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‘Ride for hire’ being considered in Miami Beach

As Miami-Dade County considers legalizing ride-for-hire services, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine wants the feds to weigh in.

Levine wants to ask the Federal Trade Commission to comment on proposed county legislation that would allow companies such as Lyft and Uber to do business in Miami-Dade. The mayor has placed an item on Wednesday’s Miami Beach commission agenda to formally reach out to the federal commission “in the interests of fair competition and consumer protection.”

Car services that use mobile apps to connect drivers with paying passengers have been operating illegally in Miami-Dade, and the taxi industry has fought against the new business model.

Levine called current bans on alternative car-hiring services “a restraint on trade.”

“I can only speak for Miami Beach, and we really need alternative transportation options,” he said.

Miami Beach doesn’t have much of a say in the proposed regulations regarding the car services, since the county has jurisdiction over transportation issues.

Also on Wednesday, Beach commissioners are expected to open up the bid process for companies interested in redesigning the city’s convention center. Miami Beach wants to hire a firm that will complete design documents and construct a $500 million renovation.

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