Well, just got some great news!!
There's an ordinance that waives parking fees in the Port of Miami for handicapped. You can be a non-resident, as long as you have a tag and an installed handicapped device e.g. lift, ramp, hand controls.
Just saved $250
This is from their main web site page:
For Disabled Persons
Notice to Disabled Parking Patrons (Effective November 16, 2013 at 12:01 a.m.)
Based on Ordinance 13-104
That Amends Section 30-338.2 of the Miami–Dade County Code;
Public parking charges will apply
to vehicles parking at PortMiami’s public parking facilities that display a disabled parking permit or license tag, except as provided by Florida state law*. However, a vehicle displaying a disabled parking permit or license tag will be allowed up to two (2) hours of free parking. Any vehicle exceeding the two-hour free parking period will be charged for the entire time the vehicle uses the facility.
*In accordance with Florida state law, no parking charges will be imposed on any vehicle with specialized equipment, such as ramps, lifts, foot or hand controls, for use by a person with a disability, or any vehicle displaying the Florida Toll Exemption permit.
How to request complimentary disabled parking at PortMiami:
- At the exit, advise the parking attendant that you would like a disability waiver of parking.
- The parking attendant will examine your vehicle to determine if the driver/vehicle meets the criteria for a parking waiver.
- The parking attendant will inspect the vehicle to determine if a Florida Turnpike Toll Exemption sticker is affixed to it and/or if the vehicle has specialized equipment and a hanging tag from the Division of Motor Vehicles verifying the equipment.
- Once the parking attendant has verified that a disability waiver of parking is allowable, the driver's name, address and the registration number on the sticker or hanging tag will be recorded on a form by the parking attendant.