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American Airlines adds flights from Miami to Haiti's north coast

Daily service begins Oct. 2

Published On: Jul 28 2014 12:23:21 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 28 2014 05:57:05 PM EDT
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MIAMI -

American Airlines is adding flights from Miami to a second city in Haiti.

The airline based in Fort Worth, Texas, announced Monday that daily service between Miami International Airport and Cap-Haitien, Haiti, would begin Oct. 2. The route joins the airline's current nonstop service from Miami to Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince.

Cap-Haitien is located on Haiti's northern coast. Airline executive Art Torno in a statement called the new service "an important catalyst to develop the north coast and open up this historically significant destination."

In a statement from the airline, Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe said the Cap-Haitien route "represents a tremendous opportunity for significant economic impact" by connecting Miami with Haiti's second-largest city.

Airline officials said the new route will be operated with a Boeing 737-800.

Key West among 10 best small cities in the country

Ernest Hemigway's love affair with Key West still attracts travelers

Author: Andrea Torres, Local10.com Reporter, atorres@local10.com
Published On: Jul 23 2014 12:04:38 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 23 2014 12:06:59 PM EDT

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The sun sinks over the Gulf of Mexico seen from Key West, Florida.

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The southernmost city in the nation made it to the list of top 10 small cities published on the Condé Nast Traveler magazine.

Key West earned the 10th place, because it "retains the distinctly unique flavor of its original 19th century immigrant population of Conchs from the Bahamas," said David Jefferys in the Condé Nast magazine.

Condé Nast Traveler's readerspicked the spots based on access to cultural attractions, stylish hotels and charm. The Key West hotels recommended were the Marquesa, near Duval Street, and the Gardens estate houses.

The other nine small cities were: Sedona, Aspen, Jackson Hole, Santa Barbara, New Port, Telluride, Napa, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and Santa Fe.

Section of southbound Interstate 95 in need of serious repair

Golden Glades South to 125th Street possibly worst 3-mile stretch of I-95 in South Fla.

Author: Roger Lohse, Reporter, rlohse@Local10.com
Published On: Jul 22 2014 05:39:30 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 22 2014 06:30:00 PM EDT

