Plus, more ways to help those affected.
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➡️ Champlain Towers’ defects were known about for years

Plus, more ways to help those affected.

By Zach Schlein

It’s Tuesday.

Hope everyone is doing OK. Many days have passed, but Miami-Dade is still processing the shock of last week’s tragedy in Surfside.

The New Tropic has done its best to round up the latest we know about the situation below. However, it’d be great to hear from you, our readers, as well: Whether there’s a specific charity or local institution that’s assisting with recovery efforts that deserve a shout out or if you’ve been personally affected by this, please don’t hesitate to share your story. You can reach out by hitting reply to this email.

Without further ado...

💧 What Miami is talking about 

Surfside and Miami-Dade are still reeling from the tragedy of last week’s condo collapse. (📸: @WendyRhodesFl)

❤️ How to help: Friday’s newsletter shared a roundup of resources from the Miami Herald, Local 10, and NBC 6 South Florida on charity drives, volunteer opportunities, and other ways of chipping in right now. These lists have been kept up to date, and if you’re looking for additional avenues of assistance, Miami New Times and WLRN have compiled exhaustive rundowns of their own.

There’s also Support Surfside, a collaborative effort by several of Miami’s most prominent community organizations to raise funds for anyone who’s been affected. More information is available at the Support Surfside website and donations can be made right here.

Additionally, as covered in Friday’s edition of The New Tropic, officials are asking anyone with loved ones or relatives who lived at Champlain Towers to call 305-614-1819 with updates on whether they’ve been heard from or not. An emergency information hotline can also be reached at 305-993-1071, and authorities are asking folks to fill out a Wellness Check form and share that they’re safe.

In other news...

➡️ As of writing, there are 11 confirmed deaths and 150 people still unaccounted for. Search and rescue efforts remain ongoing, with help arriving from as far away as Israel and Mexico. (NBC 6 South Florida

📰 Tributes are being shared about the known victims and folks who are still missing. You can read about Luis Fernando Barth, Stacie Fang, Manuel "Manny" LaFont, Ana Ortiz, as well as Gladys and Antonio Lozano at the following links. (NPR / WLRN / Miami Herald)

🗞 Reports have emerged about contractors, inspectors, and local officials who had knowledge of Champlain Towers South Condo’s structural defects prior to its collapse. An anonymous contractor shared photos with the Miami Herald displaying cracked concrete and standing water in the building’s basement-level garage as recently as last Tuesday. Meanwhile, the City of Surfside has released documents showing that city officials were aware as early as 2018 that the condo had suffered water damage and was in need of repairs. (Miami Herald / CBS Miami)

🗣 Experts have begun sharing theories on the chain of events that led to the condo’s collapse based on the available evidence. Several state and local agencies have already commenced investigations, and officials from the National Institute of Standards and Technology — a federal agency that began inspecting building collapses after 9/11 — are already on-site for a preliminary study. (Miami Herald / WLRN)

At least two lawsuits have been filed against the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association. One is a class-action lawsuit seeking $5 million for those affected by Thursday's events, and the other was brought by Champlain Towers South resident Steve Rosenthal on Saturday. Rosenthal survived the disaster and claims the association knew or should have been aware that “the entire structure was deteriorating and becoming susceptible to catastrophic loss by collapse.” (Local 10)

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How do you convince Miami to take care of Biscayne Bay?

Five local filmmakers offered their best ideas through Save the Bay, a new competition by Oolite Arts to help raise awareness about or highlight solutions for improving the water quality of Biscayne Bay.

The five winners received $2,500 to produce their PSAs and they are: Alexa Caravia, Helen Peña, Jayme Gershen, Milly Cohen and Shireen Rahimi. Five Honorable Mentions received $1,000 each.

Join Oolite on July 28 for a screening of the PSAs and a conversation between the filmmakers, Cinematic Arts Manager Danielle Bender and Miami-Dade County’s Chief Bay Officer Irela Bagué.

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🐠 Florida fauna goes phonetic

The New Tropic’s latest giveaway with artist Alex Leshansky is an eyecatcher, that’s for sure. 😍 | Want to see your own picture in this space? Tag either #thenewtropic or @thenewtropic to be featured in our Instagram of the Day.  (📸: @studiocpl)

Artist and designer Alex Leshansky used the @36daysoftype exercise as an opportunity to illustrate some of Florida’s most colorful critters. Not only are his drawings beautiful, but they’re educational to boot. 

Enter now for your chance to win a 12” x 16” illustration of Leshansky’s work; it covers our state’s diverse wildlife from A to Z and looks great in any Florida-loving home! 🤗 

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💜 How to support Surfside

Together, our community foundations have launched a hardship fund to help those impacted by the devastating building collapse in Surfside.

Contribute to the fund today


👋 Network with fellow Miami food and beverage entrepreneurs (Wynwood)

🚮 Take part in a Trashy Tuesday sunset beach cleanup at Watson Island Marina(Midtown )


🚺 Visit the opening of the exhibit experience WOMANISH in Miami (Wynwood)

♻️ Get a general overview of Miami-Dade County's Climate Action Strategy and learn what your neighbors had to say about envisioning a green, carbon-free 305 (Online)


🎥 Watch a Third Horizon Film Festival-hosted screening of buzzed-about feature film "Bantú Mama" at Nite Owl Drive-In (Downtown / Online)


🎶 Blast to the past with Questlove's electric, joyous music documentary "Summer of Soul" at Gables Cinema(Coral Gables)

🎼 Enjoy an evening of patriotic music celebrating Independence Day(North Beach Bandshell)

🇺🇸 Celebrate July 4 with an in-Person Independence Day Unity Concert with vocalist Lauren Carter(Miami)

🌇Set sail for Stiltsville at sunset during this guided boat tour led by local historian Cesar Becerra (Key Biscayne)

☝️ One more thing… 

The New Tropic wants to take this space to thank the rescue teams who are braving unimaginable circumstances to search for survivors along with everyone doing their part to look after our neighbors in need. This includes Oreo: Per the Miami Herald, she’s a Pomsky (part Pomeranian, part Siberian husky) who’s been trained to find living victims in disasters. She and her handler Moises Soffer are members of the CADENA Foundation, an international humanitarian non-profit that’s headquartered right here in Miami.

Be kind out there,

Zach at The New Tropic

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