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Monday, October 31, 2016

Parking is a major issue at Regatta Park

Regarding your story on the Pumpkin Patch, just want to mention that all the parking reserved for Dinner Key Marina tenants was taken by people going to the carnival.

This is an ongoing problem whenever there is an event -- such as this, or a big something at city hall -- near the marina. We have two types of parking stickers for two different parking areas and almost every tenant can tell stories of not being able to park at the marina when these things happen.

I was towed once when driving my wife's car without a sticker -- thought I'd be OK making a 20-minute run to my boat -- but I was wrong and attempts to discuss it with marina management were beyond frustrating; I even got threatened with having to police called on me when trying to talk to them. I was an easy target that day though as the parking lot was empty so I was easy to spot.

But when outsiders do it, when it's full -- it's a free-for-all.

Just another complaint about the "new Grove."

Jim Hesketh

PS. Been hanging around the Grove, and Dinner Key, since 1980 and ready to find a new spot for my time.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree. Why are semis and large carnival equipment even allowed to drive on the grass in the park anyway? That's what concrete and asphalt is for, not green grass where our kids and dogs run around. Those large event should be held in a parking lot some place, not in a park. The same is true for the regattas with large trailers, campers, RVs, etc. They should have to park in a parking lot, not on the grass in a park. That's ridiculous. And no, we don't want them parking in our reserved parking spots in the marina. We pay A LOT of money to live here and have been allocated parking spaces to use, and then some big public event comes along and we have to find alternate parking. Why isn't the city of Miami or the marina monitoring the parking situation? They are the ones making all the money and inconveniencing us, but no one there cares about the marina tenants. They just take our money every month, and do what they want, including raising the monthly fees, while we sit here waiting for their five year construction project to be completed.

October 31, 2016 4:57 PM  
Anonymous swlip said...

Agreed. Parking enforcement at DKM is a sad joke. Tenants are furious, with good reason.

October 31, 2016 7:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The use of marina parking for events is a violation of our leases. I am a lawyer and I see a class action in the City future. The use of our parking for the profit of the event operator and the City is a breach of contract. What is the value of a convenient parking space, free to the event guest and of measurable economic value
on an event day ----Over a period of six years ( the statute of limitations) with interest?

There is, I assure you, a lawyer who will take this case. Not me-----I come down here to get out of the North in the winter.

October 31, 2016 8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be fair to the marina employees, they are on our side but their vviews are overridden at City Hall where the event sponsors have political power. Perhaps a tenant's association is needed. In Miami, the deal goes to the well organized or the money. Marina tenants should have the power to get the benefits they pay for as they have votes and money.

November 01, 2016 12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Presumably the City gets paid via insurance of the event sponsor or a bond. No well run City gives use of a multi million dollar facility to private interests without damage protection. As I look out the window, I see the park across the street being prepared for the annual Christmas celebration run by the downtown businesses. Sand is being hauled in to vover and protect the grass from all the equipment and people. After the event, the grass is uncovered and there is no damage to the grass. Sure, things get dinged but the sponsor or it,s insurance company pays. Same for LGBT annual event in the summer. Only Miami permits events to do damage public property.

November 01, 2016 12:41 PM  

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