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Miami Beach Motorists: Beware the Parking Lot on 17th Street at Lenox Avenue

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This meter on 17th Street at Lenox Avenue will get you towed.

Folks looking for a parking spot near Lincoln Road's Regal South Beach movie theater need to stop using the private lot on 17th Street at Lenox Avenue. Because it's becoming increasingly clear that's the only surefire way to avoid getting your car hitched by Tremont Towing and having to pay a couple hundred bucks to retrieve it. Over the past month, Banana Republican has reported two incidents involving drivers whose vehicles were towed even though they paid a meter to station their cars in the lot, which looks like the ones operated by the City of Miami Beach in order to fool motorists.

In one case, freelance journalist Kris Conesa mistakenly paid the city meter instead of the lot's private meter. In the other, family man Eduardo A. Pagan Torres forgot to place his receipt on the dashboard. Both men had to fork over $241 each to get their rides back.

Now, Hanni Von Metzger, a Miami Beach resident since 1963, says she came close to becoming another Tremont victim April 27 when she went to the movies.

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As she walked to the meter located inside the lot, two men ran ahead of her to use the machine first, Von Metzger relays. "They punched in the keys like they were going to pay," she says. "But then they just walked away. I didn't think anything of it."

Von Metzger says she pressed one of the keys to input her information. The meter asked her to swipe her credit card, so she did. She paid $10 for two hours. However, when she looked at the receipt, she noticed it had a tag number that didn't belong to her car. "I was going to put it on my dash anyway," Von Metzger says. "But a man who was parked next to me told me not to do it because I would get towed."

He informed her that people working for Tremont run up to the meter, punch in a tag number, and then walk away. The next person in line doesn't know to clear the screen and start over, so the receipt prints out the wrong tag number. Because it doesn't match the tag on the car, Tremont can use that as a reason to tow the vehicle, the good Samaritan allegedly told Von Metzger.

She then saw the two dudes who ran up to the meter. They were leaning against a car with a license plate that matched the numbers on her receipt. "I asked them if they wanted to give me the ten bucks since the receipt had their tag number," Von Metzger relays. "They just laughed at me."

An incensed Von Metzger says she just paid the meter again and threw away the receipt with the wrong license plate. She then called the Miami Beach Police Department to complain. Her call was transferred to the city's parking department. 

"After being placed on hold for ten to 15 minutes, I spoke to a customer service representative, who was not helpful at all," Von Metzger says. "She's like, 'Haven't you read the newspaper? That's a private parking lot.' She said there is nothing the city can do about it. That lot is giving Miami Beach a really bad image."

(Neither Tremont nor the lot's owners have returned multiple calls from Riptide to respond to the various allegations from drivers.)

So there you have it, folks. Don't want your car towed? Don't park in the lot on 17th Street at Lenox Avenue.

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drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

here address from parking traps

1120 17th Street, Miami Beach

1689 West Avenue, Miami Beach

1715 Lenox Avenue, Miami Beach

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

i seen  Tremont Towing filming there fake show on this lot

1715 Lenox Avenue, Miami Beach

Paul I'Anson
Paul I'Anson

There's one behind Ace Hardware/Epicure as well. There are small signs that announce that it's a private car park, I guess a little hard to see. What put me off, however, was the minimum charge of $5, I was patient & someone pulled out of the city lot!

Andrae Ingram
Andrae Ingram

I bet if we stop supporting businesses on that block that the city would find a remedy....#classless

internetinternet
internetinternet

Get it on tape please.  City can place a sign stating it is a private lot on their public right of way. 

christyg21887
christyg21887

They are doing it in the parking lot behind alton and lincoln too! What assholes! You cant impersonate a police officer but they can impersonate a city parking lot? South beach is made of tourists, who will not see these articles about the corruption which will continue the ongoing stereotype, perpetuating the already ongoing problems. If the city wants to fight back, dont sign the permit to let them film south beach tow and kick them where it really hurts

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

If u look this location up on google maps, there is a tow truck that comes out on the street view map, he is even towing a car...hahaha

Jennifer Nanni
Jennifer Nanni

They can waste money on all this other crap but not one lousy parking meter

Jennifer Nanni
Jennifer Nanni

Why can't they do anything? If the machine is unfixable then replace it. I think what they meant to say is they WON'T do anything about it

alexgmnz
alexgmnz

now if only we can get a sign over there that says "CRIMINAL ORGANIZATION" any nearby businesses want to allow a sign on their property pointing to the criminals? maybe the city of miami beach can put up a sign on city property that points to the lot that says "CRIMINAL ORGANIZATION DO NOT PARK THERE" --- that's all it takes.

Christine King
Christine King

Isn't that Matti Bowers mantra? "Can't do anything", she's been saying that for years, thankfully she will be out in a few months.

Dee Subzero Cee
Dee Subzero Cee

There's something called protesting. It's still legal for the time being. Make sure you do it while it's still ok.

Oscar Diaz
Oscar Diaz

They could just remove it you know?

Danny Diaz
Danny Diaz

Shadiness in the sunshine state? Nahhhhh

rocker2323
rocker2323

When one google-maps this location, one will find a picture of a truck towing a car up 17th Avenue. Just make sure you spell Lenox correctly.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

@Paul I'Anson

it's in back of shell gas station

1689 West Avenue, Miami Beach

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