South Beach just got a little more expensive for visitors and those doing business around the city’s southernmost region.
Last month, the Miami Beach Commission voted to institute increased parking rates and hours of enforcement exclusively in South Beach.
Starting October 1st, metered parking rates south of 23rd street increased from $1.25 per hour to $1.50, nabbing the city more than $2 million in anticipated revenue, according to Nannette Rodriguez, Miami Beach public information officer.
The changes will also see enforcement times increase by three hours, now from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. instead of the earlier midnight deadline. This increase, offset by the addition of three new parking enforcement employees, will add more than $1 million to the city’s coffers, according to city estimates.
The commission passed the agenda item at a budget hearing in September, with only two commissioners, Jonah Wolfson and Michael Gongora, opposing the change.
“I just thought it was too much, too soon,” said Gongora. He said that he didn’t want to scare visitors away from Miami Beach. Alternatively, Gongora cited corporate branding opportunities and pension reform as possible revenue sources that don’t require tax/fee increases.
The changes will not affect parking rates elsewhere in the city, in city garages, or residents using an iPark device, which will still preserve the $1 per hour parking rate.
Already earlier this year, facing budget shortfalls and unable to make substantive budget cuts, Miami Beach raised its property tax rates.