Construction is expected to begin Monday on the lobby level parking deck at 9 Island Avenue, Belle Isle’s largest condo, and the result will be a tighter parking situation for everyone who lives on the island.
9 Island residents have been told that guests can’t valet park at the building until the work concludes. The project – which includes the parking decks and pool deck – is supposed to last a year.
Why the parking problem? As construction displaces unit owners from spaces, they will be diverted to spaces where the 9 Island valets used to park visitors. And that means visitors to the 274-unit condo must park in residential spaces around Belle Isle Park.
To park in a residential space, you need a residential permit on weekends and at night. Only on weekdays, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., can someone without a permit park in a residential space around Belle Isle Park. And trust us, most weekdays those spots are filled. The Miami Beach ticket brigade is pretty active in enforcing the residential zone.
So if you live in 9 Island and want a guest to visit you without being ticketed or towed, take a trip to the Miami Beach Parking Department, 1755 Meridian Ave., where you can buy hang tags good for one use.
The parking office is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Expect to wait about a half hour to be served.
Tags cost $1.07 each, and you can buy 10 of them a month. You can buy three months worth at a time, and each licensed driver in your condo is entitled to that quota.
To buy them, you will need to show a vehicle registration with your Belle Isle address, a driver license, and some kind of bill (no more than 30 days old) from your Belle Isle address. It can’t be a web-based printout.