 

See you tomorrow,

Zach at The New Tropic

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