One Year After Ban, Only 352 People Have Been Cited For Texting While Driving in Miami

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As of last October 1, texting while driving in Florida is illegal. But almost one year after the ban went into effect, it's clear police across the state -- and in Miami-Dade County -- are rarely enforcing the law.

Only 352 texting while driving citations have been issued in the county in 2013, a spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) tells Riptide. In that same time period, over 50,000 non-criminal moving violations were issued in Miami-Dade, according to FHP statistics.

See also: Florida's Texting-While-Driving Ban Starts Today, Will Probably Stop No One From Texting While Driving

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Fontainebleau, Eden Roc Workers Fuming After City Cancels Parking Permits

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Being a hotel worker is hard -- low pay, long hours, ungrateful clientele. But for hundreds of workers at the Fontainebleau and theEden Roc in Miami Beach, life just got that much harder: Because of a change in city parking policy, employees are no longer able to use a nearby parking facility and now must walk across the 41st Street canal.

"Housekeepers, bellmen and -women, servers, bartenders, cooks in both hotels are now forced to walk a half-mile over a bridge after eight hours of hard labor," says one food service worker at the Fontainebleau who requested anonymity because he feared retaliation from the hotel.

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Wynwood Parking Is the "Wild, Wild West"

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Parking authority chief Art Noriega, left, and entrepreneur Mario Cruz discuss Wynwood parking
At a breakfast networking event in Wynwood this morning, Miami Parking Authority chief Art Noriega, addressing the ongoing parking changes that have rankled the neighborhood's businesses, called Wynwood a kind of "Wild Wild West" of parking and said his agency is working to refine its system.

"We knew that the process in Wynwood was going to evolve on a kind of month-to-month basis, because this area changes so much," he said. "The interest for me...to come here was to listen."

See also: Waffles and Parking Debate in Wynwood This Morning

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Waffles and Parking Debate in Wynwood This Morning

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The great Wynwood parking debate continues.
Amid rampant strife from local businesses over ongoing changes to Wynwood parking, the city's parking chief, Art Noriega, is set to defend the new regulations in a discussion with the changes' most vocal critic, local tech entrepreneur Mario Cruz. The parking showdown will commence later this morning at the neighborhood's Waffle Wednesday event at the offices of LiveNinja.com at 120 NW 25th St.

See also: Miami Parking Authority Apologizes for Ticketing in Wynwood, Will Issue Refunds

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Miami Ranked 15th Worst Drivers in America, Hialeah 12th

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It's the tenth anniversary of Allstate Insurance's "Americas Best Drivers" list, and as usual, South Florida cities find themselves near the bottom.

Of the 200 cities ranked, Miami has the 186th "best" drivers, or 15th worst. Meanwhile, Hialeah came in at 189th, or 12th worst. Both cities have fallen further down the list since Allstate began publishing it ten years ago.

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Miami-Dade Adding 150 Red-Light Cameras

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Two bills to prohibit red-light traffic cameras failed to pass Florida's legislature this spring. And now Miami-Dade officials have taken the initiative to place an additional 150 cameras at intersections throughout the county.

See also: Rick Scott Signs Bill To Make Red-Light Cameras Slightly Less Bogus

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Florida Is the Third Most Expensive State to Own a Car

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Merely owning a car in Florida could cost you $500 extra a year than it would in other states. In fact, according to a new analysis from BankRate.com, Florida is the third most expensive state in the nation to own a car.

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Car Crashes Into Lincoln Road Souvenir Shop

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Two people were injured this morning after a car somehow ended up plowing through the front door of Lincoln Road souvenir shop Alvin's Island.

Details are short at the moment, but the two victims were walking by the store when the vehicle apparently lost control. The driver of the red sedan was not injured and remained on the scene.

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Latest Ocean Drive Plan Would Eliminate Sidewalk Cafe Obstacle Course

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Walking down the western sidewalk of Ocean Drive isn't so much a leisurely stroll as it is a maneuver through the middle of a never-ending string of crowded restaurants.

That's why Miami Beach commissioners are considering a way to eliminate the cramped atmosphere while preserving the strip's cafe culture. According to Miami Today, the latest plan calls for widening the sidewalk to 21.5 feet from 14.5 feet and limiting outside tables to the first 10 feet. Though, this would mean knocking two feet off of Lummus Park and narrowing the traffic lanes.

See also: Ocean Drive May Not Close to Cars, but Sidewalk Could Be Extended

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Meet the Cab Drivers Who Want Uber and Lyft in Miami

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In the months since Uber and Lyft have set up shop in Miami and sparked a war of fines and impounded cars with the county commission, the battle lines have seemed fairly obvious. Commissioners -- backed by a powerful union of cab owners and medallion-holders -- oppose changing regulations to let in the app-based ride-sharing companies in. Taxi owners have lined up at commission meetings to argue that Uber and Lyft would put a stranglehold on their highly regulated and taxed industry.

But that doesn't mean all cab drivers feel the same. The New Vision Taxi Drivers Association of Miami, a group of 1,200 cabbies, has taken an official stance in favor of Uber and Lyft. Its president tells Riptide his members believe the competition would help everyone.

See also: Uber Car Service App Versus Miami Taxis

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