Some Downtown Residents Demand City Block Formula 1, Ultra

A cease and desist letter has been sent to the City of Miami over Ultra Music Festival and plans to host Formula 1.

The letter was sent on behalf of 11 residents of 50 Biscayne and Epic. (Ultra was sold out in 2018 with a record-breaking attendance of 165,000, and attracted over 30 million online stream viewers).

Ultra is in the middle of renegotiating their lease, with Miami commissioners asking for their rent to be doubled to $2 million. Formula One doesn’t yet have a deal.

The cost of hosting the race annually is around $55m, according to Forbes. F1 and Stephen Ross are said to be covering the majority of the cost.

Setup time would take around three months, with cleanup taking 2-3 weeks.

At a recent neighborhood meeting attended by Mayor Francis Suarez and F1 representatives, residents were told that the city would not be liable for hosting fees and that setup work would be done at night, according to Melanie in Miami.

The economic impact of F1 in Melbourne, Australia is $42.7 million, and $65 million in Montreal. A report commissioned by F1 claims that it could generate $700m annually for Miami.

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Sorry if the music and other events held on Biscayne are bothering you.. maybe you shouldn’t live downtown?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Seriously if they wanted to live in a luxury condo in a quiet place, they should have bought in Sunny Isles or even South Brickell.

Miami Hurricane
2 years ago

Irony: The law firm representing them is in the heart of Coral Gables

Anonymous
2 years ago

Ok here are my 2 cents. I lived at 50 Biscayne for 5 years and loved it! I attended 2 Ultra music festivals and I will always have the great memories of meeting people from all over the world. As the years passed I got older and felt that the craziness of downtown was not for me anymore. So guess what? I MOVED! And that is exactly what every person complaining about these events should do. Let this generation have their fun and the Downtown lifestyle that we enjoyed when it was our day in the sun. Miami is a big beautiful city with areas for everyone’s taste. Right now I love living in Brickell but the day may come when I will need something slower, and no I will not bitch Brickell then, I will just get my toys and move!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Bravo

Anonymous
2 years ago

That’s far too sensible..

Jesus
2 years ago

Greater speech than the state of the city from the Mayor! haha

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thank you!

SRS
2 years ago

Well, downtown has evolved since you moved. We have opera houses, world class museums, top rated restaurants and millions of dollars in new office buildings and retail in development…not to mention Amazon flirting to move….so why risk it and only cater to residents that are 20 something???

Miami Hurricane
2 years ago

You are aware 50 Biscayne is hardly 10 years old?

User
2 years ago

The problem is not ultra itself genius. It’s the aftermath of it. The trashing and closing the park for months to come. Some public are having the audacity if calling a public venue and not a park. This is completed bullshit and will need to stop even if it means suing the city. We won’t stop until all this trash is moved out of our beloved downtown.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Then don’t live downtown. Live in brickell, south brickell, sunny isles… downtown has always had a 24 hour party scene (space, elleven, etc.) and ultra is hardly even a month in the year. Why ruin it for everyone else because you chose to live in an area that you KNEW had all these events. That’s like moving to New York and complaining that it’s too cold…. let’s sue the city cause all this snow impedes me from going anywhere. Seriously… my parents hated living in the middle of Miami so what did they do? They chose to move to homestead where it’s quiet and away from the traffic and crowds.

Gene
2 years ago

Worth no more than 2 cents

Gene
2 years ago

The folks who have come back to downtown to live over the past ten years have changed Miami into a new city.
Wherever people choose to live, they can expect a reasonable expectation of quiet and peaceful existence. Ultra and F1 setups, event and take down times are massive, loud and disruptive to everyone.
Miami needs to move these events away from its core to a new area that could use an economic lift within the chaos that these mega events force on downtown.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Ultra isn’t that bad, this is complete overdramatization you aren’t the only ones that have dealt with it. I lived directly across the street from the main stage. It isn’t a year long event. Soon the rest of the developments will be realized and a new downtown, and it will be far from quiet.

I wish Beckham had have been awarded the stadium next to Bayside so your litigation would be entirely more moot.

Gene
2 years ago

Are you a part time resident? Do you have a hearing deficiency? We’re talking about serious health implications from decibel levels that are dangerous. This isn’t a fairground for sideshow acts – it is a park for recreation and relaxation.

