Signs signs~ song by Tesla
Everywhere there’s signs
Fucking up the scenery
Breaking my mind
Do this, don’t do that
Can’t you read the sign
Does a park really need more than a hundred parking signs?
That’s the question asked by Linda Robertson in her Miami Herald article earlier this week.
In an effort to make visiting Virginia Key easier, the City of Miami has shut down the tolls booths at the entrance to the park and installed Pay by Phone meters instead.
The daily fee of $6 weekdays and $8 on weekends has not increased, but you will need to find one of the 12 pay-by-plate machines or use your Pay-by-Phone app. And to make certain you understand the new system, the city has installed 125 instructional signs. Yes! 125 signs! As Robertson notes, “beachgoers, cyclists, kayakers and paddleboarders visiting scenic Virginia Key may find it a little less scenic now…”
According to the article, Jose Palacios, who rides the 60 acres of trails two or three times a week, doesn’t mind using his phone app for the parking tolls. But he does object to the “profusion of signs that have sprouted every 25 yards on the tree-lined roadway as well as at the beach and bike parking areas.”
It’s a park and they’ve put up so many signs everywhere.Jose Palacios