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Police Warn Protesters May Block Traffic on the MacArthur Causeway This Afternoon

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Photo by Anthony Spinello
Last weekend's protest in Wynwood.
Miami Beach police are warning motorists to expect more protests on a major causeway connecting the mainland to the beach this afternoon. Though, this time police expect the protests may go down on the MacArthur Causeway as opposed to the Julia Tuttle.

However, Facebook event pages affiliated with the planned protest make no mention of trekking to the MacArthur.

See also: Police Brutality Protesters Shut Down 195, March Through Wynwood

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Brandon Berry, General Manager of the Fillmore, Victim of Basel Hit-and-Run

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Photo by Yesenia Hernandez
Saturday night, on his way home from a Phil Collins-hosted gala at the Fillmore Miami Beach, the venue's general manager, Brandon Berry, was the victim of a hit-and-run that left him severely injured.

Friends and family hope to find the driver of the black SUV that rammed into Berry's car, causing him to lose control.

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Uber Launches in Keys, Southwest Florida: Now Servicing 82 Percent of Floridians

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A map shows which Florida markets Uber is now available in.
Five months to the day after launching in Miami-Dade County, Uber will now cover the vast majority of South Florida after launching in the Keys and Southwest Florida today. That means the UberX service reaches 82 percent of the population of Florida despite its legality still remaining somewhat murky in many areas.

Uber's launch today will now bring its on-demand taxi-like services to the Florida Keys, Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota/Bradenton, and Ocala markets.

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Critical Mass Heads West Into Coral Gables Tonight

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Photo by Michael E. Miller
Critical Mass, the monthly bike ride that takes over entire roads, happens to occur on Black Friday this month. At least fewer people are working today. Which is a good thing, unless, of course, you're coming home with a car loaded with shopping bags sometime after 7:15 tonight.

Tonight's ride, like all Critical Masses, will start at Government Center in downtown before taking a route through the southwest portions of the city and heading as far west as Ponce de Leon Avenue in Coral Gables. Take a look at the map below, and, drivers, plan to avoid the areas beforehand.

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Parking Authority: No More Pay By Phone Service Fees For Customers

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Photo by Rich Robinson
Happy Thanksgiving, Miamians.

And here's something to legitimately be thankful for: No more Pay By Phone parking service fees. Seriously. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, the Miami Parking Authority (MPA) announced this week, the authority will absorb the $.35 fee that accompanies each Pay By Phone transaction.

"As a measure to try to give back to the community that we serve, but also to incentivize people," Rolando Tapanes, MPA's director of planning and development, told Riptide. "We did the numbers and we decided that it would be worthwhile for us to absorb the transaction fee."

See also: Parking Authority Announces New Plan for Wynwood

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Florida Turnpike Will Offer Free Coffee Over Thanksgiving Travel Rush

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Photo by Julius Schorzman | WikiCommons
Taking a trek to elsewhere in the state for Thanksgiving? Sounds unfortunate, but at least you can look forward to one perk if you take the Florida Turnpike. The road's 24 -hour service stations will be offering everyone free coffee during specific hours during the busy travel time.

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Miami Beach's Hellish Year of Traffic Is Over: Most Alton Road Construction Now Completed

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Photo by Lyssa Goldberg
If you live in Miami Beach, the past year has been a steady descent into driving madness. First, it was impossible to travel south on Alton Road. Then random cross streets were also closed. Lanes began to magically merge and disappear like an M.C. Escher drawing. Buying organic kale at Whole Foods suddenly because an odyssey worthy of an epic poem. Some local businesses simply gave up.

But that nightmare is now over. After a year of construction, FDOT contractors have completed most of their work ahead of schedule.

That means you can now drive north and south on Alton Road -- just in time for Art Basel.

See also: Businesses Worry as South Beach Construction Moves on to West Avenue

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Florida's Text While Driving Ban May Actually Get Some Teeth

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Passed in 2013, Florida's law outlawing texting while driving isn't really so much of a ban as it is a gentle plea to "please don't do that." Cops cannot pull you over solely for texting while driving, and even then the highest fine is just $60.

In fact, as of September, when the law had been in effect for a year, only 352 tickets had been issued here in Miami-Dade, the state's largest county (with perhaps the worst drivers).

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Motorcyclist Loses Control During Wheelie Spree, Falls From I-95 to His Death

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A man performs a stunt on his motorcycle.Motorcyclists performing death-defying stunts at high speeds while weaving through traffic on I-95 are not, unfortunately, an unusual sight in Miami, but last night those tricks proved deadly for one man.

Police say the man, either 25 or 26 years old, lost control of his bike while driving at high speeds and popping wheelies. He crashed into a light pole, the bike caught fire, and the driver was ejected over the side of the elevated interstate.

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Judge: Hollywood Violated State Law With Red Light Camera Ticket

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Photo by Derek Jensen via Wikimedia Commons
Yesterday Eric Arem, a Hollywood resident, won a court ruling: His red light camera citation was thrown out.

At issue was that Arem hadn't actually received the ticket from the City of Hollywood. Instead, it was issued by a Tempe, Arizona-based company, American Traffic Solutions (ATS). ATS operates the majority of Florida's hugely unpopular red light cameras, and the City of Hollywood had allowed the company to issue tickets when it caught cars speeding through the lights.

"Such outsourcing to a third-party for-profit vendor... to issue uniform traffic citations for red light camera violations is contrary to the plain wording of the Florida Statutes," wrote Judge Mark Klingensmith.

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