Don't Get Your Free Beach Towing VIP Decal Right Here

Editor's Note: In this blog post, Miami New Times did not imply or intend to imply that Beach Towing violated the law by distributing VIP parking decals. Beach Towing's attorney says the decals identify "the owners of vehicles who reside at certain condominiums in contrast to persons who are parked illegally." He also accuses New Times fraud and defamation. This newspaper has removed the decal from its website and asks readers to refrain from reproducing it. We otherwise stand by this blog post but apologize to VIP's everywhere.

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If you've ever had your car hitched by Beach Towing, this one's for you. For years, Banana Republican heard rumors that the notoriously treacherous company handed out special windshield decals to "very important people" that entitled these fine, upstanding citizens to certain parking privileges in Miami Beach.

Essentially, any car with the sticker affixed won't get towed. Preposterous, we thought.


There is no way a money-grubbing, soulless legalized carjacker would hand out free passes to anybody.

But lo and behold, last week, in the parking lot of Miami New Times headquarters, we spotted a circular green, white, and red decal on the windshield of a blue convertible Porsche. In the center of the sticker was an image of a tow truck surrounded by the words "Beach Towing Service Inc. V.I.P. Member Platinum Club."

We called Beach Towing to inquire about obtaining a VIP decal and were told to speak to the owner, who wasn't in the office. So we reached out to a few Miami Beach luminaries to find out if they had one.

An attorney who used to represent Beach Towing acknowledged he had a VIP sticker many years ago. He requested anonymity because he didn't want to ruffle his former client's feathers. "It doesn't mean anything," he added. "I still got towed."

We also chatted with longtime party promoter Tommy Pooch, who had a Beach Towing decal too. "I got one 15 years ago," Pooch said. "But when I changed cars, I never bothered to get a new one." Pooch claimed the decal meant he could park anywhere if he wanted to. "But I never took advantage of it," he insisted.

Two Miami Beach elected officials said they hadn't heard of the decals until Banana Republican brought them up. "I am not aware nor ever have seen a VIP decal," insisted city Commissioner Deede Weithorn. "I do not have one nor does any of my family."

Her colleague Michael Gongora was also in the dark. "I'd want to know who they have given decals to," Gongora said. "Why are they getting decals, and what does it entitle people to?"

No one is fessing up, so we're granting VIP status to everybody who parks in Miami Beach. Below find our version of the VIP decal. It's up to you, new VIP, to print it and stick it on your windshield.

You'll thank us the next time you park at the CVS on Alton Road at 14th Street to go eat at Lime Fresh Mexican Grill next door.Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.


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Anon
Anon

Its all true!

~2006 I was being towed from around the corner of Laundry Bar (RIP) and my friend I was there with just happened to to be employed at Beach Towing working in the office. She stopped the driver from taking my car, asked for a sticker and placed it on my car. I enjoyed free parking anywhere on the beach for the next 5 years until I replaced that car. I was even towed twice in that time and went to pick up my car from their HQ on 17 street and on both occasions Beach Towing let me take my car without paying because of that sticker even though my friend didn't work there anymore. I miss those good ol' days.

Zak
Zak

I have one of these on my very non-VIP 2003 Camary. They're not special... my apartment building has a contract with Beach Towing to guard our small lot on the side of our building. I got one from my landlord when I moved in. Hopefully they won't now have to assign new decals as a result of this irresponsible, under-researched article that makes a mountain out of a mole hill.

WOW822
WOW822

I live on the beach and they use those stickers in order to know who belongs on our property or not.  I've used it to park in other places and still had my car towed because I didn't be long there.  I was wrong.  When will people admit that you were wrong, got caught, and had to pay the price. We  pay A LOT of money for parking on the beach and if someone parks in my spot I will call for it to be towed. 

Bill Cooke
Bill Cooke

"For years, Banana Republican heard rumors that the notoriously treacherous company handed out special windshield decals to "very important people"  

Don't get out much Frank?

 I've known about these for years. Years ago I actually saw a tow truck pull up to a car parked behind a store on Lincoln Rd. The driver was ready to hook the car up. But then someone came out and talked to him. The driver got out and the person took him to the front of the car and pointed to something on the dash. The driver got back in his truck and drove away. I walked over to the car afterwards and saw the sticker. I believe Tremont also has these.

I asked a few people about it and was told that the sticker will keep you from getting towed from private property where the tow company has a contract with the property owner..

But the sticker will not keep you from getting towed from city streets where you've broken the law, i.e.: parking in front of a fire hydrant.

But congratulations anyway on a fine piece of investigative reporting! ;)

Bribes flow
Bribes flow

The owner was busy handing out bribes to City bureaucrats.

Nbrd5130
Nbrd5130

You know Gongora absolutely knows about the Beach Towing Decal, he doesn't need one because anyone parked with a City of Miami Beach G-Pass Decal (Manager, Attorney, Mayor, Commission, and Department Heads) will never see a ticket or get towed. They also receive a license plate frame issued by the City of Miami Beach stating their capacity ie: "City Attorney, Commissioner, Mayor, etc." Now that Deede Weithorne knows about the mysterious Beach Towing decal, I hope that her husband, Mr. Mark Weithorne, an appointed member of the City's  Transportation and Parking Committee, will investigate the issue and its legality.

Natalie
Natalie

You couldn't reach the owner because he was busy sucking of the MBPD.

Truthbetold
Truthbetold

i own commercial property in miami beach and use beach towing - never have i or any of my property managers been offered a decal...

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