Y’ all it might have taken me a little time, but I did listen.
Tutorial Link: http://www.littlemissdata.com/blog/maps
For those of you who have actually been following along with problem # 51 in the ggmap repo, you’ll notice that there have been a number of changes in the Google Maps Static API service.
If you utilized this package prior to July 2018, you may were likely able to do so without signing up for the Google Static Map API service yourself.
Due to this, ggmap itself is outdated on CRAN; the package owners hope to have the new version up on CRAN soon. In the meantime, I have updated this tutorial to include the full end to end steps. Additional details are discussed in the github repo issue #51. Big thank you to the amazing David Kahle who has been incredibly responsive in trying to support the user base during this time of change. Also, I found Ryan Fullers summary of issues particularly useful when working through the changes I needed to make.