Tremont Towing Snags Another Car That Paid To Park in Private SoBe Lot

Our advice: Don't park in the lot at Lennox Avenue and 17th Street
Last week, Banana Republican warned readers about a private parking lot on 17th Street and Lennox Avenue on Miami Beach masquerading as a public lot. It's even equipped with a meter that is identical to the ones used by the City of Miami Beach for street parking and public lots.

Except this particular lot is owned by private parking magnates Solomon Mayberg and Andrew Mirmelli. And if you don't pay at the meter inside their lot get ready to have your car towed by Tremont Towing, one of two companies in Miami Beach known for notoriously hauling off with people's rides to make a quick buck.

Well, guess what? Even if you pay the meter inside the lot, your vehicle might still get towed and you will have to fork over $241 to get it back. That's what happened to Eduardo A. Pagan Torres on March 26.

See also:
- Pay the Meter and You'll Still Get Towed at This Private Miami Beach Lot

"I paid $5.00 to park until 10:02 pm on a Pay-By-Plate pay station located inside the lot," Torres wrote in a letter to Mayberg and Mirmelli. "At 7:00 pm my car was towed by Tremont because the receipt was not displayed in the dashboard of the car."

Torres demanded a refund of his $241, but the parking lot owners have not responded. Banana Republican could not reach either one for comment. Mayberg's voicemail said he would be out of the country until May 21. Mirmelli's phone went to a message that said he was unavailable to take calls and would not allow Banana Republican to leave a message. Representatives for Tremont declined comment.

Torres argues that when he paid the meter, the ticket read "receipt" in all capital bold letters, so the need for displaying the ticket on his dashboard was not necessary. "There are signs that all have warnings of the possibility of being towed, yet there is no warning anywhere suggesting that failure to display receipt will or may result in the car being towed," Torres wrote. "I have other parking receipts that very clearly state "DISPLAY FACE UP ON DASH" (in all capital bold letters) on the first line to make it clear, and remove all doubt that the receipt should be displayed."

Furthermore, Torres asserts, when a parking stall has a number or charges are applied using Pay-By-Plate it removes the need to display the receipt. He notes a meter maid or parking attendant has to make sure the car has or not paid to park by verifying the license plate in the system, then make the call to report the illegally parked vehicle before it can be towed. 

"That does not appear to be the case here," he grouses, adding that when he picked up his car from Tremont and showed the attendant his receipt, they still demanded he pay $241 to get his car back.

"I believe I should be entitled to a full refund," he says.

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concierge33
concierge33

Tremont and other tow companies on the beach are definitely snakes. Shame on the city for allowing it. But, in this case, the guy who parked his car knows damn well that you must put the ticket on your dash. I have never read a ticket to see if i have to display it, I just assume it since this is normal practice when paying at a meter that produces a ticket. This guy was trying to be slick. Newtimes is dumb for wasting their time on this article. I was expecting some real proof of what snakes the tow companies are.

concierge33
concierge33

Tremont and other tow companies on the beach are definitely snakes. Shame on the city for allowing it. But, in this case, the guy who parked his car knows damn well that you must put the ticket on your dash. I have never read a ticket to see if i have to display it, I just assume it since this is normal practice when paying at a meter that produces a ticket. This guy was trying to be slick. Newtimes is dumb for wasting their time on this article. I was expecting some real proof of what snakes the tow companies are.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Everybody knows by now, all businessmen are completely full of Chit; just the worst kind of low-life, criminal, cocksuckers you could ever wanna' run into - a funkin' piece of chit businessman. And the proof of it, the proof of it is, they don't even trust each other. They don't trust one another. When a business man sits down to negotiate a deal, the first thing he does is to automatically assume that the other guy is a complete lying prick who's trying to funk him outta his money. So he's gotta do everything he can to funk the other guy a little bit faster and a little bit harder. And he's gotta do it with a big smile on his face. 

." Whoever coined the phrase "let the buyer beware" was probably bleeding from the ashole. That's business

TK Small
TK Small

Those scum bags need to be burned.

k3pgx
k3pgx

The world is full of insults and insulting people. Best to avoid both. If this were me I would sue in small claims.

dano2121
dano2121

The businesses around there (movie theater, etc) need to step up and get involved. It's got to be costing them business, I know for me coming over from 10 minutes away it makes me think twice. It's already hard enough to park around there and having dealt with Tremont a couple times already in my life I do whatever I can to never deal with those mutants, even if it means catching a movie at Aventura or the grove instead

Rey Feliciano
Rey Feliciano

i valet in private parking lot and they towed it anyways but

RachelUnleashed
RachelUnleashed

The Tremont Tow Thugs are at it again.  I received the same complaint via my blog from a reader named "Sandy" who wants to picket at one of the lots against Tremont and their evil ways.  She parked on a lot at 17th and Lennox and paid for her spot.  She did not leave her ticket on the window as well.  If you'd like to read her story, click on this link and look at the comments section.  

I know it will take time, but I'd personally love to take down these thugs.

Francisco Alvarado, if you'd like Sandy's contact info, I would be happy to share it.  http://rachelunleashed.com/2013/01/10/tremont-tow-thugs-a-k-a-south-beach-tow/

GODisGREAT
GODisGREAT

a full refund.....and damages.....these fascists

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