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Ocean Drive May Not Close to Cars, but Sidewalk Could Be Extended

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The idea of closing Ocean Drive off to traffic and turning it into a pedestrian mall similar to Lincoln Road may have hit a snag once commissioners realized that the parking meters along the street bring in over $1 million in revenue a year. Instead, Miami Beach's Land Use and Development Committee has endorsed a plan to shift the road eastward to allow for a widening of extended sidewalks.

See also: Miami Beach Debates Whether to Ban Cars From Ocean Drive

The idea was brought up in May by commissioner Jonah Wolfson, but local business owners had immediate concerns. Hotels wondered how their guests would be able to arrive and leave in taxis, and others worried that decreasing already scarce parking on South Beach would scare away other potential costumers.

It's not just the scarcity of parking that was a problem either, but the revenue. According to exMiami, a memo sent to commissioners reminded them that in 2013 the parking meters along Ocean Drive between Fifth and 15th streets brought in $1.087 million, and that number is expected to grow.

Of course, Ocean Drive's sidewalks can, at times, get awfully crowded. They're dominated by outside cafe seating, gawkers, promoters, and the occasional death-dropping drag queen.

So a new plans calls for shifting the road eastward, while widening the westside, business-heavy sidewalks. Seems like a decent compromise, though the project would mean construction along one of Miami Beach's busiest (though least essential to regular traffic patterns) roads. It would also cost up to $3.6 million, or about three-and-a-half years of parking meter revenue.

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frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

...................the problem of URBAN space is dealing with limited resources - get creative and more efficient

however this is also MIAMI so the predatory towing operators and traffic violations bureau like things just the way they are and since corrupt politicians don't rely on tourists votes who cares what the local-yokels want

cbsobe
cbsobe

Despite the best intentions of city leaders -- or any of us mere mortals --  in the end, the rising Atlantic will have the last say & claim EVERYTHING in its path anyway... Ocean Drive, sidewalks, meters, hotels...all of it.  50 years from now, the next generations will be having this same debate, only the oceanfront street in question at that time will be... Krome Avenue.

 ...and like cockroaches surviving a nuclear holocaust, I'm sure the 2 towing companies, Beach & Tremont, will STILL be around then, making tourists' and residents' lives miserable, and remaining every bit the thieving, menacing P.O.S.'es they are now!  Oy vey!

cbsobe
cbsobe

Despite the best intentions of city leaders -- or any of us mere mortals --  in the end, the rising Atlantic will have the last say & claim EVERYTHING in its path anyway... Ocean Drive, sidewalks, meters, hotels...all of it.  50 years from now, the next generations will be having this same debate, only the oceanfront street in question at that time will be... Krome Avenue.

Cts Limo Cts Limo
Cts Limo Cts Limo

Idiots! Every building on ocean drive is a Hotel, how are guest supposed to check in, has to be ar least one way street

Suzanne Auricchio
Suzanne Auricchio

oh god i remeot and crowded!mber when i was there soooo beautiful but so h

Mel Mac
Mel Mac

Getting rid of the cars was actually a brilliant idea.

Jhon A Cornejo
Jhon A Cornejo

Im a Miami Beach resident of nearly 50 years and I say "no" to widening the sidewalks. How are you going accompany the meter parking on the other side with widening the current sidewalks next to the hotels? Cars and trucks need to go down Ocean Drive. Why not spend the money and fixing up Lummus Park and the aging beach showers along the beach???

Ivan Rodriguez Fierro
Ivan Rodriguez Fierro

I lived in Miami and avoided this area because of the cars. Just make it pedestrian!

Roberto Valenti
Roberto Valenti

One way Ocean 5-15 street............one way Collins 5-15 street.........why it is so hard to understand!!!!!!!!?????????

Chris Hind
Chris Hind

Clare when was miami ever about good ideas lol

Lori Bakkum
Lori Bakkum

I say widen the sidewalks and reduce to one traffic lane . Absolutely do not take away green space/ park land protected for a century...

Jeff Morr
Jeff Morr

Let's get rid of all the parking meters! Why do we have to be nickel and dimed at every step with parking meters, toll booths, fobs, clickers, decals, airport wifi, etc when we already pay a ton of taxes? Enough is enough!

Dean Rodrigue
Dean Rodrigue

If the city widens the sidewalks they will just rent the extra space to the restaurants leaving no room to walk. Leave it as it is, the locals don't go to Ocean Dr and the tourists don't care.

Larry Shane
Larry Shane

The tow kickbacks are icing on top. ;)

Ron E. Chits
Ron E. Chits

Let the SCOTUS rule on it cars, roads and parking meters are people too

Kurt A Zauke
Kurt A Zauke

Just leave as is don't risk destroying the Art Deco blds. and the so called umbrellas will get even big so you can't even see the bldgs at all.

Daniel Paul
Daniel Paul

Leave the road where it is. Walk on the beach side of the street and cross when you get to where you wanna go

Jim Tyrrell
Jim Tyrrell

why not one way nort,h with angled parking on the beach side, & drop only on the hotel side?

orleans
orleans topcommenter

i think you have a point

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

......................................YES indeed "one-way" IS the answer which is why it will never get done - remember this is MIAMI

orleans
orleans topcommenter

what a great idea.

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