Plus, Miami International Airport takes the top slot for the wrong reasons.
The New Tropic

💵 Floridians may be missing out on a nice chunk of change

Plus, Miami International Airport takes the top slot for the wrong reasons.

By Zach Schlein

It’s Tuesday.

And there’s plenty to talk about in 305 news today. Take a look...

💧 What Miami is talking about 

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🛣 Dixie Highway officially became  Harriet Tubman Highway on Sunday. The City of Coral Gables voted to rechristen the road and remove its Confederate connection earlier this year. (Mayor Daniella Levine Cava via Instagram / NBC 6 South Florida)

💵 There could be a hefty refund in store for Floridians across the state… if they ever get around to claiming it. Per CBS Miami, “More than 30,000 families have yet to claim over $200 million worth of refunds from Florida’s Prepaid College Tuition Program.” The average amount of unclaimed funds per account is reportedly $4,700. “This is a time when we know that there are families who could definitely use a $4,700 check,” said program spokeswoman Shannon Colavecchio. “We don’t want to hold it. We would like you to have it and claim it.” Check the following links to learn more about the program and find out if there’s any cash flow coming your way. ➡️ (CBS Miami / WTSP

♻️ Miami Beach will be hosting a climate change-themed conference next year. The summit, a collaboration between the city and The Aspen Institute titled “Aspen Ideas: Climate,” will invite leaders and orgs from all around the world to discuss solutions for the existential issue of our time. The conference will take place from March 3-7, 2022 at a variety of venues including the New World Center and the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. (City of Miami Beach / Local 10)

🏥 Oolite Arts is launching a new exhibition today in celebration of World Gratitude Day and the healthcare heroes who’ve tended to Miamians during the pandemic. The On The Frontline exhibit features portraits of 30 staff members at Mount Sinai Medical Center illustrated by five Miami-based artists including past New Tropic interviewee Chire “VantaBlack” Regans. The portraits will be on display through Feb. 12, 2022 in the lobby of Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Skolnick Surgical Tower. (Oolite Arts)

😷 Miami International Airport has landed the top spot in an unfortunate list. Per WMFE, “Three Florida airports fall in the top five airports in the country for TSA workers who are sick with COVID,” and MIA arrived at number one. According to the story, there have been more than 500 cases among the airport’s TSA officers since the pandemic began. (WMFE)

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🎉 A giveaway for you!

Rally your friends for a day of plant-based fun at the beach! (📸: Courtesy of Vegan Block Party)

This year’s Vegan Block Party is being held at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park this October, and New Tropic readers are invited! 

Enter now for your chance to win a pair of tickets toward indulging in the vegan meals of your dreams on Saturday, October 16.


📚 Tune in as writer Richard Powers discusses his new book "Bewilderment" during a virtual talk hosted by Miami Book Fair and Books & Books (Online)

📸 Enjoy a free tour with Frost Art Museum Chief Curator Amy Galpin through an exhibition exploring the works of photographer Robert Andy Coombs (Miami)


🍾 Get a taste of getREEF — a new way to order in — at an outdoor food bazaar featuring the best of Miami neighborhood dining along with a full bar and entertainment between Sept. 14-26 (Brickell)

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

🎶 Swing by The Wolfsonian for a free concert featuring Amernet String Quartet and others (Miami Beach)


🔥 Throw down with some of Miami's most talented DJs — Ashley Venom, Pressure Point, and Jan Anthony — during Jezebel Sound's latest party at ATV Records (Downtown)

🌕 Pair the Harvest Moon in the night sky with a delicious four-course meal at Strawberry Moon (South Beach)

🗣 Listen in on a discussion with artist Lyle Ashton Harris during the latest edition of the ICA Speaks series (Miami Design District)

❣️ Journey through emotional, spiritual, and physical dialogues between the self and the art with creative André Breton at Pérez Art Museum Miami (Downtown)


🎷 Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the return of the Jazz at MOCA concert series with the Luis Disla Latin Jazz Ensemble (North Miami)


🔥 Heat up the dancefloor as former NBA player and DJ-producer Rony Seikaly's hypes up his new album at Club Space (Downtown)

🇨🇺 See Little Havana up close and personally during a tour led by HistoryMiami Museum (Little Havana)


👟 Stretch your legs and sign up for Pink Walk, a 5K charity event for the Women's Breast & Heart Initiative (Miami Gardens & Online)

👋 That’s all for today

See you back here tomorrow for your regularly scheduled mid-week newsletter. 


Zach at The New Tropic

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