Miami Beach

Key target for red light cameras just east of Belle Isle

The city of Miami Beach continues to prepare to snap photos of red light runners at key intersections and fine the car owners caught on camera — and one of the targets is just across our bridge at Alton Road and 17th Street.

You probably heard that a court ruling on Aventura’s red light camera program has stopped that city from issuing fines. Miami Beach, which has been wrangling with its contractor over meeting deadlines, plans to delay imposing fines as well until they get more clarity on the court case. A ruling isn’t expected from the Third District Court of Appeal before fall or winter of 2010. The Florida Legislature is also considering legislation that could impact the use of red light cameras.

But the cameras are being installed, and according to a recommendation (PDF) the Miami Beach City Commission will hear Wednesday, the city intends to move forward. More than $1 million in fine revenue hangs in the balance for the city. Infractions will sting — $125 a pop.

The cameras are focused on the city’s most accident-prone intersections, and several are of keen interest to Belle Isle residents. The one closest to home is Alton Road and 17th Street westbound. To be clear, the cameras at the Alton Road and 17th intersection will be targeting cars heading toward Belle Isle, at that long, lousy light where folks going straight to our island back up in a left turn/straight lane.

Other intersections in South Beach are 17th Street and Washington Avenue (southbound and eastbound); Dade Boulevard and 23rd Street and Dade Boulevard and Washington Avenue (east bound), Fifth Street and Alton Road (eastbound) and Chase Avenue and Alton Road (northbound).

We’ll let you know what action the city commission takes on Wednesday.

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