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Downtown Miami Set To Host Formula One Racing For The Next Decade

Downtown Miami Set To Host Formula One Racing For The Next Decade

Formula One has announced plans to stage a street race in downtown Miami.

If commissioners approve, the first race would be held in October 2019, and be held annually for a decade. A vote on opening negotiations is scheduled for May 10, with a deal supposed to be reached by July 1 if approved.

Mayor Francis Suarez told The Independent that it would cost the city just $500k per year (other cities have paid up to $40 million in fees just to become a host). The other 99% of costs would be covered by private sources.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is helping to lead the plan.

Some downtown residents are opposed to the noise and congestion the race will create. A group called A group called Better Florida Alliance paid the Herald for a full page ad last October, opposing the race.

Construction, including road resurfacing, would also be needed to accommodate the race.

 

 

 

the potential course:

(via ken russell)

formula e in miami in 2015:

 

an ad by opponents:

 

 

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Can’t wait! If other downtown residents hate ultra, races, and noise, I welcome them to move to Kendall.

There’s plenty of silence, boredom, and traffic for you to keep busy with there’s.

Gene
Gene

Great – we should offer up Kendall as the place for this race – lots more room.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Kendall ?? LMAO Please…..

Anonymous
Anonymous

Lol @ Kendall… the only race going on there would be to get some cafesito and pastelitos at Sedanos ?

User
User

You can move to Kendall yourself and take the race with you. We will keep pushing back on this maddness.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Dude you know this F1 proposal is going to get approved. It’s a great event for the city and will create revenue! I wouldn’t waste my time if I were you….

Anonymous
Anonymous

Dude, you clearly are not Miami material. Move out grandpa, we will not miss you ?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Get off my lawn!!!
LOL – “User” you are either too old biologically or mentally. Either way you are the one that needs to move, Miami is just too young for you.
And yes – Ultra, F1 racing, and all the other events in downtown Miami = youth!

Anonymous
Anonymous

I see no difference between the erratic high speed driving in the video and my regular commute in Miami.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hilarious. 🙂

Anonymous
Anonymous

You ain’t lying…….

Polo
Polo

This Better Florida Alliance has it wrong. If they don’t like noise and congestion they should move to west Kendall or Wichita , Kansas, instead of fighting every world class event that come or want to come to Miami (Ultra, Formula One, etc.).

Anonymous
Anonymous

Formula 1 is BIG

Anonymous
Anonymous

I just dont see how the noise from F1 cars could be worse than the noise and congestion coming from the WMC every year that 90% of us hate… I say GET IT DONE and bring F1 back to Miami streets !!

Anonymous
Anonymous

I only have 2 words for this = F***** AWESOME

Anonymous
Anonymous

So, there will never be a park at Parcel B.

Anonymous
Anonymous

let’s hope there is. but i see another cuban museum before they put a much needed park. just another lie from miami politicians.

Anonymous
Anonymous

There’s Museum park and Bayfront park. How many more parks do we need in that area?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yes , as a fan of F1 , I would definitely support this.

Anonymous
Anonymous

given the street layout of downtown miami..whatever track layout they come up with is going to be tight, with little to no long straights, and few passing opportunities. Dont forget the bunch of ugly parcels that would be showcased via tv worldwide that are still present in downtown surrounding neighborhoods. This aint no singapore with the picturesque ferris wheel and marina bay sands in the backdrop.

ILoveMiami
ILoveMiami

I was there on opening day back in 1983 when Ralph Sanchez kicked off the Miami Grand Prix. Bayside had not been built yet. It rained all week-end. A total bust. It was better the next couple of years until I got bored with it. This really won’t hurt the city and it will be another feather (a small one) in our cap. A beautiful casino with lots of restaurants and shows including Cirque would be even better.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Go to gulfstream to see the quality people casinos bring.

