On the Florida Roundup, we discuss the week's top news with area journalists.
Summit of the Americas
The State Department recommended this week removing Cuba from the U.S. list of countries that sponsor terrorism - a move that could speed up normalizing relations with the island. Though no formal announcement has been made yet to remove Cuba from the list, Obama said a decision on it would be soon. The two leaders will be together at the Summit of the Americas for the first time.
Friday is the last day of classes for Miami-Dade and Broward County public schools. Students are on Spring Break next week. Florida Highway Patrol visited South Miami High school to warn students about driving during the break.
This is Trooper Joe Sanchez’s fifth year visiting South Miami students.
"We expect more motorists out on the road. Our traffic is gonna increase in South Florida," says Sanchez. "Come down here. Have a great time. Enjoy yourself, but be careful."
He says because there are more drivers on the streets, there are usually more incidents.
Early in the morning on September 8, 1993, Uwe Rakebrand and his wife, Kathrin, are driving from the Miami airport to a hotel on Miami Beach in their rented red Toyota Corolla. They have just arrived from Germany on a belated honeymoon.
As they approach I-95, the couple's car is bumped from behind. Kathrin had just read a crime brochure explaining what to do in this very type of situation, and Uwe follows its advice: Don’t pull over, it might be a robber.
There is nothing worse than a three paragraph preamble to a listicle. So all you need to know for this, in case you haven’t been following our End of the Road series, is that WLRN spent the last year doing stories about the final 87 miles of Interstate 95 -- the South Florida stretch. We’ve learned some very useful/strange things along the way.
Please enjoy the following facts for personal use and distribution while attending local cocktail and dinner parties.
Dutch officials went through a slideshow of road projects that have made the Netherlands one of the safest places in the world to ride a bicycle and showed a short film illustrating cycling culture in the low-lying European kingdom.
South Florida drivers will need to relearn the ins-and-outs of the I-95 express lanes. Specifically where to get in and where to get out.
“Phase 2” of 95 Express will extend the so-called “Lexus Lanes” to Broward Boulevard. Weather permitting, the expansion is scheduled to open this spring. Those plastic divider poles could start popping up this month.
Key West police detectives recently conducted an undercover sting operation they called "Operation Safe Hire" targeting Uber drivers. Two drivers were cited with violating city ordinances that require drivers of vehicle for hire to have a permit from the city and for the vehicles themselves to have a special license.
The maximum penalty for each violation is a fine of up to $500 and up to 60 days in jail.
Florida’s new child seat law goes into effect Thursday, Jan. 1.
In 2014, the Palm Beach Post called Florida’s old child-seat law “the most lax car seat law in the nation.” Under those rules, children were allowed to stop sitting in car seats as soon as they turned 4.
Under the new law, children must be in a car seat until they turn 6. Parents and immediate family members could be fined $60 and get three points on their licenses for failing to comply.