Uber Recruits Udonis Haslem, But Fight to Enter Miami Is Dead for Now

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Despite an aggressive push in Tallahassee, car service app Uber's hopes to enter the Miami market are on the back burner once again. A bill that would prohibit local governments from placing restrictions on chauffeured car services has now been amended so that it only affects Hillsborough County.

Despite this, the company has recruited the Miami Heat's hometown hero Udonis Haslem to record a radio ad.

See also: Why Taxi Drivers Don't Want Uber in Miami

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Downtown Biscayne to Become Grand Promenade With Fewer Lanes and Less Parking -- Someday

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photo via Gracia Maria Cuzzi's Flickr | MNT Pool
The meat of downtown Miami is separated from the waterfront parks and attractions by an eight-lane highway complete with median surface parking. It works, but it's not exactly the most aesthetically pleasing setup. Well, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has finally picked a plan to redevelop a stretch of Biscayne Boulevard into a pretty and pedestrian-friendly "grand promenade."

However, the plan would likely reduce the overall amount of parking and number of traffic lanes.

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DUI Checkpoint in Golden Beach Tonight

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Apparently, Golden Beach -- that little hamlet north of Sunny Isles Beach full of ridiculously wealthy people where Shaquille O'Neal was famously sworn in as a police officer -- is experiencing a rash of drunk driving incidents. And tonight they're taking a stand.

According to a news release issued earlier in the week, the town police department will this evening implement a "DUI Sobriety Checkpoint" in conjunction with a broader "DUI saturation patrol effort" in its effort to catch drunk drivers before they screw things up for themselves or anyone else. (No word on whether Shaq will be involved in the crackdown, although here's hoping he is.)

See also: Golden Beach police: Sexual assault, kidnapping, and violence

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Why Taxi Drivers Don't Want Uber in Miami

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via Scott Thompson's Flickr / MNT Flickr Pool
Ashton Kutcher made an unplanned cameo during a Florida Senate Transportation Committee meeting two weeks ago. Uber representatives presented a clip of the Two and Half Men star and Uber investor on Jimmy Kimmel Live blasting Miami for not changing longstanding laws to accommodate the upstart car service.

"Basically, it's like mafioso, like village mentality of like we're not gonna let the new guy in," the actor said. "Like in Miami."

Diego Feliciano might be considered one of those mafiosi. Feliciano is the president of the South Florida Taxicab Association. A man who got his start more than 30 years ago as a cab driver, Feliciano says Uber seeks to skim the top off taxis' business while potentially threatening service to those who can't afford the app.

See also: Uber Goes Over Miami-Dade's Head and Takes Fight to Tallahassee

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Warning: Critical Mass Will Be Running Through Downtown Near Ultra Tonight

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If you're anything like us you probably appreciate the message of Critical Mass but have some really dark fantasies when you're in your car and get stuck in the traffic caused by the monthly bike event. The best way to avoid that is checking the route first and staying as far away as possible from the roads they'll be biking on.

Tonight's route comes with a twist. It runs a few blocks west of where Ultra Music Festival will be taking place in downtown, which will assuredly make the area even more of a traffic nightmare tonight.

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Florida's New 75 MPH Speed Limits Are Closer To Becoming Reality

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Do you often find yourself cruising Miami's highways and thinking to yourself, "I really, truly wish that everyone on this road would drive even faster"?

If so, you are a maniac probably bent on your own fiery death, and you are also in luck. Because Florida's legislature looks just about ready to approve 75 mile-per-hour speed limits on state highways.

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12-Year-Old Boy Steals Car, Promptly Crashes

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No word on whether he just wanted to do hoodrat stuff with his friend, but a 12-year-old boy was arrested on charges of grand theft auto today after stealing and crashing a Trans Am in Miami.

Spring Break cannot end soon enough.

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How Ultra Will Affect Downtown Traffic

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To be blunt: If you're not going to Ultra this weekend, avoid downtown. However, if for some reason you find yourself there and need to navigate the traffic mess, here's the 411.

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Uber Goes Over Miami-Dade's Head and Takes Fight to Tallahassee

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On-demand car service Uber fought and lost a battle in Miami-Dade to ease restrictions that forbid it from operating in the county, so now the company has taken its fight directly to Tallahassee. Uber has enlisted a pair of Republican legislators to file bills that would override the local regulations that impede its operation in Miami.

See also: Uber, a Text-Message Car Service, Might Come to Miami

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Study: Miamians Can't Afford Nice Cars

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Need a new car? Hope you're small.
It shouldn't come as much of a surprise in a city where people often live above their means, but a new study show that Miamians simply can't afford all those flashy cars they're driving around town.

A new study by Interest.com found that Miamians living on the median income level can only afford a car worth $15,174 with a monthly payment of no more than $299. Miami has the single lowest average car purchasing power of the top 25 metro areas, except for Tampa.

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