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Monday! Let's get that dough.

🌤 Today's forecast: Partly cloudy. High near 79°, low around 74°.

❤️ Sounds like: "That's Amore" by Dean Martin.

🇵🇪 Situational awareness: Sommer is riding solo this week while Martin is out galavanting across Peru. It's going to be fun!

Today's newsletter is 848 words — a 3-minute read.

1 big thing: Vote for Miami's best pizza

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

We're searching for the best pizza in Miami — as voted by you, our readers.

Why it matters: Miami is a pizza city, home to old-school favorites and pandemic pop-ups that turned into mouth-watering mainstays.

  • Our slices come in stars, squares and pie-angles. They're drunkenly devoured to the beat of live music and shipped across the country to devoted patrons.

How it works: We set up a March Madness bracket with 16 of Miami's most popular pizza spots.

  • Starting today with Round 1, readers will vote for their favorite slice every day until a winner is crowned Friday.
Bracket: Axios Visuals

The favorites: Our top seeds, based on your submissions, are Mister 01, Lucali, Andiamo! and Steve's Pizza.

Matchup to watch: Round 1 is full of matchups that can go either way, like Pummarola (8) vs. Old Greg's Pizza (9) and Miami Slice (6) vs. Stanzione 87 (11)

Click here to vote.

Remember: This highly unscientific survey is all about celebrating our shared love of pizza and the amazing servers, chefs and families who make the Miami food scene shine.

Caveat: There are many pizza spots that deserved to make the bracket, but we relied on reader submissions to create our Savory Sixteen.

  • Honorable mentions include Paulo Luigi, Harry's Pizzeria, Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, Casola's, Square Pie City, The Big Tomato and many, many more.

Stunning stat: Our social media callout for pizza submissions had nearly 13,000 views on X and received dozens of responses. Check the replies to find a pizzeria to try out.

  • Special thanks to our readers who filled our inbox with their favorites over the past year. We are finally doing it, y'all!

Cast your ballot here

2. 💕 Making Mother's Day plans

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

If you're going all out for Mother's Day, you better start making those reservations for brunch, dinner or a spa date.

State of play: A new Yelp survey conducted by YouGov found that 48% of moms consider dining out to be a favorite way to spend Mother's Day.

  • About 25% of baby boomer moms said brunch was their top choice.
  • Mother's Day weekend sees more Yelp reservations than any other time of the year, the platform says.

The latest: Yelp also released its list of the Top 100 Brunch Spots in the U.S. today, and Miami has three spots on the list.

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3. Cafecito: Rundle cruises to seventh term

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

🗳️ Katherine Fernandez Rundle was re-elected to a seventh term as Miami-Dade County state attorney on Friday after a filing deadline passed without her drawing any opponents. (Miami Herald)

  • Fernandez Rundle is the longest-serving state attorney in the county's history.

🦎 An iguana nest is responsible for what initially seemed to be a sinkhole on a street in Key Largo this month. (New Times)

A 15-year-old will be charged as an adult in a crash last week that left two women dead in Hialeah. Police say the teen was driving 83 mph in a 30 mph zone. (WSVN)

🍲 Elastika, an American contemporary restaurant named after a work by the late architect Zaha Hadid, has opened in the Design District's historic Moore building. (Miami Herald)

4. 😓 Rough weekend for Panthers, Heat

It was a rough night for the Panthers in Game Four. Photo: Mike Carlson/NHLI via Getty Images

The Panthers were unable to close out their playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, falling 6–3 on the road.

  • Lightning center Steven Stamkos scored two goals to help Tampa Bay fend off postseason elimination.

Yes, but: Florida still leads the series 3–1, and history is against the Lightning. Only four NHL teams have ever overcome a 3–0 series deficit.

What's next: The series returns to South Florida tonight for Game Five. You can watch on ESPN at 7pm.

Meanwhile, the Heat also lost this weekend, a 104–84 defeat at home, to the Celtics. Boston now leads the series 2–1.

  • The Celts never trailed in the game, led by strong performances by stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

What's next: Game Four is tonight in Miami. Watch at 7:30pm on TNT.

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Why it's important: The generosity of our members supports our newsroom as we work on the daily newsletter.

What's in it for you: Insider notes from the local reporters and other perks.

Thank you for trusting us.

5. 🥵 Florida's sweatier summer

The map shows an outlook for temperatures across the nation from June to August. Photo: NOAA/CPC

Florida is likely to face a hotter-than-usual summer, according to new forecasts and research.

Why it matters: Extreme heat is a major public health threat and plays a role in droughts and wildfires.

  • Hot weather, particularly when it occurs during prolonged heat waves, also threatens the reliability of the nation's increasingly strained electricity grid.

The big picture: Everywhere in the Lower 48 — except for North Dakota — is projected to be hotter than average, but with varying odds.

  • Florida has a 40% to 50% chance of an unusually hot summer.

Zoom in: Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill this month banning local governments from requiring heat-exposure protections, such as mandated breaks, for outdoor workers.

  • There are about 2 million outdoor workers in Florida.
  • The average number of deaths caused by heat each year increased by 95% between 2010 and 2022, per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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💃💤 Sommer is so tired but simultaneously so happy after celebrating her friends' wedding.

👋🍕 Martin is still going to vote on his favorite pizza from the hotel. See ya next week!

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This newsletter was edited by Jeff Weiner and copy edited by Nicole Ortiz and Anjelica Tan.