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Summer Lovin’ Speed Dating Aims to Help Miami Singles Find Love

Your lover could be waiting at the Standard's first speed-dating spectacle.EXPAND
Your lover could be waiting at the Standard's first speed-dating spectacle.
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Dating apps have forever altered the realm of romance. But in ancient times, long before Tinder and just shortly after dinosaurs ruled the Earth, there was speed dating. And now this courting concept is making a snazzy return to Miami.

The Standard is set to host its first Summer Lovin’ Speed Dating at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 29. And locals are into it — more than 300 singles have already applied to participate. After the Standard team selects a list of participants based on compatibility, about 50 will be chosen for matchmaking.

The deadline to apply is Monday, August 27, and all prospective lovebirds must answer important questions such as “What’s your spirit animal?” “What number date until you’re DTF?” and simply “Trump?” To apply, visit summerspeed.splashthat.com.

People of all cultural backgrounds, industries, sexual orientations, and genders are welcome to apply. The only requirements are that you’re local and single.

“At the event, everyone will have five minutes with each person in their set of people, and then we’ll have a loud buzzer for everyone to move on to the next person,” marketing manager Kevin O’Donnell says. “We’re trying to keep this rejection-free too. At the very end, there will be a response card where people can say yes or no to each speed dater they sat with. After everyone leaves, we tell everyone who said yes to whom, and they can exchange info and take it from there.”

The evening will be hosted by Miami socialite and blogger Erin Newberg. The Standard’s resident astrologist, Lori Bell, will also be on hand to "run through where Mars and Venus are, the compatibility of signs, and insight into who they might match with,” O’Donnell says.

If you need a pep talk at the event, you’re welcome to bring your friends. They can hang out in the Standard’s bar and lounge while you participate.

And in the best-case scenario, you and your speed-dating bae are really feeling it and want to waste no time — the Standard will have a special one-night rate for guests.

Godspeed, lovebirds!

Summer Lovin’ Speed Dating. 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 29, at the Standard, 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-1717; standardhotels.com. Apply at summerspeed.splashthat.com.

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