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Boaters Violating Law By Requesting Brickell Bridge Opening, But No Fines Issued

At least 69 unnecessary openings of the Brickell bridge were logged from January 2016 through May 2017, but no fines have ever been issued, according to the Herald.

All of the openings were for pleasure craft that were supposed to lower antennas and outriggers to pass under the bridge, but requested an unnecessary opening instead.

Fines can run up to $28,000. They are supposed to be issued by the Coast Guard.

Proposals to help ease traffic include a 30-minute extension of the rush hour lock-down period, when some, but not all boats cannot request an opening.

Also proposed is a pedestrian gate, security guards, and fines for pedestrians who slow the openings by ignoring instructions to stop.

 

 

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Why not add to the article how average citizens can file a complaint about the illegal openings to get these boaters fined…

LoFo
LoFo

This information would indeed be helpful. Anyone have a link or phone number?

Marc305
Marc305

This bridge has been and continues to be the biggest nuisance for Brickell/Downtown. Even if all these fines had been collected… so what? That would not improve the back up residents experience every single day. The only way to solve this problem is to build a tunnel, the sooner the better. As time goes by it will continue to get worse not better. Take a page from the port tunnel, it will be expensive no doubt but well worth the investment.

Dave
Dave

Wouldn’t it be a $billion or so cheaper to just rebuild the bridge higher? It wouldn’t need to be that much higher, it probably needs just an extra 15 to 20 feet or so. Boats fit under the Metromover bridge now. You would have to close the bridge for a few years while it is rebuilt (which would be a pain, but at least a predictable one) and close the 6th street/brickell intersection as Brickell would have to start rising before that point (maybe leave a one lane on each side open that would go u-turn the bridge). If not the Brickell bridge, maybe raise the S Miami Ave bridge. At least people would know that one of the bridges would be available.

Anonymous
Anonymous

^ Probably so. But people would rather dream of a tunnel that will never happen.

Marc305
Marc305

The same “dream” became a reality when they build the Port Tunnel. It is not impossible, it just takes money. Research and studies have already been done for this bridge, we are not starting from scratch.

Marc306
Marc306

With the container ships, the bridges would have to be as tall as I-95. Literally impossible to ramp up that high through downtown and brickell

Anonymous
Anonymous

Build a tunnel already

Anonymous
Anonymous

until the citizens of this county hold politicians accountable by voting them out of office and voting in forward thinking leaders who WILL fine these people and help maintain any quality of life then complaining is useless

Gringo
Gringo

I have a birds eye view of the bridge..MOST if not all can pass under the bridge if they lower their antenna…I watch the traffic line up for a 36′ Sea Ray with a fly bridge…they probably won’t feel so entitled when a $28k coast guard invoice arrives 30 days later, then another and another…fine em

Anonymous
Anonymous

I have that same view at 17 and 12 ave bridges. Same story. Back up traffic when poles should have been on down position. Then the bridge tender doesn’t put the bridge down til the boat is in open water!!!

Marc306
Marc306

Last time the Herald ran an article about the bridges, not one but TWO container ships were navigating the river in opposite directions at 5:30pm the following day. The Miami Ave and 2nd Ave bridges were up for 10+ minutes each (couldn’t see the Brickell bridge from my apt). It was some Chris Christie level stuff.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Why do the gate keepers allow the bridge to open for the recreational boats? “At least 69 times” from Jan, 2016-May, 2017 is almost once/week. Maybe if the bad behavior wasn’t rewarded, it would stop. That would help a bit and cost $0. If the fines were collected, the $ could be used to offset the cost of raising the bridge / building a tunnel..if the $ doesn’t fall into the wrong hands first.

MIAMI
MIAMI

The city should ban big ships in the river PERIOD!!, that river has so much potential but it’s all polluted and nasty!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Or you know, politicians could try to help the problem by lowering the parking minimums which encourage large parking garages in each building which induces demand.

mondocondo
mondocondo

Tunnels, new $bio bridges, get rid of all the cars, fire all the politicians? How about the simple solution of following the existing rules. Cheers.

Anonymous
Anonymous

you need the leaders of the city….the politicians to order law enforcement to follow laws already in existence…that does not take place in miami…just drive anywhere and witness constant breaking of existing motor vehicle laws and law enforcement completely ignoring such infractions…if these motorists were fined and in some cases including blatant road rage cases arrested it would make a huge difference in quality of life here

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