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

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Gum Gallery's Andrea Pasin points to the new parking signs along NW Second Ave.
The City of Miami Parking Authority has been actively ticketing vehicles parked on NW Second Ave. in the heart of Wynwood, according to employees at a handful of local art galleries.

Parking along Wynwood's busy main drag was formerly free of charge. But in recent weeks, the city has erected "Pay To Park" signage and, gallerists say, has been going on ticketing sprees during the neighborhood's busiest times.

No automated parking meters have yet been installed on NW Second Ave., which local business owners feel is unfair and counterproductive to the economic development of the fledgling art district.

For Robert Fontaine, the director of the eponymous art gallery, it all started a few weeks back.

"I watched it happen. I saw them give tickets out," Fontaine said.

He even got one himself, for $18.

"It's just crazy," Fontaine said. "The city shouldn't be charging for parking when the area is still in transition."

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A row of ticketed cars along NW Second Ave.
While other parts of Wynwood have been subject to the rules associated with parking meters for some time, NW Second Ave. has earned a reputation as a sort of free parking safe-zone.

"Yes, we do need regulation on parking, but it's a very artsy neighborhood and we should have the freedom to park", said Jessica Bernal, manager of mosaic design firm Fantini Mosaici, located at 2310 NW Second Ave.

Ariadna Rivero, the assistant director for Alberto Linero gallery (2294 NW 2nd Ave) said that the tickets took her by surprise when an artist from Fort Lauderdale was cited for parking on the street in front of the building, while dropping off some art pieces.

"The people come here to see the art and they have to pay? Of course, it's going to hurt the galleries," Rivero said at her desk in a stark white studio.

While parking meters do not exist on NW Second Ave., there are signs in some locations that inform potential parkers to "pay by phone" or to download a mobile app. Some of these are close to 10 feet off the ground and are posted on telephone poles, while others look more official.

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Robert Fontaine Gallery

2349 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

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Alberto Linero Gallery

2294 NW Second Ave., Miami, FL

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thedrunkenrabbit
thedrunkenrabbit

Well there goes visits to Wynwood.... Thanks City of Miami Parking, you just killed it again! The greed machine continues and doesn't care about art and people who are struggling to built a hip and smooth vibe in this area. Sad they did this while Wynwood is still underdeveloped and streets still distressed, shame on you! All Art districts should have free parking with security (of course) keep the parking for shopping centers and commercial crap!

Marlily Macareno
Marlily Macareno

Now that we have to pay they should provide more police personnel. I was robbed in this area a month ago.

Cristina Isabel Rivera
Cristina Isabel Rivera

gentrification. gentrification. gentrification. when are people going to wake up! The "neighborhood" isn't benefiting from any of this. Have you spoken to these "neighborhood" people lately? Probably not, because they have been displaced from their homes.

Philip Brown
Philip Brown

Just like Coconut Grove, the City of Miami will KILL Wynwood in no time. All for the greed of money and no interest in helping Wynwood grow. It's time to VOTE EVERYONE OUT of the City of Miami and elect people who care about Wynwood. It's not right to rob from the poor and give to the rich at city hall. Only your vote can change the unfairness that is happening to Wynwood!

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Michael Sillince
Michael Sillince

It's a city scam as the machines never work so they make the ticket money ! I say clamp the parking authority cars when they come into the area !

Jackie Biver
Jackie Biver

The pay stations don't work! How can we pay if the machine doesn't work? Ridiculous!

atari515
atari515

I just got a ticket last Thursday, I was parked on 27th.  I had no idea this went into effect.  This is BS!  

Justin L. Mangana
Justin L. Mangana

Just when you think Miami was cool again, it decides to rape itself

Gabriel Veg
Gabriel Veg

The city is greedy but will kill it's source of revenue if it's not careful.

Lex Dillinger
Lex Dillinger

on Thursday, parking enforcement gave every car parked on 27th St a $34 "parking on the sidewalk" ticket, even though some cars were parked fine. #wynwoodisdead

Andrea Domergue
Andrea Domergue

Free parking is one of the things I like about Wynwood. Ugh. There goes the neighborhood.

Nikolas Obrenović
Nikolas Obrenović

I fucking hate paying for parking and its true you are trying to develop an area why charge. It still has a ways to go. And no parking meters lol

Tom Morris
Tom Morris

Boy, whoever's running their pay to park system and collecting the user data for resale to marketing companies is gonna love this

Everett Hill
Everett Hill

Tow-Away Zones getting a lot of bigger too!

Eugene Estevez
Eugene Estevez

City of Miami is pushing all small business out day by day

Edward Delatorre
Edward Delatorre

Yeah! We should go back to the days when people didn't even want to pass, let alone park, by that neighborhood!

fgc217
fgc217

Why should parking be free? Miami should take San Francisco's approach and increase prices with demand, that way they can guarantee a free spot on every block. Higher parking revenue can be used to expand transit. 


P.S. It is still free on the streets surrounding NW2ndAve so if you can't walk a block to the gallery, is it worth it?  

dnylny
dnylny

omg where? I just moved here lol


atari515
atari515

yup, i was a victim of that crap

dontlookforme
dontlookforme

They already got the half-penny sales tax to 'improve transit' and pocketed that. That's right, .5% of EVERYTHING you buy was supposed to go to expanding the metrorail. All we got was the half-assed busway and gridlock because of it.

They put a toll on i95 and the pavement is still pocked and rubbish.

It will go to someone's nephew.

dnylny
dnylny

@fgc217 It's not free anywhere.  I got a ticket on NW 5th!!!! there's nothing but broken bottles and homeless people there.  And it's next to the highway blocks from anywhere!!

WhyNotNow
WhyNotNow topcommenter

If u think Miami would use increased parking revenue to improve public transit, I want some of whatever it is you are smoking.

fgc217
fgc217

@WhyNotNow Why not? People get fined because society wants them to change that behavior. Reducing the subsidy provided to car owners by the City and redeploying it in transit means everyone benefits and car usage goes down. 

fgc217
fgc217

@WhyNotNow But it's Miami where people can't bring themselves to pay $2 to park for an hour because that's the government being greedy. Greedy is everyone here who believes free-parking is some sort of right. If anything this will keep the people that don't really care for Wnywood out of the area. 

WhyNotNow
WhyNotNow topcommenter

I am not against the parking fees, my point is that Miami will never funnel anymore than the bare minimum of money to public transportation. The people making decisions about public transportation here would never use public transpo. At 5 pm they all get in their bimmers and drive home.

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