Over the weekend, very quietly and without announcement (at least no one told us) the Miami Dade Department of Health that boarders one part of the parking lot that attorneys and police officers use, broke down the fence line, and constructed a new fence line taking the entire first row out of parking lot 26. You can see in the pictures that an alert reader emailed us over the weekend, that workers were busy all weekend. By the time you arrive on Tuesday, your ability to park will have been reduced by approximately 33%. And in a parking lot that often runs out of spaces on Mondays and Tuesdays, the loss of spaces is a big deal.
In this photo you can see the yellow tape where the workers were installing a fence. The entrance to the lot is on the left. The parking spots lost would be everything above the tape- the first row as you enter the lot.
In this photo- facing the entrance of the lot and the courthouse behind the photographer- you can see where the fence has already been installed on the right, taking away the first row. By Tuesday, the deed will probably already have been done.
Another shot showing the fence installed on the far right of the photo and where the fence will be going. All of the spots above the fence in the photo- the first row- will be lost.
Who did this? Who authorized this and why? Does Judge Soto- the hero of the initial (and infamous) parking lot crisis about a year ago- know about this? Where will we park? Where will young ASA's toting their carts from County Court while gripping their Starbucks latte's walk?
Stay tuned for the answers to these and other questions. And for those of you following us over the long weekend on Twitter @justicebuilding and were expecting our story on the proposed new development of the "gritty" neighborhood around the courthouse, it has been delayed a day based on these photos which were sent to us by a Rumpole spy.
See You In Court, once we find parking.