I-95 repairs needed

CATCH THE SNAKE WHEN CHIKUNGUNYA THEY BELIEVE IS NOT CONVENIENT US IN. IF YOU'VE DRIVEN OH I-95 SOUTHBOUND RECENTLY YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED SOME OF THE INTERSTATE IS IN NEED OF SERIOUS REPAIR. THE SECTION WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE IS FROM THE GOLDEN GLADES SOUTH TO 125th STREET. LOCAL10 NEWS REPORTER ROGER LOHSE WENT OUT IN SEARCH OF ANSWERS TODAY AND HE JOINS US LIVE NOW WITH MORE FROM I-95 WITH WHAT HE UNCOVERED. ROGER. Reporter: CALVIN, YOU TALK ABOUT A WHITE-KNUCKLE DRIVE. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MOTORISTS DRIVE THESE LANES EVERY SINGLE DAY. TAKE A LOOK. AND UNFORTUNATELY FOR THEM, THIS BUMPY ROAD, WELL, IT IS ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER. IT'S GOT TO BE THE WORST THREE-MILE STRETCH OF I-95 IN SOUTH FLORIDA. SOUTHBOUND DRIVERS WHO MAKE IT THROUGH THE GOLDEN GLADES ARE GREETED WITH THIS, A TREACHEROUS PATCHWORK OF CRACKED CONCRETE, UNEVEN LANES AND RAPED POTHOLES. DRIVERS HAVE TO HOLD ONTO THE WHEEL TITLE AS THEIR CARS LITERALLY BOUNCE DOWN THE HIGHWAY. IT LOOKS LIKE THEY PATCHED EVERYTHING, AND ROUGHLY PATCHED IT, TOO. WE TOOK LOCAL MECH BILL BRUINING ALONG FORA BUMPY RIDE DOWN I-95 TO GET HIS TAKE ON HOW THIS ROUGH ROAD CAN ROUGH YOU UP YOUR CAR. THIS IS WHAT KILLS SHOCKS, BALL JOINTS, BUSHINGS. Reporter: HE SAID THE PARTS DESIGNED TO ABSORB THE BUMPS IN THE ROAD GET PUSHED TO THE LIMIT ON UNEVEN SURFACES LOOK THIS, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'RE MOVING AT 65 MILES AN HOUR. WHEN YOU HAVE ROADS THAT HAVE POTHOLES AND ARE IN DISREPAIR, IT JUST BEATS UP SUSPENSION PARTS. Reporter: THE QUESTION IS HOW WAS THIS STRETCH OF I-95 ALLOWED TO GET SO BAD? THE ANSWER, BECAUSE CREWS ARE ACTUALLY WORKING TO MAKE IT BETTER. THE ACTUAL CONCRETE SLABS ARE THE AREAS WHERE THE REPAIRS ARE TAKING PLACE. Reporter: JULIET VALENCIA WITH THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS CREWS HAVE ALREADY REPAIRED MORE THAN 700 POTHOLES, CRACKS AND ROUGH SPOTS ON THE ROAD. THEY'VE GOT ABOUT ANOTHER 300 TO FIX, AND THEY BE THE ENTIRE ROAD WILL BE RESURFACED. IT'S A $5.4 MILLION PROJECT, ONE THE STATE HOPES TO HAVE COMPLETE BY THE END OF THE YEAR. KEEP IN MIND THAT THESE ARE ALL SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS THAT ARE TAKING PLACE. OUR ROADS AIR LITTLE BUMPY RIGHT NOW. IT DEFINITELY WILL BE A MORE PLEASANT RIDE. AND OUR MECHANIC SAID THAT YOU HUTT ONE OF THESE BIG BUMPS THE WOK WAY OR HIT IT TOO FAST, IT CAN ACTUALLY KNOCK YOUR CAR OUT OF ALIGNMENT OR LOOSEN SOME OF THE IMPORTANT STEERING COMPONENTS. HE SAID THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOUR VEHICLE WHEN YOU'RE TRAVELING PARTICULARLY THIS STRETCH OF ROAD ON I-95 IS SLOW IT DOWN.

MIAMI -

If you've driven on Interstate 95 southbound recently, you may have noticed some of the interstate is in need of serious repair.

The section is from the Golden Glades South to 125th Street -- possibly the worst three-mile stretch of I-95 in South Florida.

Southbound drivers who make it through the Golden Glades are greeted with a treacherous patchwork of cracked concrete, uneven lanes and repaired potholes. Drivers have to hold on to the wheel tightly as their cars bounce down the highway.

"It looks like they've patched everything," said mechanic Bill Bruening, of Hallandale Complete Auto. "And roughly patched it, too."

Local 10 took Bruening along for a bumpy ride down I-95 to get his take on how the rough road can rough up your car.

"Now this is what kills shocks, ball joints, bushings," said Bruening.

Bruening said the parts designed to absorb the bumps in the road get pushed to the limit on uneven surfaces, especially when you're moving at 65 miles an hour.

"When you have road that have potholes and are in disrepair, it just beats up suspension parts," Bruening said.

Take too many hard hits, Bruening said you can knock your car out of alignment or loosen important steering components.

The question is how was the stretch of I-95 allowed to get so bad. The answer is because crews are working to make it better.

"The actual concrete slabs are the areas where the repairs are taking place," said Juliette Valencia, with the Florida Department of Transportation.

Valencia said crews have already repaired more than 700 potholes, cracks and rough spots on the road; They've got about another 300 to fix and then the entire road will be resurfaced. It's a $5.4 million project the state hopes to have complete by the end of the year.

"Keep in mind that these are all safety improvements that are taking place, that although it's a little bumpy right now, it definitely will be a more pleasant ride," said Valencia.

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