By Michelle de Carion A traffic engineer writing in The Atlantic minces no words when he accuses the Florida Department of Transportation of the "greatest pedestrian massacre in U.S. history." FDOT and similar agencies "have blood on their hands, and more than a little," he says. Jeff Speck say ... More >>
Florida is pretty much sinking into the ocean. This is no longer in question. The real question here is, What the hell is being done about it? For now, the only answer politicians seem to have is to look at the ocean, which is exactly what Sen. Bill Nelson and a bunch of other senators are coming d ... More >>
Officials estimate that there are fewer than 200 Florida panthers roaming the state. Although the method of counting is imprecise, the big cat is -- by any measure -- far from getting off the endangered species list. When one gets hit by a car and killed, it's a pretty big deal.
Biking in South Florida is dangerous. Given what we see in the news cycle on an almost daily basis down here, that can be said flatly. Hell, last year cyclists riding down the Rickenbacker Causeway were shot in the leg and back by teenagers armed with BB-Guns. So, after a cyclist took a bad fall ... More >>
Fort Lauderdale is beautiful. Lots of beaches. Lots of yachts. Great nightlife. And pretty damned deadly when you're crossing the street. Welp, you take the good with the bad! This according to a new report by Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition ominously titled "Danger ... More >>
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 ... More >>
The new I-595 reversible lanes will kick off at 2 p.m. on March 26, the Florida Department of Transportation has announced. To alleviate congestion, three sets of reversible lanes will move traffic east in the morning, then west in the evening. As a sort of test run, the lanes will be free to comm ... More >>
The Florida Department of Transportation is about to increase the rate to drive from the Golden Glades interchange to Interstate 395 from 25 cents to 50 cents. That's mainly because state officials had underestimated how much people hate the crap out of sitting in jammed-up traffic on I-95. On a r ... More >>
A lot of people in South Florida's biking community were upset to see that Ray Strack, a leader of the monthly Critical Mass bike rides in Fort Lauderdale, got hit by a car while riding to get a loaf of bread on January 2. He is currently home recovering from a broken vertebrae and head gashes, bu ... More >>
Know what we need more around these parts? Crazy-ass drivers challenging Chuck Yeager's sound barrier speed record on our highways. And thanks to some lawmakers, that just may happen sooner than we think. Florida Sens. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, and Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, have joined for ... More >>
A recent study on bridges by the Associated Press found that 7,795 of the nation's bridges have been designated both "structurally deficient" and "fracture critical," meaning that almost 8,000 U.S. bridges are under an increased risk of collapsing. But the same study says Florida's bridges remain a ... More >>
Heads up, people that commute the East Las Olas Boulevard Bridge. Due to construction, the bridge will be closed Thursday night to Friday morning. So you may want to take the detour, or find another route if you travel through and around Ft. Lauderdale beach.
State officials have underestimated how much people hate the crap out of sitting in jammed up traffic on I-95. So much so that they are now looking to propose raising the maximum toll rate from $1 to $1.50 a mile. The initial idea for charging a toll on the express lanes was to reduce traffic in t ... More >>
Streetcars conjure up visions of San Francisco, New Orleans, Uncle Ben's Rice, and that Marlon Brando movie where he pleads for his wife to return to him after he beats her. But now, it will also conjure up downtown Fort Lauderdale because Ft. Lauderdale Commissioners have unanimously approved a pl ... More >>
Streetcars conjure up visions of San Francisco, New Orleans, Uncle Ben's Rice, and that Marlon Brando movie where he pleads for his wife to return to him after he beats her. But now, it will also conjure up downtown Fort Lauderdale and, also, the future, because the Broward County Commission has ... More >>
Up north this weekend, they did that thing with the cars, a whole lot of them, going vroom vroom, around and around and around and around, in the big wide circle, and everyone cheering for five minutes and then they drink MGD, and country music and America and white people -- you know what we're tal ... More >>
