Saturday, August 24, 2013

Attn.: Miami Beach visitors and residents ... remember these images next time you get a parking ticket

City of Miami Beach Parking Enforcement vehicle
parked illegally in front of hydrant at 14th St. 

and Washington Ave. 
Photograph by Steve Berke.

That's right, Miami Beach taxpayers...I know this is hard to believe, but some City of Miami Beach employees think there are two kinds of laws on the Beach: There are the laws that you have to obey, and then there are the laws that they get to break with impunity.

Last July 25 Local 10 reported:
So far this year, the city [of Miami Beach] has made $1,766,110 from issuing parking tickets.

But not everyone pays. Leonard Freeman, a parking enforcement officer in Coral Gables, received a ticket in the 1800 block of Purdy Avenue at 1:44 a.m. His ticket was dismissed.
Freeman offered no comment. He didn't cite working for Coral Gables as the reason for the parking ticket dismissal, according to his union.

Local 10 [also] found two USPS workers using their own cars had tickets dismissed. A Miami Beach police officer had two tickets dismissed while he was off duty. An on-duty fire department lieutenant also had two tickets dismissed despite not driving a department-issued vehicle at the time.
The two photographs on this page of a Miami Beach Parking Enforcement vehicle parked at 14th Street and Washington Ave. were shot Saturday afternoon by mayoral candidate Steve Berke.

Berke says he spotted the vehicle being parked in front of a fire hydrant by a uniformed - and heavily-tattooed - Parking Enforcement employee, who when confronted by Berke, refused to give his name.

On his Facebook page Berke writes: "I just witnessed a parking enforcement employee illegally park his car in front of this fire hydrant on 14th and Washington and go shopping for groceries, so i pulled over, followed him in, showed him the pictures I took, and told him I was going to report him. The look on his face was priceless."

The fine for parking in front of a hydrant in Miami Beach is
$38...but you can bet your ass the driver of this car
didn't write himself a ticket.
Photograph by Steve Berke.


  1. As disgraceful is City official policy of "professional courtesy" for city employees to dismiss towing fees.

  2. Dear Steve I was expecting more from you... clearly you are not going for the big fishes, it is disapointing, remeber the fish rots from the head. If you want my vote you have to do better, go to the city hall and get the reports of internal audits performed to the parking deparment, permits, valet and garage concessions agreements. right there is corruption, lack of control and lack of accountability is written a hundred times but... a poor city employee may be in a hurry to go to the bathroom, come on stevie!!! is almost shameful and embarrasing going after the weakest prey in the chain food??!! serioulsy??!!, i still think that you are better than that, go get them tiger!!

    1. Everyone is accountable.

    2. what about city hall 4th floor ,big people


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