Activists Want Ultra Music Festival Rent Doubled To $2.5 Million

Some downtown Miami residents are complaining that Ultra Music Festival isn’t paying enough rent.

An activist group calling itself the Downtown Neighbors Alliance wants the rent that Ultra pays to be doubled to $2.5 million. Bayfront Park’s Management Trust collects rent and uses it for maintenance and events throughout the year.

The former president of the DNA complained to the Herald about disruption, including noise, alcohol, drugs, public nudity, and sex that the festival brings. They also say it shuts a portion of the park from March 1 to late April for set up and cleanup.

Last year, the same group launched a change.org petition to remove both Rolling Loud and Ultra from the park, but it didn’t meet a goal of 1,500 signatures. In contrast, about 50,000 people signed a 2014 petition demanding that the festival be kept at Bayfront.

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Hotels, restaurants, airlines, and drivers all get a piece of the Ultra pie – the multiplier effect for this event is massive and needs to be sustained here in Miami!

Anonymous
2 years ago

” complained to the Herald about disruption, including noise, alcohol, drugs, public nudity, and sex that the festival brings.”

All of that has been around for millenniums!!!. lol. Bunch of prudes. It’s just a weekend. Chill.

suomynona
2 years ago

If you could read, it literally said the park is shut down for weeks, on top of the sex, drugs and loud noise.

suomynona
2 years ago

Couldn’t they host it somewhere like the Fairgrounds?

Anthony
2 years ago

This is ridiculous… why does this group want ultra out so bad? I, like many others moved to downtown/brickell area to be where everything is happening. This concert brings millions to the whole city. It’s only 3 dam days. If they want a sleepy town with high rises, move to sunny isles. Get over it!

Polo
2 years ago

If they don’t like the noise, then they should move to west Kendall.

Anonymous
2 years ago

*eyeroll* Ultra is one the most important and profitable music festivals in the world. The city of Miami would be stupid to kick it out of the city. And we as residents should be glad that it continues to grow in Miami. Yes, with every event this size there will be outliners, but by and large it goes off with minimal problems each year.

Anonymous
2 years ago

These are the same condo dwellers who want to shut down the clubs on 11th street. If you don’t like noise ..don’t live downtown

Gene
2 years ago

Yep that’s right, the same tax paying residents that are asking for some peace on the weekends. These clubs need to follow the noise ordinance.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Gene, you’re annoying. Make us all a big favor and move out of town.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I second that!! Move to Tampa if you hate it that much here…

Miami Hurricane
2 years ago

I love when millionaires cry publicly about their poor decisions. It’s still a bull market, you can turn it around. Unless you got one of those West views.

Danny Costa
2 years ago

People are lame. Stop trying to ruin a good thing for downtown

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yea whatever… go somewhere else during the festivities so you won’t have to deal with it!

Jesus
2 years ago

Is that what you would do if a festival of this size came to your neighborhood?

Miami Hurricane
2 years ago

If one pays $1M for a condo to live downtown in one of the most eclectic and tropical cities on the planet, they might want to assume it comes with loud music.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Why would one assume that a condo downtown comes with loud music?

Anonymous
2 years ago

I think he meant in general that it would come with a robust active night life. major city down towns host numerous social events of a grand scale. Look at NYC with their time square ball drop festivities and live performances.

Gene
2 years ago

Miami is not and will never be New York

Oscar
2 years ago

and New York is not not Miami and will never be so

Anonymous
2 years ago

That wasn’t the point idiot. The point made by that above Anonymous, was big city downtowns in general. geez! He just gave NYC as an example of many more out there.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Plenty of people live downtown or midtown, uptown and in between and have a nice quiet home.

Noise kills
2 years ago

It is the bass noise that drives residents and office workers crazy.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The festival has been there since before you had a condo. This festival has always put Miami on the map, attracts international attention, and makes the city and the park money. Maybe you should move to the suburbs.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Exactly. Ultra was #1 trending worldwide on Twitter last night. The amount of interest and exposure it brings Miami which leads to people and investment the other 362 days a year is above and beyond what the actual festival brings and should be included in its impact as well.

Gene
2 years ago

Glad you’re staying in Westchester

Jesus
2 years ago

I don’t agree with the idea of doubling the rent. This event brings great economic activity to the area. What we need is an understanding that downtown Miami is a place to party and that this is inevitable. If there is a problem, call the police. Perhaps a special team of folks could be dedicated to the area to ensure residents are happy. Compromise folks!

Flymia
2 years ago

The problem is the city has abused it’s using the park. The only decent park in Miami pretty much, as a profit making device. And even then it rents the space out at crazy low rates. For the first 5-months of 2018 the park is open and in good shape for about 4-weeks.

That is the issue, it’s not just Ultra, it’s every other event that happens there. And no those events where not there 7-10 years ago whe these condos starting filling up.

I agree that you can’t be over sensitive. But people under estimate how loud those clubs on 11th street are, they are breaking the law. Or how bad the condition of the park is after big events. It’s useless for weeks alert ultra.

Ultra should pay a little more. Not double, but more. And there should be a limit on large events.