Miami Hurricane
2 years ago

Page 6 of your “complaint” cites LOUD CONSTRUCTION NOISE, in a city with dozens upon dozens of high rises in development.

User
2 years ago

It didn’t because it was the right thing to do. So the only moot point is your contradictory statement.

Miami Hurricane
2 years ago

These residents want to turn it into a private park. Last I checked, Museum park was always open and has even better fields.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Totally agree. This ex-Londoner has lived downtown Miami for 16 years and constantly pointing out to moaners that a city is SUPPOSED to be a bit frantic/noisy/dense/developed. Go live in the country if it’s not your taste. This is so obvious, one shouldn’t have to restate it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Ex-Londoner comment is from the Publisher of http://www.britishflorida.com

Gene
2 years ago

Real estate broker. Figures

Gene
2 years ago

They wouldn’t put Ultra in Hyde Park, would they? Maybe Wembley. Maybe.

Anonymous
2 years ago

From the Hyde park Wikipedia page:

the park became known for holding large-scale free rock musicconcerts, featuring groups such as Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones and Queen. Commercial concerts have continued into the 21st century, such as Live 8 in 2005.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
2 years ago

1) Bayfront is no Hyde Park.
2) Yes the would.

User
2 years ago

Take your bullshit comments somewhere else. A park should not be in shambles for6 months. Go take your bullying somewhere else.

Miami Hurricane
2 years ago

Shambles? Stop. You’re making things up in your mind.

A dump
2 years ago

Have you visited Bayfront Park lately? It is still trashed from Ultra and other events. Sometimes every blade of grass is killed. Then you have dirt. The residents are pissed.

Jesus
2 years ago

Miami, especially downtown has always been known to have fun and make noise like crazy! They should live in Coral Gables or Doral if they want peace and quiet.

User
2 years ago

Jesus you obviously have no understanding of respect to residents. There a lot of people living in downtown that don’t want to see people doing Cocaine in public and urinitaing in front of their buildings. They also need parks for their kids to play, not a trashe park for 6 months. Move to third world countries if the well being of people is not a priority for you.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Nobody forced those people to move downtown. These are high end residences that people CHOSE to buy or rent. Not a section 8 area where the people living there had no where else to go. Most residents living downtown moved there within the last decade, and Downtown has ALWAYS had a 24 hour party scene, for over 2 decades. Ultra is not year round. And if You have kids, move to KENDALL, where there are better schools and numerous family friendly parks. If you don’t want to be that far, move to the gables. There’s a neighborhood for everyone in Miami. I hate when people say “respect the residents”…. why did those residents choose to move to an area known for mega events, in the heart of the city? That’s why the internet exits, RESEARCH THE AREA BEFORE YOU MOVE! Don’t move somewhere and then expect things to change because of you.

Anonymous
2 years ago

you do know Ultra moved to Bayfront Park in 2012 right?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Wrong. It was held there from 2001 to 2005. From 2006 to 2011 it was held in Bicentennial Park. Either way, its been held in downtown since 2001. Tht’s about 2-3 condo cycles ago.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The people you see doing cocaine in public and urinating in front of the building are the residents of 50 Biscayne

Anonymouse
2 years ago

It’s more than obvious,the number of people benefiting from these events,versus few unhappy campers,not even mentioning dollars and global exposure.Advice,”Take a short Vacation”.

User
2 years ago

These few campers are the ones paying the hefty property taxes and they have a voice that has been heard clearly and will continue to do so. Park was still trashed until July. Do you understand the negative impact that this has on our life style and property values so some people can make millions out if our city at the expense of residents and local businesses?

Miami Hurricane
2 years ago

They alone don’t pay all the property taxes in the city of Miami. The people in these condos hardly make a dent in overall tax revenue for the city.

Polo
2 years ago

World class events are part of the mix in living in down town Miami. The Ultra Music Festival was in down town well before any of these towers went up. These residents moved in knowing this and now want to change it. WRONG!! If they don’t like it, move to west Kendall or to Wichita, Kansas!

