Hollywood – As if finding a parking space on Hollywood Beach isn’t difficult enough, beginning this week, it will be even harder. This South Florida beach, with its popular boardwalk, will be under construction for at least the next two years.
Beginning midnight on Monday, July 8, the construction involves demolishing the 630-space parking garage on Johnson Street (yikes!) and closing 146 parking spaces in front of the garage as well as close to 50 spaces on Johnson and Michigan Streets. That’s a little over 820 spaces that will no longer exist. The areas under construction will be fenced in. The city is allowing this so that the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort can be built.
Alternate parking options
The city says they have a plan that will provide beach goers with parking spaces. However, those spaces may be several blocks away. (Bring your walking shoes.) They will be pointing people toward some 2,000 available parking spaces along the beach and directing traffic to some private, currently under used, parking lots. Signs will be posted to direct people to potential parking areas. The parking lot at Hollywood Beach Resort, 101 North Ocean Dr., on the south end of the beach, the Garfield Garage, 300 Connecticut St., which is several blocks north of Johnson Street, will still be available for parking. And if you are lucky maybe you’ll still find a parking spot street side. The city is also looking into building another parking garage in the fire station lot on Nebraska Street and A1A at some point in the future.
A new resort and a new garage will be erected
City Mayer Peter Bober tells the Miami Herald that the inconvenience will be well worth it. The resort is expected to take 27 months to build. Once it is complete, there will be a parking garage with 600 hundred spaces. And yes, these spaces will be available to the public, as well as people visiting and staying at the resort.
“To make room for the Jimmy Buffett-styled Paradise — complete with seven restaurants and bars, several pools and a double FlowRider — the massive garage, street lot and sandy area that houses a playground and exercise equipment will have to go,” according to the Miami Herald.