Anonymous
Anonymous

did you even look at the course? it’s mostly straight ways including the entire port bridge and access road, there is no one near this area to live and hear anyways

Anonymous
Anonymous

Thank you, this will be great for Miami and it’s publix exposure. We are much more than south beach and drinks.

Gene
Gene

Yeah, like what? That’s what we do best in Miami – Bespoke cocktails.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Buddy Gene up here is clearly a tourist….

Anonymous
Anonymous

lol @ “buddy gene”

Anonymous
Anonymous

F1 is absolute world class. I’m biased as a major fan of the sport, but the amount of revenue and investment this brings for us surpasses the burden of closures, traffic, etc. The noise is only a major pollution during daylight hours so it’s not even as bad as Ultra in that sense.

Plus, they haven’t even released the track yet; for all we know it could be put in Dodge Island, separated out from mainland traffic.

Anonymous
Anonymous

“TAXPAYER MONEY SHOULD GO TO REPAIRING ROADS FOR OUR COMMUNITY.”

It should, but it doesn’t. At least with the extra tax revenue events like this generate, corrupt politicians can be held more accountable, so another Metrorail penny tax debacle doesn’t happen again.

Gene
Gene

But they don’t really generate the tax revenue you seem to think they do.

just me
just me

GREAT, YES, GO FORMULA 1!!!
we need events like this to keep showcasing Miami.

Anonymous
Anonymous

how long would it take to setup the stands required for the expectators? Its likely that the track would be much larger than the one laid out for the ePrix race from a few years ago. From a road closures standpoint, this will probably a bigger and longer lasting impact than Ultra.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The Formula E series f1 cars they raced here in 2011 made no noise at all. Let’s hope there’s more of both races

Anonymous
Anonymous

I think you meant first (and only time) held here in 2015..

Anonymous
Anonymous

Lewis Hamilton already posted a message on Instagram stating how excited he is for it to be coming to Miami in 2019, so if that doesn’t pretty much solidify the move, I don’t would! This is exactly what the city of Miami NEEDS!

Anonymous
Anonymous

I attended every Miami Grand Prix Race in the past and will attend this race next year. Formula 1 has the best cars designed specifically for street racing. This will be wonderful.

A. Nonymous
A. Nonymous

Why not do it same time as Ultra, get all of the noise over with at once?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Sure…and have a few of those smelly drugged up kids from ultra pull some stupid stunt en get injured/killed by an F1 car.. I dont think so..

Anonymous
Anonymous

The Grand Prix back in the 80’s was great! Anyone bitching about noise/traffic due to events that is living downtown should re-evaluate their address.

Vote No
Vote No

Terrible idea.

Anonymous
Anonymous

This is awesome news for the city of Miami!!! Can’t wait.

Traffic? What traffic?
Traffic? What traffic?

Another terrible idea from Miami’s elected officials and salaried administrators.

Anonymous
Anonymous

it’s not the noise over a few days that would bother me as a downtown resident, it’s that the city/state have proven completely incompetent at road construction, and this would lead to months (if not years) of road shutdowns and delays. traffic is already horrible. this wouldn’t be worth it.

Anonymous
Anonymous

It would be terrible for the planned renovation of Biscayne into a Grand Boulevard.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Miami needs lots of things. This is not one of them.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Dude it’s not like its gonna be a year/month or even week-long race for that matter… this will be a weekend event and I don’t see how all the whining about noise and road closures etc (which will only last a few days) would outweigh the positive economic impact this would have for the city and businesses in close proximity to the race… quit crying

User
User

Ultra takes over a month is preparation so can you imagine how long this would take? I really hope this doesn’t go through.

Anon
Anon

Ultra takes exactly 14 day’s from build, to event hosting, to strike down. Relax. EPrix in 2015 took exactly 7 day’s from build, to race to strike. The F1 will take approx 10 days (in total). This is what makes Miami “the City that never sleeps”. Residents should stop ignorantly renting and buying in this area if they cannot take the noise or traffic.