August 18, 2022
Good morning. It's Thursday.
🌦 Today's weather: Sunny, with a high near 91. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm.
🚨 Situational awareness: Miami-Dade Police announced last night that detective Cesar "Echy" Echaverry, 29, has died in the hospital after an armed-robbery suspect shot him in the head Monday.
Today's newsletter is 908 words, a 3.5-minute read.
1 big thing: 🔥 Miami's future is hot
If Miami summers feel hot now, new research predicts that our days of extreme heat will skyrocket in the coming decades.
Driving the news: Miami-Dade leads the nation in counties that will see the biggest jump in so-called dangerous days, when the heat index passes 100°F, by 2053, according to a nationwide study by the nonprofit First Street Foundation.
- Broward and Palm Beach counties are close behind.
Why it matters: Extreme heat is the leading weather-related killer in the U.S. In Miami-Dade, rising heat indexes are increasing residents' risk of heat-related illnesses and even death, according to a county heat study.
- Miami-Dade has more than 100,000 outdoor workers, more than any other county in Florida, according to the Miami Herald.
What they're saying: Understanding future heat risks can help local communities make more informed decisions about how to protect their health and properties, the First Street study's authors write.
Zoom in: Miamians will experience about 40 extra days where the heat index is over 100 degrees – from about 50 days in 2023 to 91 days in 2053 – according to the study.
Of note: The heat index — known as the "feels like" temperature — factors in temperature and relative humidity.
2. Watch the "Tom Brady of chess" compete
Magnus Carlsen, a 31-year-old from Norway who's been dubbed the "Tom Brady of chess," has been the world champion to beat since 2011.
- Through Sunday, he and seven other top-ranking chess players are facing off at the Eden Roc Miami Beach during the FTX Crypto Cup, part of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour.
State of play: To no surprise, Carlsen holds the No. 1 spot this year on the Meltwater Tour, which is part of a series from his chess games and events company Play Magnus.
- In July, Carlsen said he was "not motivated" and dropped out of the tournament that determines the world championship, thus giving up his title, but he'll continue playing competitive chess in other formats. Lately, he's also been getting into professional poker.
Ka-ching!: Players at the FTX Crypto Cup will battle for $210,000 in prize money — the largest pot on this year's tour — plus an additional $100,000 tied to the price of bitcoin.
- Online, fans can open a crypto wallet and get a key that will let them play games and win prizes.
3. Q&A with UM professor plucked by White House
President Biden last week appointed University of Miami criminologist Alexis Piquero as the new director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics at the Justice Department.
- Piquero has spent his last two years exploring Miami crime trends, police's coordinated response with mental health professionals and the Miami-Dade County mayor's work, including her Peace and Prosperity Plan.
Before he started his new gig, we caught up with professor Piquero to chat about what's next and how he spends his time outside work. (Editor's note: This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.)
Q: What made you take the job, and what will your role be?
A: There is no higher honor than having the opportunity to serve the president and the nation. Providing crime and justice data in an objective, reliable and timely manner is critical to inform crime and justice policy.
Q: Will we still see you around?
A: I'll still have a physical presence in both places for the time being, as I will be in D.C. various days, at home other days, and then throughout the country meeting with stakeholders.
Q: We've heard your workout routine is to run in the morning and eat a donut from The Salty. What's your favorite?
A: I'm partial to White Chocolate Tres Leches.
Q: You're a fan of Formula One and you bleed Williams blue and white. Will you come back to Miami for the next Grand Prix? (Bonus question: Should Daniel Ricciardo replace Nicholas Latifi at Williams?)
A: You know I love Formula One so I will do my best to return. As for drivers, I just want great competition at the track.
4. Cafecito: Fresh-brewed news
⚖️ Tampa-area prosecutor Andrew Warren sued Gov. Ron DeSantis yesterday for suspending him this month because of his positions on abortion and transgender rights. Warren is accusing DeSantis of violating his First Amendment rights. (Associated Press)
🍽 Miami and Fort Lauderdale are among the cities where restaurants have recovered best since the pandemic began, according to data from OpenTable.
🏗 The City of North Miami Beach is inviting real estate developers to a private meeting about potentially teaming up to redevelop a 10-acre tennis center. (Miami Today)
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5. It's peak sea turtle hatching season!
One of the most amazing things you can witness in South Florida — and this is saying a lot for a place where iguanas appear in toilet bowls — is baby sea turtles hatching from their shells and toddling down the sand to begin their lives in the ocean.
You, too, might be able to see this miracle by joining Sea Turtle Oversight Protection (STOP) on one of their late-night beach patrols, Turtle Treks of Terramar.
- The organization invites people to come to watch as trained volunteers rescue turtles that "mistakenly scurry to the bright city lights," making sure they safely recover to the ocean's edge.
Details: Tour tickets cost $25 per person, and all of the money goes to the organization's turtle rescue efforts.
Hurry: It's peak hatch-out season now. The season runs through September.
👀 Deirdra noticed the current jackpot is $99 million — not too shabby. Never give up, Martin!
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