Every night after rush hour, slow-moving cars creep along the streets of the south east edge of Normandy Isle.
Drivers searching for spots among the apartments south of the Normandy Fountain will stop a spot that looks empty until they see a motorcycle or scooter is parked there. They often have to park their cars overnight in metered lots nearby — sometimes across a busy 71st Street.
Parking is a top concern for North Beach residents, and the city has taken notice. Officials will launch a six-month pilot program soon to help accommodate people with cars, scooters and motorcycles.
“The city has experienced increased utilization of alternative vehicles, including scooters and motorcycles, which are environmentally friendly due to their low emissions as well as low expense to own, operate, and maintain,” reads a city memorandum about the program. “This increased usage of scooters and motorcycles has directly impacted parking demand and competition for curbside parking spaces.”
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The program, spearheaded by Commissioner John Elizabeth Alemán, will aim to provide enough spots for scooters and motorcycles bunched together so that they don’t have to take up curbside spots used for cars.
“We identified 35 spaces being utilized by scooters/motorcycles in the pilot area. At a minimum, we will provide this many and slightly more through a “corral” format,” said Miami Beach Parking Director Saul Frances. “This is a more efficient use of the parking spaces overall which should result in expanded parking opportunities for automobiles.”
A 60-day grace period will start Monday, during which the city will mail out educational fliers, post signage, issue warnings and adjust the number of spots between motorcycles and cars to meet the need. On May 23, scooter and motorcycles will start getting citations if they’re parked in regular spots. On May 30, towing will begin.
The city’s administration will monitor the program over the course of the following six months. Residents can email their comments or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Area of parking pilot program on Normandy Isle
▪ Bay Drive between 71st Street and Rue Versailles
▪ Biarritz Drive between Rue Versailles and Rue Vendome
▪ Brest Esplanade between Biarritz Drive and Bay Drive
▪ Rue Vendome between 71St Street and Biarritz Drive