Freebee Shuttles Are Expanding Across South Florida With Public Subsidies. Could Uber be Next?

For the past few years, Freebee Shuttles have operated in the urban centers of Miami, where population is dense enough that advertising revenue from the shuttles can pay for their operation, like Downtown Miami and South Beach, but now Miami-Dade transit is allowing transit dollars to be used to subsidies the expansion of Freebee into cities where there isn’t a large enough population to justify trolley service, reports the Miami Herald. And Uber could be next.

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Downtown Miami’s Upcoming YotelPad Drops Updated Unit Renders

YotelPad Miami, the combination condo and hotel tower coming to Downtown Miami under the Yotel brand, has released updated interior renderings of its 231 residential units. (The building will also have 222 traditional hotel rooms) The close-to-micro-unit condos are characterized by their compact and efficient square footages (somehow they squeeze two bedroom units into 700 square feet, for example) and for having zero rental restrictions. Short term, long term, you name it.

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Donald Trump and The Contentious Creation of Mar-a-Lago

Like everything the Donald does, the conversion of the historic Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach into a private club in 1995 was thick with controversy, with Trump himself often playing the bad guy. In the first few years, there was scheming, sex, and decadence, the perfect storm for a great story about the 1 percent. The latest issue of Vanity Fair features an essay by Laurence Leamer, author of Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Trump’s Presidential Palace. Here are the juiciest tidbits from the story:

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Fort Lauderdale’s Giant Limestone and Gold Palace Has Gone for $42.5 Million

A notoriously gaudy and gigantic mansion located in the town of Hillsboro Beach, next to Fort Lauderdale, known as both Playa Vista and Le Palais Royale sold at auction in November for a ‘record setting,’ price. However, the actual price itself was kept quiet by both buyer and seller until now, when the Sun Sentinel noticed that the sale had been recorded by the Broward County Property Appraiser, and made public record, revealing both the amount, and the buyer. It sold for $42.5 million.

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Five Great Miami Interior Designers to Look Out For

Miami is a city of interesting architecture and interior design. Those million dollar condos in buildings designed by some of the most famous and interesting international architects in the business (here’s looking at you One Thousand Museum, Park Grove, and Jade Signature) are magnificent blank canvases. Here are five local interior design firms working to make our city more beautiful and unique, inside and out.

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Miami Motel Stories Presents Immersive Theater and Local History on Miami’s Iconic Biscayne Boulevard

While you’re at this season’s iteration of Miami Motel Stories, the action surrounds you. You’re watching a short play set in a motel room, at some point in the history of the Gold Dust Motel on Miami’s iconic Biscayne Boulevard. The play takes up the entire room. But you can also hear thumping and pounding and shouting and muffled drama happening in the rooms all around you. The thin walls of the motel expose passion and life that are imbued in this place.

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Miami’s Design District & Wynwood Neighborhoods Are Competing for Tri-Rail. Which One Will Win?

Tri-Rail is coming to Downtown Miami sometime next year. When you consider that South Florida’s commuter rail network is finally accessing South Florida’s urban core, this is big news no matter how you slice it. First, Tri-Rail will head into Downtown Miami by taking an east-west rail line at 73rd Street and then heading south on the Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) tracks, thereby connecting it with the MiamiCentral rail terminal. But this is only the beginning

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A Tugboat With Pinball Flippers: Have You Seen This Water Cleaning Machine Ambling Around Miami’s Waterways?

The Scavenger 2000 looks like a small tugboat with arms, wings, or, heck, pinball machine flippers. It may not have the viral Facebook fame of Baltimore’s Mr. Trash Wheel, but the Scavenger 2000 is a more practical and effective vehicle. A Miami-based company called Water Management Technologies created the boat, which is designed to reduce water pollution as well as skim floating surface waste.

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