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1 big thing: 😰 Jimmy Butler drama heats up

Jimmy Butler poses for a photo with Miami Heat president Pat Riley during his introductory press conference. Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Tensions seem to be rising between the Miami Heat and their best player after the team was sent home early from the playoffs last week.

Why it matters: All-Star forward Jimmy Butler is seeking a contract extension this offseason, per the Miami Herald.

  • But team leadership has expressed concerns over his availability to play in games and recent comments about the team's playoff defeat.

Catch up fast: Butler, one of the greatest Heat players of all time, missed the first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics due to an MCL sprain.

  • Boston eliminated Miami 4–1.

The latest: At a press conference this week, Heat president Pat Riley said the team was not presently considering trading Butler but had not discussed extending his contract either, per The Athletic.

  • "That's a big decision on our part to commit those kinds of resources unless you're somebody who's really going to be there, available every single night," Riley said. "That's the truth."
  • Riley said player availability across the roster is the team's biggest issue, though he emphasized he wasn't accusing players of missing games when healthy.

Butler, 34, is expected to request a two-year contract extension worth about $113 million this summer, per the Herald, but Riley said the team doesn't have to act until 2025.

Friction point: Riley also took aim at Butler's claim that the Heat would have beaten the Celtics if he were healthy.

  • "If I was playing, Boston would be at home. New York damn sure would be f---ing at home," Butler said in a video clip.

Riley's response: "For him to say that, I thought, 'Is that Jimmy trolling or is that Jimmy serious?'"

  • "If you're not on the court playing against Boston, if you're not on the court playing against the New York Knicks, you should keep your mouth shut in your criticism of those teams."

The other side: Butler's agent, Bernie Lee, said the 22 games Butler missed last season were all for "valid issues and concerns," per the Sun Sentinel.

  • "The thought that Jimmy is picking and choosing when to play isn't reality," Lee said.

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2. 🥃 Doral proposes alcohol law changes

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Doral Mayor Christi Fraga is expected to propose new laws at the council's meeting today related to when bars and nightclubs can sell alcohol.

Why it matters: The new rules come one month after there was a deadly shooting in CityPlace Doral.

  • Fraga told the Miami Herald she hopes the new rules will ensure the safety and security of the community.
  • She said current laws are "very ambiguous," per the outlet.

State of play: The proposal would set last call at 1:30am, with establishments closing at 2am.

  • On New Year's Day, closing time would be at 3am.
  • Establishments would also be required to develop a safety and security plan to be shared with the police department, use portable metal detectors, and hire more security guards and off-duty officers.

Catch up quick: On April 6, two people were killed and seven others injured at Martini Bar at CityPlace Doral around 3:30am after a fight broke out.

  • A lawsuit was filed last month against the club and CityPlace Doral alleging negligence, per the Herald.

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3. Cafecito: The Underline for Hialeah

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

🍕 Stanzione 87, named one of the top pizza spots in the country in 2022, closed after 11 years in Brickell. The announcement indicated the restaurant could be reopening in another location in the future. (Miami Herald)

🚴 Hialeah wants to replicate The Underline, the 10-mile linear park that runs under the Metrorail. (WLRN)

  • The city commission approved a 5,000 linear foot version for underutilized Metrorail space within city limits.

👋 Broward County schools deputy superintendent of operations Judith Marte is retiring in June, a year earlier than expected. Marte's announcement is the latest in a string of departures from officials in the district. (Sun Sentinel)

🤑 A Publix in Miami Shores sold the winning Powerball ticket, estimated at $214 million. (WSVN)

4. 💰 Local Black entrepreneurs awarded

Derrick Turton of World Famous House of Mac (left) and Nicole Gates of Lil Greenhouse Grill (right) are two of the five local entrepreneurs awarded a $10,000 grant from the Black Innovation Alliance. Photo: Black Innovation Alliance

Five local Black-owned businesses each received $10,000 yesterday as part of the "Believe in You" grant from the Black Innovation Alliance.

  • The entrepreneurs behind Smith and Webster Restaurant and Bar, Rosie's Miami, World Famous House of Mac, Lil Greenhouse Grill and House of Wings were surprised throughout the day with the award.

Why it matters: The grants are meant to counter legislation that "has drained resources from the Black entrepreneurial ecosystem" and left Black businesses "scrambling" for resources, according to the organization, which is dedicated to closing the racial wealth gap.

The big picture: The award comes during the alliance's annual Sustainability Summit, which is about "forging a path forward toward equity in the midst of an assault on affirmative action, DEI, and Black entrepreneurship at large," Alliance CEO Kelly Burton said in a news release.

Context: Florida lawmakers and Gov. Ron DeSantis have assailed DEI programs in business and education, including through the law dubbed the Stop WOKE Act, which sought to limit workplace discussions of diversity and race.

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5. 📸 Photo quiz!

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Reader Zalmy Meyer submitted this week's photo quiz.

Here's a hint: This may be the only spot in Miami Beach that NFL great Rob Gronkowski and indie rocker Lucy Dacus have both visited.

  • Reply to this email with the correct location, and you can win some Axios Miami swag!

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