Bills to Legalize Uber and Lyft Filed in Florida Legislature

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Uber, Sidecar (which doesn't operate in Florida yet), and Lyft all in one.
Ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft continue to operate successfully across Florida despite the fact they're technically doing so illegally in many counties. An attempt last year to legalize the services statewide fizzled out in Tallahassee, but two new bills filed in the state senate and house signal that the legislature is ready to give it another go.

Interestingly the news comes today as Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez noted in his State of the County address that he thinks Uber and Lyft are here to stay despite the county having made no changes to its own laws yet.

"Folks, we're not putting the genie back in the bottle," he said.

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Obama Is in Town Today: Here's How He'll Affect Traffic

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Photo: Pete Souza for the White House
The president is a busier man than you'll ever be.
President Barack Obama will visit the main campus of Florida International University this afternoon to speak at a town hall meeting about immigration. He'll sit down with TV news anchor Jose Diaz-Balart, and the event will air on Telemundo at 7 p.m. and on MSNBC at 8 p.m. Exciting stuff.

Of course, we all know presidential visits come with an inconvenient side effect: traffic delays. The president's motorcade does not travel lightly or inconspicuously.

Here's how local roadways might be affected.

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Police Search for Hit-and-Run Driver Who Killed Woman in Wheelchair in Little Haiti

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Photo via Najee Haye's Facebook
Takesha Shawanna Hayes, who suffered from MS and used a wheelchair, was killed by a hit-and-run driver yesterday.
Even in a city where deadly hit-and-runs are a weekly occurrence, a vehicular homicide this weekend was particularly brutal. Early Sunday morning, 39-year-old Takesha Shawanna Hayes -- who used a motorized wheelchair because of multiple sclerosis -- was hit by a car as she rolled through a Little Haiti intersection.

The car fled the scene, and Hayes died from her injuries. As police continue to search for the culprit this morning, Hayes' family remembers her and pleads for justice.

"I really lost my mama. I'm lost for words my heart can't take this," Hayes' daughter, Najee, posted on Facebook. "Anybody knew my mama they know she was cool and so funny man she didn't deserve that all."

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DUI Checkpoint Set for Rickenbacker Tonight, Saturation Patrol Set for Brickell

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The Rickenbacker
In response to an all too regular string of accidents involving drunk drivers and bicyclists on the Rickenbacker Causeway, police will set up a DUI sobriety checkpoint on the bridge to Key Biscayne tonight. The Miami Police and Miami-Dade Police departments will join forces for the checkpoint.

See also: Another Cyclist Killed in Rickenbacker Causeway Hit-and-Run

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Lawsuit Seeks to End Uber and Lyft's Services in Miami-Dade

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Courtesy of Lyft
Since launching last May and June respectively, Lyft and Uber continue to thrive in Miami-Dade County. This is despite the fact they continue to do so illegally. No, you didn't miss any news. There have been no changes to the county ordinances.

Well, now the owner of a limousine service has filed a class-action lawsuit against both companies and the county government with the aim of forcing both companies to halt service.

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

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Miami Commission Considers Water Taxis and Gondolas as Public Transport

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Two things everyone knows for sure: Miami is surrounded by a lot of water, and Miami has major transportation problems.

Well, at a recent planning and zoning meeting, the City of Miami Commission discussed the possibility of looking beyond buses and trains to fix transportation.

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Here Are the Roads That Will Be Closed For Sunday's Miami Marathon

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Photo by George Martinez
Granted, we don't need to give Miamians much of an excuse to stay out late on Saturday and sleep in on Sunday morning. But if you're not running the Miami Marathon and live around the affected area, it might be the best to stay in.

The annual marathon will close some of Miami and Miami Beach's busiest roadways for hours from Sunday morning until early afternoon.

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Miami Bus Driver Nearly Plowed Into a Family and Then Drove Away

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Photo by Ed Webster via Wikimedia Commons
In October, New Times published an investigation chronicling a rash of passenger injuries on Miami-Dade County's public bus system -- and worse, the county's habit of retaining bad drivers. Through the first eight months of 2014, we found, county buses hit pedestrians and bicyclists seven times in "preventable" accidents; 97 passengers fell while riding, boarding, or exiting buses; and 56 passengers were reported otherwise injured.

That report caught the eye of County Commissioner Xavier Suarez, who paid particularly close attention because of a recent experience with another bus collision caused by a driver with a bad record -- one he witnessed himself. "The looks on their faces when this happened," the commissioner says of a visiting family he says was nearly killed, "I'll never forget it."

Now, Suarez has gotten the background on that driver and -- surprise! -- it's less than stellar.

See also: Dozens Are Injured Every Year on Miami-Dade Buses, Often by Drivers With Bad Records

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Would You Pay $1 to Ride Metromover? Commissioners Considering Fares

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Riding Metromover is a bargain. It's absolutely free.

Well, county commissioners are toying with the idea of adding a $1 charge to the service, that's if they ever get around to it.

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The Ferrari From Miami Vice is on eBay for $1.75 Million

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We're very tempted to make a "looking for a last minute Christmas gift" joke in the lede, but, whoops we just did.

But really, if you've got $1.75 million, you could drive into the New Year in the very same white Ferrari that Sonny Crockett used to on Miami Vice.


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