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Ros-Lehtinen, Beach officials push for access to the fast lane

Anxious Miami Beach officials huddled Tuesday with Florida Department of Transportation representatives, summoned by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who met with the group, along with representatives of Reps. Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart and Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

"We might be debating Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, but when you're talking about traffic in South Florida, that really impacts people,'' said Ros-Lehtinen, a Miami Republican whose district includes part of the Beach.  "As important as all those issues are, traffic congestion in South Florida . . . is very important.''

At issue: the beach's access to new high-speed commuter lanes along Interstate 95. And fears that a widening project will close ramps during the busy tourist season.

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