Late last week, a great call went out among the bureaucracies to assemble behind an apparently innocuous, win-win plan: an automobile-free pathway cutting through the Everglades so that walkers and bikers can enjoy the quiet beauty of the park without concern. Who could be against that? It was perfe ... More >>
The Broward County Commission is considering an emergency fix to repair the sidewalks along A1A north of Sunrise Boulevard after Hurricane Sandy and ocean swells caused beach erosion that ultimately sucked portions of the street into the sea. The commission is looking for approval of $3 million for ... More >>
See also "Urban Sprawl Kills Endangered Florida Panther"Some lawsuits make you want to punch mankind's collective crotch and pray to the gods that the Mayans are right about the whole 2012 thing. Case in point: Kenneth Nolan filed a suit in Broward County Court seeking $15,000 from th ... More >>
Place a few all-watching eyes at intersections throughout South Florida and reckless driving takes on a whole new meaning.American Traffic Solutions -- the Big Brotheresque company that operates about a dozen red light cameras in Broward and another 26 in Miami-Dade -- scoured its footage for the ... More >>
FDOTHipster about to become tank food.Oh, the things you can learn from state-funded advertising campaigns -- like drinking formaldehyde in science class looks strange.Now, thanks to the Florida Department of Transportation, we know that being run over by cars looks like it really hurts.The FDOT ... More >>
Hmm, Quite.Activists protesting the death of baby sea turtles because of Fort Lauderdale's flawed beach lighting know how to get Mayor Jack Seiler's attention: holding signs up against the windows of City Hall during a commission meeting, passing out his private cell phone number, calling him a m ... More >>
blogomatic3000.comHe didn't like the idea of an almost-free high-speed train, and he vetoed plans to restore a Holocaust rail car, but Gov. Rick Scott finally found a train he likes -- the SunRail, with a price tag of $1.2 billion, including a cost of more than a half-billion dollars to the state ... More >>
Florida Department of TransportationApparently spreading propaganda isn't easy -- that's why the Republican Party of Florida is asking for your help.On the Republican Party of Florida-sponsored website rickscottforflorida.com, they politely ask that you please take the "talking points" they have ... More >>
Florida Department of TransportationDon't talk to this guy if you want to be president.If you plan on running for president, don't go anywhere near Florida Gov. Rick Scott.In an interview on Pensacola-based NewsRadio 1620-AM this morning, host Rob Williams mentioned that the last time Scott came ... More >>
Thanks, Governor, for saving us all from helpful public transport.Remember that high-speed rail project that Governor Rick Scott rejected? The bullet train between Tampa and Orlando would've been the first of its kind in the country, made possible by $2.4 million in federal funds.But Scott return ... More >>
"I didn't fight to become Gov. of the greatest state in nation to settle for a status quo that doesn't promote the potential of our people," tweeted Rick Scott in a typical bout of unsubstantiated braggadocio. See also: "Florida can become the most innovative and effective place in the country to ... More >>
Flickr User: NIOSH - Nat Inst for Occupational Safety & HealthYou work for Calvin, Giordano, right? This summer, the Juice brought you the troubling tale of the City of Pembroke Pines' decision to outsource its building department to a private consulting firm, Calvin, Giordano & Associate ... More >>
Flickr user: UN1SONAronberg (pictured) may have found a pinata for his AG's campaignSen. Dave Aronberg from Greenacres has convinced the Florida Department of Transportation to abandon its practice of awarding automatic annual raises to private contractors, and now the Florida Attorney General ca ... More >>
Sell one of our most traveled freeways to some foreigners? Might as well just give 'em a Budweiser.
Taser the Baby With the Bath Water
High School Kids Channel Darwin & Co.
No Robin Hood in these woods. Just big hearts, tough times, plenty of soul, and keep the Ice Light comin'
Throw Caution to the Sky
J-Rod Strikes Out
A compromise to widen A1A could kill
A casino's comin' to Hollywood. It's a big gamble.
You can beat City Hall. Just make friends with the mayor.
West Palm planner Joe Minicozzi sure doesn't sound like a bureaucrat
Railroad noise and bureaucracy can't stymie a hearty bunch from Pompano Beach
The "roundabouts" planned for A1A along Fort Lauderdale beach may end up looking pretty, but traffic could get ugly
The beleaguered DOT needed some good press about its new 17th Street Causeway bridge. How much? About half a million dollars' worth.