Heart Nightclub is closing after a battle over noise levels.
Last year, the nightclub sued the city over noise citations, claiming the developers, brokers and property owners were conspiring to close area clubs in order to redevelop the area.
Heart’s landlord was named as a plaintiff in the suit. Just days later, an attorney for the landlord intervened, saying the club had been unauthorized to sue on their behalf. The suit was dismissed in February.
Among those complaining was a resident of Ten Museum Park, according to the lawsuit. The city also provided Little Haiti activist Peter Ehrlich with a copy of an interpretation of its Noise Code, the suit stated.
Michael Slyder, Heart’s CFO, issued the following statement:
“During this past year, the clubs in our 24-hour entertainment district have been constantly attacked by new condo developers, residents and the City of Miami. We have fought a good fight and spent a great deal of money on lawyers but now it’s time for us to throw in the towel. It is quite obvious that our neighbors don’t want to compromise to resolve the issue, that real estate agents and developers want clubs closed as they think by doing so property values will increase, and that the City is less interested in protecting nightlife and its businesses than in the past.
We at Heart will be taking the time that we are closed to rest and decide whether to launch somewhere else or just stay at rest. We thank you for your support and the amazing events and experiences that you have helped us create during the past three years.”