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Wynwood Free Parking for Motorcycles: Shots Fires Back at City Gouging

For months, Wynwood restaurants and visitors have been fuming about a new parking policy that has made formerly free parking expensive and -- at times -- inconvenient.

Now Shots Miami, a bar on NW 23rd Street, and a Southwest Miami-Dade Harley dealership are firing back by offering a free motorcyle parking lot that will be open most nights.

"All motorcycle makes and models as well as bicyclists are encouraged to park at Shots Miami whenever it is open for business at no cost," says spokesperson Mike Marchant. "This is a great opportunity to take advantage of the scene and not have to deal with all the hassles that parking has become in the area, especially every second Saturday for Artwalk."

See also: New Wynwood Parking Rules, Including Meters Enforced Until 2 a.m.

The city parking authority has drawn criticism by charging motorists for previously free curbside spaces through a smartphone app. Employees are allowed to park on the north and south edges of the neighborhood for $30 per month and the public can shell out $55 for slightly better spaces.

The program started in October with only courtesy notices, but since then, many people have complained about the parking app and price gouging by the city.

Shots is partnering with Peterson's Harley Davidson of Miami, which is located at 19825 S. Dixie Highway, in the endeavor. The bar is open on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Friday starting as early as 5 p.m.

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Chuck Strouse is the former editor in chief of Miami New Times. He has shared two Pulitzer Prizes and won dozens of other awards. He is an honors graduate of Brown University and has worked at newspapers including the Miami Herald and Los Angeles Times.
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