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The next time parking enforcement officers use chalk to mark your tires, they might be acting unconstitutionally.

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that "chalking" is a violation of the Fourth Amendment.

The case was brought by Alison Taylor, a Michigan woman whom the court describes as a "frequent recipient of parking tickets." The city of Saginaw, Mich., like countless other cities around the country, uses chalk to mark the tires of cars to enforce time limits on parking.

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Travelers visiting Miami this holiday season will be paying more for parking come New Year’s Day.

City commissioners recently decided on increasing parking rates for non-residents, who’ll be charged $3 or more per hour to park. If you live in the city and register through the PayByPhone app, you’ll pay $1.40 per hour.

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In a 4-1 vote last week, the City of Miami Commission decided to increase parking rates across the city, a move which will bring an estimated $10 million extra in annual revenue.

But city residents will be able to pay a flat citywide rate of $1.40 -- which is in some cases cheaper than current rates -- on the condition that they register their cars with the city through the PayByPhone app. The app is owned by Volkswagen, the world’s largest car manufacturer.

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The downtown area of Key West was developed in the 1800s, before cars. Now it's a busy and successful area with lots of businesses and residents - a lot of them competing for parking on the street.

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The city of Miami could be hiking the price to park for nonresidents.

 

City commissioners are considering increasing the hourly rate to $3.25 an hour in some neighborhoods. Rates would increase for public parking lots, garages and curbside spots.

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Miami's government might raise parking rates across the city for the first time since 2009, in some cases by as much as $1.50 per hour. The reason city administrators give for the hike is simple: The city needs more money.

The amount of increase would depend on the neighborhood. Some high-demand areas such as downtown, Brickell, and Wynwood would see greater hikes than Little River, Calle Ocho and Coral Way, widening the gap between rates in different parts of the city.

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Over the last decade, the city of Miami has removed the vast majority of individual street parking meters and half of its multispace meters, according to the Miami Parking Authority. This has led to vast sections of the city that have no available methods of paying for parking other than using PayByPhone, a privately owned company that is owned by Volkswagen, the largest car manufacturer in the world.

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Parking in Miami was once a simple task: bring some change, maybe a few dollars to hand to the parking attendant, park your car, leave and return. But those days are long gone.

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If you’re going to the beach this weekend, you might want to check the parking prices before loading up the car—this is the first weekend of new, higher parking prices in Miami Beach.

The changes mostly affect metered parking spaces. In some neighborhoods, the meter rates will triple in cost.

You can see the change in fees broken down on the city’s website:

The change is projected to raise an additional $14 million in revenue for Miami Beach.

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Amid all the glowing reviews of Art Basel week, some art lovers also had complaints.

Getting to and from arts shows  was not always a pleasant experience for people who wanted to enjoy the exhibits and happenings this past week.

Parking in Miami Beach, Midtown and Wynwood - where most of the activities were taking place - was almost nonexistent past 5 p.m.

Lyng Ramirez of North Bay Village said she walked for blocks to her destination because  “parking is an issue.”

Wynwood Fights Parking Regulations

Aug 13, 2014
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The Miami Parking Authority is implementing meters throughout Wynwood, and the meters are meeting resistance from businesses in the area.

Representatives from the Miami Parking Authority were in attendance at the Wynwood Arts District Association meeting Tuesday evening.

Delray To Increase Parking Fee For Businesses

Jul 31, 2014
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The City of Delray Beach is looking to increase the parking fee some business owners pay to help build parking garages or city lots.

The city dictates how many parking spots a business must have based on what it is and how big it is: an office needs one spot per 300 square feet while a restaurant needs six spots per 1,000 square feet. Each time the use of a building changes the incoming business must meet the new parking requirements.

Parking In Miami Beach Will Be Easier Now (Maybe)

May 23, 2014
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Every year, Memorial Day vacationers flock to Miami Beach for a whole lot of sun, sand -- and parking stress. Just in time to help reduce some of that hair pulling, the Miami Beach Parking Department has released two smartphone apps.

ParkMe helps drivers find nearby parking, and for some locations, how full a specific deck or lot is. The other, called Parkmobile,  lets drivers to pay for parking on their smartphone.

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Francis Suarez’s Mayoral Race: There’s An App For That

Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez has a new iPhone app for his supporters to get direct news about his run for mayor.

Suarez said he created it because it fits in with his “high-tech campaign,” according to the blogger Elaine de Valle on Political Cortatido.

The app is called “Suarez 4 Mayor,” and if you tweet a screenshot and mention the commissioner’s account, you get a free t-shirt!