The SoFlo Scoop: Uber preferred over taxis; Protests against Miami-Dade mayor; Delray man wins $2.1 million from scratch-off lotto ticket

2017-02-15T07:57:36+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Roundups|

Good morning South Florida! Today is Wednesday, Feb. 1. Miami will be partly cloudy and expected to have a high of 77 and a low of 65, while Key West will also be partly cloudy with a high of 76 and a low of 69. Fort Lauderdale will be partly cloudy with a high of 76 and a low of 65, while Naples will also be partly cloudy with a high of 78 and a low of 56. Time to get smart fast:

  • Uber, the online transportation network, has dominated the taxi industry in Miami and other big cities across the United States. In 2014, Uber accounted for only 17 percent of expense-account transactions for transportation, while in 2016 that number shot up to 67 percent. Miami Herald
  • Boats will not have access to the drawbridge on the New River from Feb. 11-23. During these 12 days, upgrades will be made to accommodate Brightline, a train service connecting Miami to Orlando. A lawsuit had been filed to block the work, but failed. Sun Sentinel
  • A Delray Beach man won more than $2 million from a scratch-off lottery ticket he purchased at a liquor store. Stephane Lallier, 48, claimed the winning ticket in Tallahassee. The game called “Gold Rush” is priced at $20. Sun Sentinel
  • Just a few days after Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez told county officials to obey President Donald Trump’s immigration order, protesters gathered and held a rally against the policy. The protest took place Monday at the Stephen P. Clark Center from 4-6 p.m. The mayor signed the order last Thursday. WSVN
  • An assistant principal for Fienberg-Fisher K-8 Center was arrested on federal child porn charges Tuesday morning, Miami-Dade County Public Schools officials confirmed. Don Clippinger had been working in the district for 23 years. He will appear in court Wednesday. CBS Miami/NBC 6

— Stefano Rivera, South Florida News Service