SoFlo Scoop: MDX Refund Program hits record; Affordable housing loses $1.3 billion; Federer vs. Nadal at the Miami Open

2017-04-03T07:14:05+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Roundups|

Good morning South Florida! Today is Monday, April 3. Miami is expected to be mostly sunny with a high 83 and low 74; Key West will be sunny with a high 82 and low 76; Fort Lauderdale will also be sunny with a high 84 and low 74, and for those in Naples expect sunny skies with a high 84 and low 71. Time to get smart fast:

  • Miami-Dade Expressway Authority broke the record of drivers who registered for rebates under the Frequent Driver Rewards Program. The 3-year-old program allows drivers with a SunPass account to qualify to a rebate if they spend a minimum of $100 annually on any of the five MDX expressway. MDX chairman Louis Martinez said this year more than 12,000 people signed up during the first 24 hours. Miami Herald
  • Florida Legislature proposed to move $1.3 billion from affordable housing trust fund into the general revenue fund. The funds were intended to support private and federal funding to help build affordable housing for the workforce, the elderly and disabled as the state grew. However, lawmakers are breaking their promises and of the $1.87 billion collected, $1.3 billion is being drawn away for other purposes. Miami Herald
  • The Florida House and Senate health budget committees recommend cutting hospital payments during the first round of budget recommendations. Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami and Florida Hospital in Orlando would be greatly affected. The House has proposed to cutting $622 million from hospitals, while the Senate proposed to cut $260 million. Naples News
  • Longtime rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal went face to face as they move up in finals on Sunday at the Miami Open. Federer beat Nadal in Australian Open and en route to Indian Wells title. Federer won 6-3, 6-4. Sun-Sentinel
  • A cease-and-desist order was sent to the ride-sharing company Lyft from the Key West city officials because of a local law requiring specific permits held by taxi companies. Lyft recently added Key West and the Florida Keys to its list of more than 300 cities. Code of Compliance Director Jim Young said police will get involved if Lyft doesn’t voluntarily comply with the city’s order. Miami Herald

— Magaly Duarte, South Florida News Service