Ever since the renovation of Belle Isle Park in 2008 and the changes in on-street parking that came with it, daytime traffic on the south side of the island on Island Avenue has been a challenge. (maybe we ought to say, even a greater challenge).
Loading zones are few, and trucks often block the street beginning with food trucks in the morning rush hour and throughout the weekday.
Part of the problem is design; another is too few spaces. But cars and trucks that overstay the 30-minute parking zones and loading zones make it all worse.
Starting Monday, the city of Miami Beach plans to crack down on violators, at the request of Belle Isle residents. Here’s the note Belle Isle Residents Association president Scott Diffenderfer sent our this weekend:
Please note that new Freight Loading Zones and 30 minute parking zones are in effect on Belle Isle and the warning period is over. Cars in violation will be ticketed and/or towed at owner’s expense. Please make sure you and your guests pay attention to the signs and park legally. These parking zones were created due to resident complaints of trucks illegally parking in the road.