And to the author. Rolling Louds is not coming back to Bayfront and that is likely due to the work of the DNA.

I am 100% for Ultra. But there needs to be some sort of order for other events and can’t give ultra a sweetheart deal. They makes tens of millions in profit.

Miami Hurricane
2 years ago

If we brought Carnival to Downtown Miami for February in lieu of Mardi Gras, it would make Ultra look like a walk in the park.

No More Olds
2 years ago

What’s the median age of the “activists”, over 60 I’m guessing? Move to Kansas, or any quieter burbs. I know they’re building some high rises off Sunrise near the Everglades. Otherwise make an appointment with Dr Kevorkian LOL

Anonymous
2 years ago

If the money went to renovating the park not to be a wasteland for most the year, I wouldn’t mind.

aceraroja
2 years ago

The noise isn’t my main issue, mentally deficient assholes in cars honking at the bridge annoy me more than some shitty music. It’s that it uses the only semi-decent park in downtown as a private venue and wrecks it so that it has to be renovated every year. If that could all be shortened, it wouldn’t be so bad. The thousands of crackheads doing their zombie walks back their cars to kill each other on the roads are kind of entertaining.

One major thing that should be done is to ban arrival by private car within the CBD. All parking should be at garages outside the core and attendees must either walk or take Metromover, with the routes staffed by a sort of usher to make it easy for people unfamiliar with the system.

Anonymous
2 years ago

How do you know that “thousands of crackheads” are at this music festival?… unless you, yourself, is a crackhead and you run into so many of your peeps, or, you sell a lot of crack there?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Impossible, unless you want to make traffic even worse. Make parking triple the price to go to transit, with a steering committee to make sure.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Ultra was there First.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Translation:
All the DNA activists want is an envelope with a cut of the Ultra Music Festival revenue.

Anonymous
2 years ago

i agree, it should be more, and if they dont like it they can go to orlando

Gene
2 years ago

Wow – you must’ve gone to MDC, with an idea like that.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Says the guy who bought a condo without realizing that living around clubs and festivals might bring the noise.

Deadmau5
2 years ago

Y’all fools would be stoopid to fed rid of Ultra.

Swedish House Mafia
2 years ago

Tell em bro. They have no clue.

Calvin Harris
2 years ago

Ultra forever!!!

Chainsmokers
2 years ago

Yeah but I don’t mind having to pay a little more each year to use the park. We’ll still be rolling in dough either way

Anonymous
2 years ago

For that kind of money…love Ultra. I was amazed at how clean the sidewalk was from the metro to entrance. If only the tractors didn’t make backup noise.. Cars probably back over someone 100,000 to 1.

Anonymous
2 years ago

For that much money I can leave for 3 days…But…those tractors beep until 1 in the morning for a month before and who knows how long after.

Noise is abusive
2 years ago

Noise, especially the bass noise is a huge problem. Downtown residents just forced reviled Club Heart to close. Closing Club Space is next. Ultra should pay at least $3 Million IF Ultra is allowed to stay.

Ultra - time to go
2 years ago

The noise, especially the bass noise, drives residents and office workers insane. Ultra should move to the Hard Rock Stadium parking lot with the Miami/Broward Open Tennis Tourney.

Miami Hurricane
2 years ago

I’ve lived across the Main Stage and it was not a problem.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Ultra brings it upon themselves, sound checking at 9am on the weeks is unnecessary, they do things that make it miserable for downtown residents, the walls and the then bordering them up is ridiculous creates an eyesore. They bring it upon themselves by missing off downtown residents.

Anonymous
2 years ago

It’s literally for one week. You are painting this out to be the Berlin Wall. Stop it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

They can stop the 9am sound checks on the weekend

Gene
2 years ago

No it really affects the park for 6 weeks.

Madonna
2 years ago

Ultra has been going on before most of these people lived in Downtown Miami. It’s a tradition weather you like it or not. It’s like when people complain about landfills getting larger.

Gene
2 years ago

Better go back to MDC and finish your degree

Anonymous
2 years ago

“weather” you like it or not… lol….

Gene
2 years ago

Absolutely right.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Move this to Doral and keep the Miami Soccer stadium here.

Anonymous
2 years ago

LOL. WUT? Knock down an important park for a permanent stadium? Plus, though Ultra may still be successful in Doral, the logistics would be a mess.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Sorry, by “here” I meant Miami / downtown.

Keeping things real
2 years ago

I wish these commenters would stop acting like Ultra is something it isn’t. It brings in a lot of trashy people doing drugs and engaging in other behaviors that are not acceptable. Ultra doesn’t make Miami “world-class”. It cheapens the city. Let Las Vegas take Ultra and all the other cheap entertainment. Let Miami aspire for something better and grander.

Anonymous
2 years ago

LMAOOOOO WOW

Anonymous
2 years ago

Send me to my room daddy. I’ve been Ultra bad.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Oh you mean like South Beach?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami is much more than world class and Vegas put together.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Um, really?

Gene
2 years ago

A compromise is very possible: less setup and takedown time; lower decibels and slightly shorter hours – also redirect the stages to direct the noise toward the water.