How Wynwood Yard became a low-key incubator, dog flu, and some ballot weirdness.
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Della Heiman got the call around 2 p.m. last Friday: Would Wynwood Yard be able to accommodate Shakira — yes, that Shakira — for a pop-up concert in a few hours?

This call would have been unthinkable about a year ago, when Wynwood Yard was ground zero for Miami’s Zika virus outbreak; and especially unbelievable a year before that, when the space looked like a deserted parking lot.

But just two and a half years after Heiman moved to Miami, the Yard has grown from a handful of food trucks into 16 different fully operational companies that bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue - and now, world-renowned pop stars.

For Heiman, the Yard has finally realized its true potential of becoming more than just an outdoor eatery, but a true startup incubator and cultural cornerstone that has attracted worldwide attention.

This is the story of how it got there.

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Troublemaker. Local Cuban-American billionaire Mike Fernandez thinks President Trump’s immigration rhetoric is BS, so he’s using his money to help as many undocumented immigrants as he can. NBC Latino talked to the former Republican about why immigration has become his cause – and why his fellow Cuban-Americans sometimes lack empathy for other immigrants.

No wonder we’re such bad drivers. A super scientific survey shows that only L.A. residents complain more than us on Instagram about traffic. Clearly Miami has a 'gramming and driving problem. (Miami Herald)

Onside. County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, who reps Overtown, has given her blessing to David Beckham’s soccer stadium plan. That makes it pretty likely the plan will get the full commission’s approval June 6, bringing the stadium a big step closer to happening. (Miami Herald)

The budget has landed on Rick Scott’s desk, that is. He now has until June 15 to approve it as it is, veto specific items, or veto the whole dang thing. Lawmakers are bracing for him to veto big sections, which would require them to head back to Tallahassee for a special session. (Tampa Bay Times)

Bad news for our furry friends. A highly contagious strain of dog flu has reached Florida. It’s not fatal for dogs, and it can’t spread to people, but your feline friends might be in trouble. (Miami Herald)

Anotha one. City of Miami Commissioner Ken Russell is opening up an exploratory committee to consider a run for the congressional seat that Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is leaving in 2018. He joins a bunch of other local politicians who are super excited about the seat finally being open for the first time in decades. (Miami Herald)

Because Florida. The special election for the State Senate District 40 seat is also getting a lil' cray. State elections officials are allowing a candidate to include his nickname on the ballot. Keep an eye out for Christian “He-Man” Schlaerth in July. At least three people without nicknames names have qualified as well. (AP, Miami Herald)

Throwback Thursday. The Miami Beach Education Committee wants to bring back zero-tolerance drug policies in local schools. Those policies, which often punish student drug use with arrest and court orders, are a holdover from the War on Drugs and have been phased out in school districts across the U.S. (Miami New Times)
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🌀 6/1: Opening reception for HistoryMiami’s Hurricane Andrew exhibition
🍺 6/1: Sour Minded
🎷 6/1: Standard Sounds: Jazz Lounge with Electric Kif
💫 6/2: First Fridays: Laser light show at the Frost Planetarium
😎 6/2- 6/4: Wynwood and Chill
🚶 6/3: March for Truth Miami
🎶 6/3: Encore Wallcast Concert: Mahler Legacy
📚 6/6: Denise Jacobs – Banish your Inner Critic
🎶 6/7: Hall and Oates and Tears For Fears
🍺 6/7: Happy Hour with Dr. George
☮️ 6/8: 50 Years of Nonprofit Innovation: Venture Cafe
🍩 6/8: The Salty Donut Wine Tasting
😂 6/9: Kevin Hart: I Can’t Make This Up, at Books & Books
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