The City of Miami unanimously voted Thursday to approve a resolution that waives fees for sidewalk cafe permits and provides cash credit to restaurants to cover next year's fees.
"Miami restaurant owners pay some $3,000 to $20,000 annually for the sidewalk permits, so this will bring much-needed financial relief during the pandemic," a spokesperson said.
The resolution goes into effect immediately.
The spokesperson noted that the city collected $106,585 in sidewalk permit fees in 2020, since outdoor dining has increased significantly throughout the pandemic.
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Miami City Commissioner Ken Russell, whose district covers Brickell, Midtown and Coconut Grove, sponsored the bill.
It was approved unanimously on January 28, and after a second reading by the commission Thursday, the resolution passed again with everyone's vote.