Heads up, Wynwood-goers: Three weeks after the Miami Parking Authority announced a new parking program for the neighborhood, the changes are set to take effect today.
The program expands the neighborhood's Pay by Phone parking areas west from the railroad tracks to NW Sixth Avenue, and from NW 20th Street north to NW 29th Street. The meters are enforced from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day, with the standard rate set at $1.50 an hour for a maximum of three hours, except evenings.
The new program also includes an employee parking program, with approximately 260 spaces designated for neighborhood employees at a cost of $30 a month, as well as a monthly program, with at least 85 spaces available for $55 a month.
"In an area that has experienced fast-paced growth in a short span of time, we believe that the new parking program will improve accessibility, safety, and mobility in the Wynwood BID," Rolando Tapanes, director of planning and development for the authority, says in a release about the new program.
But that rollout hasn't been without some confusion: Linda Robinson, an employee at the Workshop Collective on NW 25th Street, tells New Times that when she first went to the authority to inquire about employee parking a couple of weeks ago, she was mistakenly told the program didn't exist.
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Robinson followed up, "and then they were like, 'Oh yeah, it is $30.' And I went and got all the parking [decals] for our employees."
Although the program is in effect today, for the next two weeks the authority will issue only "courtesy" citations. The Miami Parking Authority did not return calls seeking comment about today's rollout.