Miami Wants To Reopen Negotiations With Ultra Music Festival

Ultra Music Festival may return to downtown Miami after all.

At a meeting yesterday, commissioners agreed yesterday that they were open to reconsidering a return of Ultra, possibly at Bayfront Park, the Herald reported.

In response, City Manager Emilio Gonzalez said he would restart talks with Ultra’s organizers.

At least three of five commissioners said they were open to the idea of Ultra returning, including Keon Hardemon, Ken Russell, and Joe Carollo. They warned though that the festival must work to address noise and other complaints from residents.

Ultra would have paid $2 million in rent, and has a big economic impact including hotel rooms and media exposure.

Miami Beach and Homestead commissioners are also scheduled to discuss the possibility of  hosting Ultra in their cities at meetings this week.

 

(photo:vinch)

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Anonymous
1 year ago

The best spot is in downtown, access to two highways, roads and three types of rail.

Anonymous
1 year ago

& thousands of walkable hotel rooms.

Anonymous
1 year ago

No.. Melreese Golf Course/Park is the best spot.

marc
1 year ago

Sure, so the pilots can really get confused from the light show.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I love it when people like marc think they know everything. Hey marc, it depends on where the show lights are located in the park and what kind of lights they’ll be allowed to use.

Miami
1 year ago

If the pilots get confused on what’s a landing strip and what’s not, then I’m really concerned.

Anonymous
1 year ago

No, Hialeah Park is perfect with a Metrorail station!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Really hope it comes back to Downtown, urban NIMBYs be damned

The City of Miami has seemingly had a string of defeats recently because its political leaders lack conviction and/or foresight (Ultra, F1, Inter Miami)

Anonymous
1 year ago

its not the NIMBY’s its the commissioners doing a shake down.

Anonymous
1 year ago

No. It’s these events that exploit the host city.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
1 year ago

EXPLOIT? Explain.

POLO
1 year ago

No, these events do not exploit the city. They give the city world wide publicity and exposure!

Anonymous
1 year ago

I live in Downtown and I want Ultra back

Anonymous
1 year ago

same!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Call/Email Ken Russell and Joe Carollo.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Not only that but the world wide exposure.
Bring it back to downtown

Anonymous
1 year ago

Me as welll

Azarius
1 year ago

Bayfront is the best location and it makes the most since

marc
1 year ago

since when?

Anonymous
1 year ago

haha… you’re too funny

Anonymous
1 year ago

Naahh, Melreese Golf Course/Park is the best location.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
1 year ago

The golf course? You lost your mind. Shh!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Do me a favor.. research what a lot of cities in the USA are doing or planning to do with golf courses. You’ll find out that just like Melreese, most of them are big useless tax money wasting large pieces of land that are seldom used and cities are selling them off to developers.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Someone at City of Miami finally ran the numbers and realized…No Ultra, No Bonus this year!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

For those of you that live in the City of Miami and support Ultra in downtown, please call/email your commissioner. I emailed Ken Russell who is up for reelection this year. I must have not been the only one. This is the guy who said Ultra and Miami outgrew each other but now wants it back.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Email address and phone number for the commissioners

Anonymous
1 year ago

First, find out which district you’re in with this map: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=e44c932135584e77b4ad9866a0798568

Then here is contact info

Commissioner Wifredo (Willy) Gort is the elected official for District 1.

Telephone
(305) 250-5430
Email
wgort@miamigov.com

Commissioner Ken Russell is the elected official for District 2.

Telephone
305-250-5333
Email
krussell@miamigov.com
Commissioner Ken Russell’s Official Page

Commissioner Joe Carollo is the elected official for District 3.

Telephone
(305) 250-5380
Email
jcarollo@miamigov.com

Commissioner Manolo Reyes is the elected official for District 4.

Telephone
(305) 250-5420
Email
mreyes@miamigov.com

Commissioner Keon Hardemon is the elected official for District 5.

Telephone
(305) 250-5390
Email
KHardemon@miamigov.com

Anonymous
1 year ago

Ken Russell
3052505333
krussell@miamigov.com

transplant
1 year ago

If Downtown Chicago can handle Lollapalooza why can’t Miami NIMBY’s handle Ultra? The future is inevitable…

Anonymous
1 year ago

Did you just compare downtown Chicago to Downtown Miami? Wow. Ok…

Anonymous
1 year ago

The people living in those towers downtown across the street from Bayfront park are going to fight tooth and nail to prevent this from coming back. That’s why it’s better to place ULTRA in Melreese park.

Anonymous
1 year ago

ULTRA should go to South Beach

Anonymous
1 year ago

People living in Downtown knew that Ultra was a yearly event. So shut up!

Anonymous
1 year ago

“So shut up?”

To some mother out there, come get him, your little baby is out here getting disrespectful and belligerent again.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Joe reading all these comments realizing if he wants to keep working in government he better straighten up on this issue. Idiot.

Sgt. Sapingo
1 year ago

?

Miami to Ultra at 3am, “Hey, you up?”

Anonymous
1 year ago

Smart.. Not a good idea to lose Ultra to another city in South Florida.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Joe is the reason this shit got moved in the first place? What a flip flopper. Voting out.

Anonymous
1 year ago

so… you wouldn’t ordinarily vote this freaking psycho criminal out if it weren’t for the ULTRA debacle ??!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Uh.. nope!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Ultra playing chess; Miami playing checkers.

Anonymous
1 year ago

2020 Ultra Bayfront!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Mark my words! We will fight this to the end! Even if it means staying up past our 6PM bedtimes!

-Downtown Miami Neighbors Alliance

Anonymous
1 year ago

LOL^

Anonymous
1 year ago

Lmao, so true!

Anonymous
1 year ago

I would like Ultra back downtown especially now that we have Brightline, MWC and Skyrise! This helps draw more people downtown and more revenue for local businesses. I also want to see Miami Beach (Miami’s competition) steal Ultra back and make it even better! Miami needs to start learning there lesson by losing big events like Ultra because of the stupid do called leadership they lack!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yes!

marc
1 year ago

lol What a clown show.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Gene!

Anonymous
1 year ago

At least three of five commissioners said they were open to the idea of Ultra returning, including Keon Hardemon, Ken Russell, and Joe Carollo. LMAO !!!!!! 3 amigos with both hands held out for their own burlap sack with a HUGE $ sign on it !!!!!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

I live downtown and want Ultra back where it belongs.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Gene!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Gene!

Anonymous
1 year ago

look, patience, one thing at a time.. right now Miami World Center is getting closer to completion and I’m working on preventing them from having any kind of entertainment there right now.

– Gene

Anonymous
1 year ago

Soon Park West will have no nightlife thanks to our efforts. Keep fighting brother Gene!

– Joe

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yeah, we’ll soon turn this city and Miami Beach into a lame-ass place to be.. just keep up the good bro…

– Gene

Anonymous
1 year ago

It is the 9am sound checks Saturday and Sunday that are completely unnecessary. They only get an hour of sound checks on Friday, why do they need a lot more those two days?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Because those are the best or hyped up days and the best DJ’s playing that’s why.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Call Ken Russell

305-250-5333
krussell@miamigov.com

Anonymous
1 year ago

Don’t get your hopes up. It’ll be back-and-forth for the next ten months.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Ultra could be held at Dolphin stadium facility and more centrally located to all counties.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Nothing like negotiating from a position of “strength”…

FormerRaver
1 year ago

Regarding the noise, they could turn down the speakers while live streaming it. Those who want to destroy their hearing can listen with earphones at maximum volume.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Homestead sounds appealing ?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Mucho dinero!!!!