When parking in West Miami, you’ll soon have to remember to pay the meter.
The city will be adding parking meters along SW Ninth Street between 57th and 58th avenues. There are no meters in the city right now.
City Manager Yolanda Aguilar said that the equipment is needed because of a large number of customers visiting several businesses in the area, including restaurants like Luis Galindo’s Latin American Restaurant & Cafeteria.
“As part of the SW Ninth Street reconstruction and reconfiguration of the traffic flow, meters are necessary in that area due to the volume of patrons who visit the commercial establishments in and around this area,” she wrote in an email.
Currently, the Florida Department of Transportation is making roadway and infrastructure improvements along 57th Avenue. The project is expected to be completed this fall. It has been going on for more than a year.
The meters are expected to be installed around the fall of next year, after the city conducts a project of its own on Southwest Ninth street. She expects to add 20 meters to the area, with more to follow in other locations at a later time. The city is seeking bids, but Aguilar says a model that officials have kept an eye on run about $800 per meter.
Aguilar said that the meters will generate revenue for the city’s benefit.
"The first year, we are anticipating revenues at $25,000,” she wrote.
The revenue generated will fund infrastructure improvements including drainage, paving, curbs, gutters and roadways, she added.
Aguilar said that meters are common throughout the county for a reason.
“Many of the drivers who use our roads and our parking facilities are not West Miami residents, yet they are taxing our infrastructure — why should we be different than other cities?” she said. “The money will go back into the community to improve the quality of life and maintain the standards that the residents of the city deserve.”