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Uber Expands Throughout Florida, Still Faces Legal Battles In South Florida

An Uber graphic touting their new expansion through Florida.
An Uber graphic touting their new expansion through Florida.
An Uber graphic touting their new expansion through Florida.
Credit Graphic by Uber. Color darkened by WLRN for clarity.
An Uber graphic touting their new expansion through Florida.

From Pensacola to Key West, the ride-sharing companyUberannounced that its app-based service -- specifically its lower cost "uberX" service -- will now be available in dozens of new locations around Florida including Naples, Sarasota, Fort Myers and the Florida Keys.

"Now we’re nearly everywhere in Florida," an announcement claimed on the company's blog. "As of today, over 82 percent of Floridians have access to Uber!"

Uber often faces an uphill legal battle when moving into a new market. Broward County has made headlines recently with its hard line against Uber and its competitor Lyft. Commissioners warned that drivers' cars will be impounded if they continue to operate in the county.

The company has yet to claim Fort Lauderdale among its Uber-ized cities. Its website does, however, list Miami even though an effort to reform taxi laws and legalize the Uber business model has  stalled in Miami-Dade County.

Below, a full list of Uber's new locations.

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Credit http://blog.uber.com/LaunchFL

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