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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Will the city raise parking rates?

The City Commission will be discussing whether to raise parking rates for metered parking at today (Thursday's) meeting. The Miami Parking Authority has proposed raising city meter parking in many areas of the city by as much as $1.50 more per hour.

The reasoning for this is that the city needs more money. Let that sink in. The hog of a city, which permits  building on top of building so they can get more taxes, now needs more money from people parking.

The interesting thing about this is that the MPA has proposed to double the parking officers (meter maids) in order to enforce the parking. So in essence, the money raised will go to the enforcers. 

The city claims that the brunt of the people paying the new rates would be people driving into the city for work, from other municipalities in Miami-Dade County. So let's punish those who come to the City of Miami to work.

Maybe the city can build more garages and sell them to developers for top dollar as they did the Oak Street Garage, this way alleviating drivers from paying higher parking fees.

Just another lack of quality of life issue in the City of Miami.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will they? Why is that sort of thing still a question? The question should be will commision ever give us real public transportation despite raising our cost of living in face of poor planning and favoritism toward private billionaire developers, causing traffic nightmare leading to lowering our quality of life and standard of living and will MPArturo cough up any real money toward a public transportation fund or will they continue behaving like bandits and luxuriously retire with our money.

September 13, 2018 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I invited a business aquaintenance to meet me in the Grove and he said "NO THANK YOU, I've tried to park there 3 times last week and couldn't find a parking space.

I decided to walk about the Grove yesterday. Right next to MIAMI CITY HALL the Grove Seminole boat ramp has a damaged pier and there's three 2/3 foot holes that have damaged trailer tires and axels and stuck vehicles from exiting. West of Peacock Park, the pier has been a pile of eye sore debris for over a year. Likewise for our marina. Coconut Grove on beautiful Biscayne Bay, enter at your own risk. Last year I paid $8.00 to launch my boat, today it's $12.00, and CITY is raising that fee by a dollar fifty.

Throughout the Grove the wrong trees have been planted and their trunks push up the sidewalks making it safer to walk in a rice paddy where land mines were dropped by the millions to kill off human life - Thanks MIAMI CITY HALL! Side walk repairs have been paved over, red bricks and black asphalt - nice. Stores are closed, their windows pasted with paper. Is this the CIA/FBI, or is this A CITY OF MIAMI REGULATION? Let us in on the secret!

In Center Grove, every evening, over-crowded homeowners/MacMansions park their numerous vehicles halfway into the street. Yard maintenance workers block the street endlessly, blowing leaves into rainwater run off drains and toxic dust 100' into the air. Are we to wear face mask like Chinese to avoid toxic dust mixed with the clean air coming off the Atlantic? Thanks MIAMI. People walking, pushing baby carriages, walking dogs are forced to walk the narrow streets dodging rude thoughtless speeders through stop signs staring at their cell phones. Half the dog walkers pull their animals behind bushes and illegally parked vehicles and as their dogs take a dump they nervously sheepishly look about to see who might be looking, and if the coast is clear, they don't bend over, but move on quickly, confidently with some smug stupid half-ass got U smile glued across their face.

As a fisherman for about 50 years, I've spent time in many Central America and S. American port cities and villages. I've stayed in quaint rooms and motels, lived in villages where pigs and chickens roamed freely, I visited rog farms, street vendors, eateries, flea markets. I preferred these environments because the people were real, their environments were real, it was friendly, safe, lively, nothing was feigned.

Raising the parking fees is just the tip of the iceberg. THE CITY OF MIAMI GOVERNMENT has turned the Coconut Grove business district into a forth world country no-mans-land avoided by tourist and Grove residents who would rather step in some pile of back street dog dung than risk down town Coconut Grove. Jobie Steppe

September 13, 2018 9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a great idea! The City should absolutely raise parking rates. Putting aside the fact that our parking is way cheaper than comparable cities, the City should be encouraging policies that incentivize people to walk, bike, and take ride sharing or public transportation. That is a progressive vision. Driving your vehicle a mile from your house to park it and leave it in the Village is an antiquated lifestyle and way of thought. We do not create a village feel by driving everywhere, we do it by filling our streets with people, NOT CARS. I hope this passes.

