Miami Parking Authority Apologizes for Ticketing in Wynwood, Will Issue Refunds

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Robert Fontaine
Tickets issued in Wynwood are up for refund.
Earlier this week, New Times reported that parking fees were being enforced on NW Second Avenue in Wynwood, much to the surprise and dismay of local business owners. Today, the City of Miami Parking Authority apologized for ticketing cars parked on NW Second Avenue in Wynwood and promised to refund the cost of those tickets.

"No enforcement is [currently] going on, and the ticketing should not have happened," said Rolando Tapanes, the director of planning and development for the Parking Authority. "It was done in error."

See also: Parking Ticket Spree Along Wynwood's Main Corridor Has Business Owners Bristling

Tapanes said the error occurred when the City of Miami Police Department reached out to the Parking Authority about some illegal parking on the street -- a car allegedly parked on a sidewalk. When the parking enforcement officers arrived to check it out, they also began ticketing cars on NW Second Avenue for not paying for spots. They should not have done this because the area has not yet begun its parking program, according to Tapanes.

"We wish that the error with the enforcement hadn't happened," Tapanes said.

Visitors to Wynwood should still prepare to shell out for parking along the main drag; parking enforcement in the area is expected to begin in a few months. In the meantime, he said, the Parking Authority is in talks with Wynwood property owners.

But for now, Tapanes said, no one should be getting tickets for parking along NW Second Avenue -- and he's personally issuing refunds to anyone who received one.

If you received an $18 ticket on NW Second Avenue in Wynwood and would like a refund, you can email Rolando Tapanes directly at rtapanes@miamiparking.com.

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32 comments
frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.........................a am glad to see what a well-oiled machine the parking violations authority is and thank you for the reminder of why i don't go down there anymore

Robert Gow
Robert Gow

Alli All-Day Williams Roderick Williams

Kristin Nicole Silva
Kristin Nicole Silva

I'm pretty sure this is just to save face from all the back lash they've been getting. They definitely intended to ticket people. Signs are already up to pay with the mobile app.

Don Rodrigo
Don Rodrigo

Hah! I was there when a poor ticket maid ran away from a horde of pantherites telling her she couldn't do that. It was hilarious!

Marc Ginori
Marc Ginori

The parking authority what a joke, charging people to pay on public land, and this is a FREE country??!!

EzƦă VɅǹ
EzƦă VɅǹ

I could go on how cops are pigs, everything about what's wrong with Miami is all Castro's fault, dirty hipsters, how critical mass sucks, thank Obama, bitch about the New Times because every week I read it cover to cover it sucks ... or I could just say well done NT you just scored a point for journalism as a public service.

Justin Vallee
Justin Vallee

Yes I saw this earlier. Counting the chickens before they hatch.

Mario Diaz
Mario Diaz

Bike bike here, bike bike there, here a bike there a bike, everywhere a bike bike, Old Miami has alot of cars....

Cyn Baller
Cyn Baller

If people haven't paid for their citations, then a refund would not be issued. The main focus for those individuals who received a citation should be dismissing those citations based on Parking Authority error.

Anders Williamson
Anders Williamson

I wonder how little of this parking revenue money will go back in to Wynwood.

orleans
orleans topcommenter

Why is the city behaving like an abusive landlord? Why do they have to charge for parking? Are there all of a sudden new expenses in the area that justify charging visitors? Or maybe they will devote the parking revenue to the nearest library??? 

By the way, kudos to the New Times!

MyCole Knight
MyCole Knight

I think Über should step in, that way no one will worry about parking.

Bruno Linares
Bruno Linares

Scumbags !! Fire the Mayor and this Clerk . Abusivos

David James
David James

Part of why I like going to Wynwood is cause I don't have to worry about paying for parking. WTF, going out everywhere else in Miami is already expensive enough. Always trying to squeeze money out of people.

Larry Shane
Larry Shane

Please note: Refunds will take approximately 6 - 8 wee.. months. ;)

Susan Werb
Susan Werb

Public pressure through social media - YAY!

Robert620
Robert620

fucking scumbag liars. wasn't done in error. i won't believe that, for one second. they got caught taking advantage of a situation.


i thank the NEW TIMES for making them eat their fucking tickets, with their reporting. great job!

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

........................................the theory is the mentality for so long was "screw the tourists" that an operation such as the parking violations authority now has a YEAR ROUND revenue source by extending the "screw the tourists" phenominon to the local-yokels

a super bowl that "raises" $4oo,ooo,ooo in revenue here includes about $3oo,ooo,ooo in parking violations so now that we don't get super bowl visitors anymore the reach goes to local neighborhoods

same stuff happened building the new baseball stadium in hialeah whereby local long time residents had NO street parking available to them on game days because the public parking lot was purposefully built with limited capacity - displacing working class neighbors on the street who were supposed to be given exemptions which got lost in the mail

MIAMI is a total scam from its people to its government

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.........................i've been going there since the dayz you couldn't even find a cop who wanted to go into that neighborhood and now its just a scam to get visitors who will either be ticketed or towed

predatory towing and parking violations are BIG industry in MIAMI and why the city never builds adequate parking facilities - visitors tend not to fight these abuses and simply pay the fine and move on

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