“We love Uber. We love Uber,” one of our party joyously shouted as we slipped into a spotless SUV after dinner and drinks at a Fort Lauderdale beach restaurant. “Uber loves you too,” our driver/entrepreneur said softly. However, Broward County’s opinion of our transaction between consenting parties continues to be, well, not so enthusiastic.

“Broward commissioners said they’re not necessarily opposed to having the 21st Century, app-driven ride service in town,” reports the Sun Sentinel. “But the company’s brash approach to business — operating outside the laws that govern cabs and limos — rankled them. “

Our group lost its collective ride-sharing virginity a couple days ago when a very cool middle school teacher of special needs kids hauled us to Gulfstream for a test of our four-legged animal performance clairvoyance.

Driving tourists around south Florida is the perfect part-time job for a guy who works with autistic kids by day. Barry was as calm and patient as one would expect. The teacher happily took a walk on the beach when we pushed our departure back 15 minutes, and fielded our barrage of questions about Uber easily.

Cops had been issuing $1,000 tickets to Uber drivers at the airport, he told us. However, the company has paid them and drivers (with their customers) continue to thumb their noses at the Broward County commissioners. As of last month the county had issued 117 citations.

“Pull back. Then we’ll talk,” Commissioner Dale Holness told the local paper last month. “But don’t come slap me in my face and expect that I’m going to bow to you. No.” The commissioner may not have felt it, but we slapped him multiple times on our trip.

Uber says it’s in the technology business, not the taxi business. The county’s laws shouldn’t apply. It has no drivers, doesn’t buy gas or vehicles. The market provides the quality control function through an Uber rating system. Both drivers and passengers get rated. So don’t act up when you get a ride.

Ex-Broward Mayor Barbara Sharief sees it otherwise, saying, “You have real cars, you have real people. They’re collecting fares … So why do you all feel that you can come down and not get the appropriate licenses?’ New mayor Tim Ryan, asked Uber rep David Barmore point blank: “Are you going to continue to violate the county law and have your drivers operate in Broward County?”’

I might have replied, “The law is an ass.” Instead, Barmore was appropriately diplomatic but equally terse. “Until an agreement is made, we will continue.” Thank goodness for Uber’s combined guts and innovation.

We took a cab from the airport as well as to and from a local mall, giving us the incentive to try the competition (thankfully a tech savvy friend already had the Uber app downloaded).

The local taxis were the usual dirty and claustrophobic. Calling a cab company from the mall provides an illustration of why the likes of Uber and Lyft are sorely needed in the market place.

Me: “I need a cab.”

Cab company dispatcher: “Where are you?”

Me: “A mall. I’m new in town, not sure which one.”

Dispatcher (with attitude): “Which mall? I can’t send a car if I don’t know where you are.”

I asked a stranger for the name of the mall and relayed the information to the annoyed dispatcher.

Dispatcher: “Which door?”

I tell her the northeast door. (At this point I thought about saying to her, “Listen, why don’t I download the Uber app. They for sure know where I am.”)

Dispatcher: “By the theater?”

Me: “Yes, a theater is across the parking lot.”

Dispatcher: “Okay, a driver is on the way.” Click.

A few minutes later the driver pulled up…in front of the theater across the parking lot. We ran through the rain to catch our government-regulated ride.

Broward commissioners say they are worried about the unfettered market damaging customers. Brittany Wallman writes for the Sun Sentinel, “But commissioners were rattled by what they’d heard was a lack of consumer protections.

“The company has an office in Miami, but not Broward. And customers cannot reach Uber by telephone; they must email complaints.” The commissioners can take my word for it, you can call the local cab company; however, the experience is less than satisfying.

Yes, Uber charges more, much more, on nights like Halloween when people want to bar hop with the aid of a personal driver. But the commissioners are not hip to having supply-and-demand dictate pricing. “What’s important to me is consumer protection,” Commissioner Lois Wexler told Wallman after hearing stories about “surge pricing.”

Most days and nights Uber is cheaper and the product is better. And payment is made via credit card. Cab drivers most always insist on cash. For instance, I would have preferred to pay with a credit card coming from the airport, however, the driver pleaded that he must have cash to pay his rent.

Rate ceilings on cab rides provide the same outcome as rent controlled apartments. Drivers and their companies have no incentive to have clean cars, or to be friendly and helpful. Their government granted and protected monopolies ensure that the poorest service is provided at the highest price. Drivers and dispatchers are not being rated on the spot. Instead, cab company lobbyists manipulate politicians and call it consumer protection.

For the moment, the lobbyists, who are used to having their way, are frustrated. Wallman writes, “Lobbyist George Platt, representing an airport shuttle company, said he was in ‘the Uber twilight zone’ watching the company ‘thumb their nose’ at the county.”

This holiday we entered the Uber twilight zone, and loved it. Viva the revolution: A 21st century capitalist revolution. Get a cheaper, better service while slapping government and government protected monopolies in the face!