September 13, 2018 9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great point Anon 9:36. Very good probable, realistic outcome resulting from high parking fees. However, if people are either to cheap, or, have no disposal income for beer, wine and expensive foods, i.e., a slice of pie is say, what $4.50? A beer is $4.00, or a cup of Joe @ Starbucks can go up to $5/6/7 and perhaps $10.00. The average meal is, say $30/40. And there are many vacant stores in the Grove and for sale home signs are on the increase. The real point I propose is why would a tourist or a Coconut Grover want to come into the Grove? I've lived in the Grove since 1965, I love living in Coconut Grove. The lure for me are the waters of Biscayne Bay, and the ocean, a fresh air breeze blowing off the clean clear waters of the Atlantic about 87% of the year. The hippies and cocaine cowboys are gone. A possible increase in parking space is for me a test similar to a miner taking a bird into the mine to determine if poison gas is present - - - - the bird dies, go get another bird. MacMansions were allowed, increasing taxes and income for the City of Miami. Increase tax revenue, increase parking fees, increased impact fees, increase employment for folks who write parking tickers. This house of cards will have to come down. The Grove Business District is a dead bird in the scheme, the over-all picture of things to come for the Grove. The people that did or do not sell their quaint little homes are the winners. Their taxes remain mostly un-changed, yet their property values have increased over time by upwards of 1500 percent.

September 13, 2018 10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very soon only billionaires will be driving cars and afford parking and the rest of us have to wait for a trolley or a bus in the sweltering heat and pouring rain.

September 13, 2018 11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The city expects most of the weight of the fee increase to fall on non-residents who drive into Miami for work." ( Miami Herald 9/12/18 ).
1) Not sure how you can check the validity of this statement.
2) This is an Us vs Them attitude that is not good regional planning or development.
Coral Gables will stay in CG, South Miami in SM.
3) Sounds like a statement to give the political an 'out', i.e. 'We didn't raise you Miami voter's taxes, we raised other people's taxes.'

MPA also says that more and more people are paying by app ( Miami Today, 9/13/18 ).
When you remove the pay-by-cash and bay-by-credit-card options, of course pay-by-app will go up.

The objective is to increase revenue for the city to offset falling tax revenues.
MPA wants to increase fees -and- hire more people.
If the objective is to increase revenue, why hire more meter maids ?
What will the actual net increase in revenue be for the city be ( not MPA ) ?
Sounds a bit like the tail wagging the dog.

Can the MPA can provide accurate, objective, unbiased information to the policy makers so that they can make good decisions ?

September 13, 2018 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Arturo Noriega have any stocks in ride sharing companies????????

September 13, 2018 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom, you are right on the money! Raising fees to pay for more enforcement? Gee, that makes a lot of sense. And they’ve taken away a public garage for the profit of a private developer. Hmm, that sounds familiar.

September 13, 2018 1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can’t get my friends to come to the Grove restaurants anymore. Parking is hard to find and people don’t want the hassle. Increasing parking fees will put the knife in all the way do we can be sure to kill our downtown. We gave killer the retail stores why not kill the rest?

September 13, 2018 4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those nay-sayers that I thought wrong these past 10 years or so hit the nail on the head. I had no previous experience how this development and gentrification was going to eventually create these massive daily traffic jams, clog our back streets and harm the charm of the Grove. J.S.

September 13, 2018 4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So first the MPA sells a parking garage to the private sector -and now the want to raise rates ? Makes lots of sense to me - NOT. BTW - Where is the money from the sale of the Oak street garage ???

September 13, 2018 5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is going to be an unnecessary burden on the elderly and disenfranchised who have little or no access to online parking App.

September 14, 2018 7:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Art Noriega have stock in the valet company running the valet program? Did Art Noriega get paid personally on the sale of the Oak and Mary garage?

September 14, 2018 11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Banana Republics no one can be held accountable for perks and profiteering.

September 14, 2018 12:44 PM  
Blogger Bruce said...

Why does it have to be one price for everywhere?
How about some incentive or surge pricing? Should a street spot on Commodore Plaza cost the same at 10AM as it does at 10PM? How about people who park in front of Mayfair before 8AM and stay there all day? Maybe the first hour of parking should be one price on the street, and the 2nd hour double or triple that. No one is going to park in a garage, or valet, to pick up their dry cleaning or grab a cup of coffee. Encourage turnover in the street parking.
Art Noriega has been the god of Miami parking for so long he sees it as one huge homogenous kingdom. The Grove is not the same as Wynnwood is not the same as downtown/courthouse is not the same as Brickell!

September 14, 2018 5:03 PM  

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