"I run the book club and the kitesurfing club," said Natalia Martinez-Kalinina, who works at Reef Technology, a logistics start-up in Miami. She said this week’s book was "The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity."
She likes the newcomers and socially onboarding them. "My life prior to the pandemic involved a lot of hosting, so this isn’t all that different," she said.
The new arrivals have manifestoes. It seems no business leader can move to the city without one.
"We recognize the amazing and unique natural gifts that G-d and geology bestowed on California, but enough is enough," wrote David Blumberg, a venture capitalist who runs Blumberg Capital and moved from San Francisco to Miami in November. "We certainly hope and pray that California will take action to remedy the disastrous self-inflicted political situation and restore its former luster and quality of life, but for now we are voting with our feet."
Alex Merutka, the founder of Craftsman+, a marketing automation company, was between quarantining in San Francisco and staying on his mom’s sofa in San Diego, soon to be moving to Los Angeles, when he got the call from friends last year about Miami.
"They said come to Miami, there’s something really special happening here," he said. And so he did.
One recent morning, Mr. Merutka, 29, was having a smoothie by the pool of his new rented house. Nearby, his roommate was in the middle of a boxing session with a personal trainer.