The plan sets aside a few blocks near the ballpark where area residents can park. But it bans residential parking on many more stretches — to accommodate baseball fans coming to watch a game.
People who live on those banned blocks will have to find somewhere else to park on the 81 times a year — mostly night games — when the Marlins play at home.
This issue came up at a town meeting last night, at which angry local residents, well, got angry about the new parking restrictions. According to the Miami Herald, most directed their ire at Miami Parking Authority planning director Rolando Tapanes, though there was ire a-plenty for the Marlins, too: “It just seems like the Marlins are laughing at us,” said resident Xochitl Perez after the meeting. “It’s not you guys. It’s not the city. It’s the Marlins — the ones who have been benefiting from all our tax dollars.”
This is actually an interesting twist to the Marlins stadium subsidy story, as here’s a public asset the city is giving up — street parking for its residents — that is hard to put a dollar value on, yet which undeniably is worth something. So put the total public cost of the new stadium at $478 million plus the heartbreak of cruising.