Hallandale Beach will continue issuing tickets as it sets up a special magistrate system, and might coordinate with other municipalities like Hollywood, said city spokesperson Peter Dobens.
At this point, the city is talking with other cities in the area about having a magistrate that will handle all of our cases, he said.
Surfside has five cameras and still isnt sure if it will be using them Monday.
Town administrators will meet Monday to discuss its legal options, then discuss them at a commission meeting in mid-July.
We may just go dark for a couple of weeks until the commission decides, or we may continue to issue citations, said Surfside Police Chief David Allen. It depends on what legal tells us on Monday.
City Manager Michael Crotty said the town needs to vote to create a citation appeals system.
We have no other option, he said. The commission must approve an ordinance to create the board at the next commission meeting.
Some cities, especially those that rely on revenue from their red-light cameras, prepared for the new law early.
Miami Springs expects about $600,000 in revenue from its red-light cameras next year, and the city is counting on that money, said City Manager Ron Gorland.
The city cant afford to just turn the cameras off or not send out the tickets they generate.
We are well underway with the court planning, code changes, etc, he said. Well be ready for the first appeal.
Miami Springs citys council voted 5-0 on Monday to create a local hearing board, Gorlond said.
Medley also is prepared, said City Attorney Michael Pizzi, and approved an ordinance to create local hearing boards weeks ago.
I started writing it while they were still in session in Tallahassee, Pizzi said. Medley will have its own traffic court starting Monday.
Medley makes about $500,000 a year from its four red-light cameras, Pizzi said.
Officials from Margate and North Miami said their cities are ready for the new law and will continue issuing citations Monday.
The new red-light camera measures are part of a sweeping 226-page highway safety bill passed during the last legislative session and signed by Governor Rick Scott on June 12.
The rules move red-light camera citation hearings out of the county court system and let drivers contest their tickets earlier.
Under current policy, drivers ticketed by a red-light camera must wait 30 days until their $158 notice of violation becomes a $264 Uniform Traffic Citation in order to contest it.
If they go to court and lose, theyre on the hook for the higher bill.
Starting Monday, motorists who get a ticket can ask for a hearing at any time.
The hearing will be run by a hearing officer from the city that issued the citation, and cities can charge drivers up to an additional $250 in fees if they lose, bringing the total cost of their ticket from $158 to $408.
Some cities, like Fort Lauderdale and Coral Gables, plan to use that money to cover the cost of creating the new hearings.
Coral Gables will charge drivers a $200 fee to cover administrative costs and use its current code-enforcement magistrates to hear red-light citation appeals, said Leen, the city attorney.
Miami Herald staff writers Joey Flechas, Patricia Borns, Jenny Staletovich, Rodolfo Roman, Angel L. Doval, Theo Karantsalis, Paradise Afshar, Lidia Dinkova and Sam Abbassi contributed to this report.