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Miami Beach to curb commercial vehicles parked at South Pointe Park

Signs have been posted at the South Pointe Park parking lot to warn commercial vehicles not to park there.
Signs have been posted at the South Pointe Park parking lot to warn commercial vehicles not to park there. jflechas@miamiherald.com

Parking at South Pointe Park, Miami Beach's southernmost park and beach access, is often difficult for beachgoers when contractors working in nearby condo towers park their vans there for the day.

Beginning Monday, the city will ticket parked commercial vehicles to encourage workers to find accommodations at the buildings they are servicing.

According to analysis by the Beach’s parking department, an average of 30 to 40 commercial vehicles park in the lot’s metered spots each day. Officials originally planned to start enforcement earlier in July, but local property managers and condo associations raised concerns. The warning period was extended to Monday, Aug. 1.

“We provided information about other parking facilities in the area which have the same rates, hours of operation but are a short distance away,” said Saul Frances, Miami Beach’s parking director. “I would add that we have seen contractor/construction vehicle parking significantly decrease in the South Pointe parking lot since the signs were posted. We certainly appreciate their voluntary compliance.”

Even with the extra heads-up, individual condo owners might run into problems when they call in services workers. Buildings typically accommodate contractors who work on building-wide issues, but units owners who call the cable guy or want to remodel could have issues.

“This is going to be a huge inconvenience for every individual condo owner who’s going to get a call from the plumber saying they can’t find a parking spot,” said Ronald Starkman, president of the Portofino South Pointe Master Homeowners Association. “What we’d like to see is the city be a little bit more flexible and allocate some spaces.”

Joey Flechas: 305-376-3602, @joeflech

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