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Florida Roundup: U.S. And Cuba At The Summit

Apr 10, 2015

  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.

Presidential Aspirations

Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

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.

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Sections of Biscayne Boulevard will be closed starting Friday morning in anticipation of the Miami ePrix, a 39-lap race that will send high-speed electric cars zipping along US-1, under I-395 and around American Airlines Arena.

Frank Gilbert has been nudged a few times while riding a bike to work. Nudged is his term for cars bumping into him.

If you close your eyes and think of someone riding a bike to work, you might picture spandex and neon helmets. Maybe jean shorts and a handlebar mustache.

CW Griffin / Miami Herald

South Florida’s graffiti problem in the 1990’s had a poster child: Crook and Crome.

They had tags in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Illustration by Wilson Sayre

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.

Kenny Malone

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.

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

Junette Reyes / WLRN

The future of Miami-Dade’s transportation system was the topic of the 2015 Transportation Summit, held at the Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus Chapman Conference Center today.

County officials and residents gathered to pinpoint problems and brainstorm solutions. 

Daniel Christensen / Wikimedia Commons under CC BY-SA 3.0

  On January 12, cyclists, county officials and Dutch cycling experts convened at HistoryMiami in downtown for ThinkBike2015, a four-day workshop focused on making Miami a more connected and safer place for cyclists.

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.

Another short video drew “aahs” and gasps.

LISTEN: A Father-Daughter Dance With I-95 Destiny

Jan 14, 2015
Kenny Malone / WLRN

Sixteen-year-old Nina Galoppi says she and her friends simply call I-95 "The Big Road." Many of them avoid it altogether, opting instead for slower, smaller roads to get around.

"It's a really scary road when you think about it," Galoppi says. "That’s where the adults, that’s where trucks, everyone drives there. You don’t want to drive there if you don’t have to."

Images from FDOT.

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: Don't Share This Ride

Dec 31, 2014
Graphic by Uber. Color darkened by WLRN for clarity.

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.

New Year, New Child-Seat Law

Dec 31, 2014
Miki Yoshihito / Flickr CC

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.

Gerhardt Family

There’s a new mass bike ride coming to South Florida. This one is designed to appeal to families.

Kidical Mass wants to get parents and kids on bicycles and tricycles. Little ones who are too young to pedal will ride in specially designed baskets or wagons.

But organizer Rima Gerhardt says don't call it Critical Mass for kids.

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