All Aboard Florida: Small-Town Politicians Are Trying to Ruin Your Shot at Miami-Orlando High Speed Rail

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It's a no-brainer that high-speed rail would make everybody's lives a little more bearable -- especially in Florida, where a simple shot up I-95 at the wrong time of day can be a Bataan Death March. Gov. Rick Scott has already flubbed one opportunity for high-speed rail between Tampa and Orlando by refusing federal funding.

But a new private project, All Aboard Florida, is hoping to fire trains from Miami to Orlando in three hours, with stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm. Great news, right? Well, a growing number of small-town politicians are beating on the project like a piƱata.

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Fort Lauderale PD Announces Memorial Day Road Closures

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Memorial Day weekend is almost upon us, and the Fort Lauderdale Police Department has announced road closures, in preparation for the Great American Beach Party.

They're also warning folks that they'll be out in force this weekend, making sure people don't act a fool.

Police will be erecting barricades throughout the city to restrict vehicular access in residential areas to "local traffic only." Residents who live in those neighborhoods will likely be asked for ID to be able to drive through the restricted areas.

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All Aboard Florida Will Bring $6 Billion to State, Study Says

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A local economic consulting firm released a study on Wednesday that says All Aboard Florida will add nearly $2.4 billion in jobs over the next eight years to Florida, and $653 million in tax revenue.

All Aboard Florida, which is a private rail service that plans on running a passenger train from Miami to Orlando with stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, hired Coral Gables-based The Washington Economics Group Inc., to study the overall impact to the state.

And, as far as the group is concerned, it's all positive for Florida.

See also: All Aboard Florida Addresses Noise Concerns in Letter to Congressman Patrick Murphy

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Fort Lauderdale Named Among the Best Cities for Parking Your Car

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Ever find yourself complaining about how expensive parking is in Fort Lauderdale? Of course you do. Parking is enough of a pain in the ass to begin with; then you have to put a dent in your bank account to do it.

But take heart!

Because it's not as bad as you think it is.

Turns out, people living in other parts of the U.S. have it much worse than we do when it comes to forking over cash for parking.

In fact, Fort Lauderdale is one of the best cities for parking.

See also: Fort Lauderdale Named Fifth Greenest Midsized City

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Drone Nearly Collided With Airliner Over Florida

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The Federal Aviation Administration says an unmanned drone nearly collided with a commercial US Airways jet over Florida several weeks ago.

The FAA says the possibility of drones and planes crashing into one another is becoming more and more a threat.

According to reports, on March 22, the 50-seat airliner almost crashed into the drone as the plane approached the Tallahassee Regional Airport at about 2,300 feet.

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All Aboard Florida Addresses Noise Concerns in Letter to Congressman Patrick Murphy

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All Aboard Florida, the private rail service that plans on running a passenger train from Miami to Orlando with stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, has written a letter to its biggest South Florida critic, addressing some of the bigger concerns.

Congressman Patrick E. Murphy has spoken out on his concerns about the 110-mph trains that would be running all day and sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott last week about looking into installing "quiet zones" along the route to eliminate the need for trains to blare their horns every time they pass through.

But installing quiet zones can be costly, having local governments pony up $150,000 to $250,000 per rail crossing.

The company that owns All Aboard Florida, Florida East Coast Industries, plans on running 32 trains a day up and down the state's coastline starting in early 2016.

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Broward Woman and Service Dog Unfairly Kicked Off WestJet Flight, Lawsuit Says

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Face it: The glam days of air travel are dead and buried. Now, it's $50 for that carry-on, $6.75 for water from the cart -- plus tax -- though attitude from overworked flight attendants is gratis.

According to a lawsuit filed in South Florida, one air carrier went overkill with the crummy service on a flight out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. A sick lady and her dog were treated poorly, and the entire plane had to turn around on the tarmac and return to the gate.

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Florida Drivers Warned About Fake Toll Violation Letter Scam

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The Florida Department of Transportation is warning people about a mail scam involving a fake letter asking to pay an overdue toll fine.

The letter, which comes from the official-sounding but extremely fake Toll Enforcement LLC, or TELC Inc., is trying to dupe people into sending a cashier's check for $57 to cover a final warning notice for an outstanding toll payment.

The letter goes on to warn the recipient that failure to comply will lead to a $500 penalty or a suspension of his or her driver's license.

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AAA Offers Free Towing for St. Patrick's Day

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If you've had a few too many green beers later tonight, keep those keys in your pocket and call AAA, which is offering free towing tonight for impaired drivers.

The company's "Tow to Go" program is offered throughout Florida and Georgia on big drinking holidays such as New Year's and St. Pat's.

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Man Who Disrupted JetBlue Flight Was Headed to Rehab in Fort Lauderdale

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On Friday, we reported on a JetBlue flight bound for Fort Lauderdale that was forced to divert to Jacksonville because of an unruly passenger.

And it appears that the passenger, who was reportedly drunk, was headed to a rehab center.

"I want to make sure everybody on the plane knows that I'm in the military and you can buy me drinks," the man reportedly announced during the flight. He also asked a flight attendant for free drinks because he was in the military.

Turns out, he was never in the military.

See also: JetBlue Flight From Boston to Fort Lauderdale Diverted to Jacksonville Because of Unruly Passenger

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