User
2 years ago

No not all residents know about Ultra. Real,estate agents don’t advertise it. You find out months after you have moved into your new HOME to later find out the better reality of a trashed park for half a year.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
2 years ago

Then they should do their homework. #sorrynotsorry

Anonymous
2 years ago

Exactly. No ones fault that they didn’t choose to do their own research. There are plenty of resources available to find out about an area all on their own.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I wonder if the people who live in Times Square complain like residents on biscayne blvd.

Gene
2 years ago

It’s not a park.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I moved from The Latitude in Brickell to Times Square in September. I knew it was going to be loud but really it’s only occasionally loud. It’s always dirty. It’s great though. When I get tired of it, I’ll move to a quieter neighborhood.

Facts please
2 years ago

No one lives in Times Square. Who would want to? It is loud and covered in LED billboards.

Anonymous
2 years ago

11 residents!?!? forget about them. GO ULTRA!!! GO F1!!!
GO 11 residents and move somewhere else!!!

User
2 years ago

Soon you will know the true bnumber. Hint it’s not 11.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Soon you will find out not all downtown residents are opposed to Ultra.

Angry residents
2 years ago

There are 60,000 residents Downtown.

Anonymous
2 years ago

11 Fake Plaintiffs fronting for some sleezy lawyers looking to shake down F1 for money, same story tome and time again

Anonymous
2 years ago

Ultra should not be allowed to do sound checking at 9am on Saturday and sunday

Gene
2 years ago

But they do. And at many other times as well.
Back up noise from trucks, construction, businesses closing early because of the noise. Ultra is no longer a good fit for downtown.

User
2 years ago

No respect to noise ordinances whatsoever. Enough is enough.

Miami Hurricane
2 years ago

Back up noise from trucks and construction? You live downtown.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Wake up before 9am like the rest of the country….

Anonymous
2 years ago

Hell no! Your rich ass may have money but you don’t have the right to tell Miami they should move their events elsewhere. So I guess we shouldnt have the super bowl event there either in 2020 right?

User
2 years ago

That rich ass pays taxes not your careless ass that wants to have fun at the expense of frustrated residents(growing number of them).

Anonymous
2 years ago

Wanting to have fun doesn’t mean being careless. Again and again I repeat, if the residents are frustrated, they should’ve never rented in the middle of Downtown Miami. Research. Do homework. Find out about the area. Then decide if the area is right for you. Miami is big, there are plenty neighborhoods that cater to everyone’s needs. Ridiculous, seriously.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Reminds me of those who live on West Ave who are against apartments at 500 Alton Road.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I feel their frustration but Honestly, all of these events took place way before these building were erected. You have to do research before dropping 1 mill on a condo!

Anonymous
2 years ago

I guess they just saw a model of the building and bought it lol. I’m looking at houses and literally checking google map views from 5 years ago to see how the area is before I buy.

Gene
2 years ago

Cities change.

Miami Hurricane
2 years ago

If you guys are so concerned about park space, maybe sue the city to get Parcel B from the Miami Heat?

User
2 years ago

Yeah and it was Miami vice land too. So what? Downtown outgrew this trash called uktra. Time for it to move out of our downtown for good.

Anonymous
2 years ago

So what? There is a long term lease on the land for this event, that’s what!
It was signed before you moved in to your condo.
You have to read your Contract. Your HOA fee does not include Bayfront Park and Amphitheater.

Anonymous
2 years ago

actually contract is up. they need to renegotiate as they are out of contract.

Lease Over
2 years ago

Ultra has no renewal. Its lease is up. Ultra is spending a fortune on lobbyists to buy a renewal for 2019. As of June 26th there is no deal.

Anonymous
2 years ago

if you don’t want to live in a big city then move to Indiana

Anonymous
2 years ago

I understand and expected this as Downtown Miami filled up with residents and money to complain, but come on… Ultra is one weekend a year. You don’t see people complaining about Mardi Gras in New Orleans!

Anonymous
2 years ago

This is an amazing event for miami, this is something the city needs, F1 is one of the biggest sports in the world, having F1 in miami puts us on the global stage and showcases Miami front and center. This will bring 10s of millions of dollars to miami, and potentially draw more business and tourism to our city, it’s mostly during the early am and daytime , it’s not going to be disruptive in the evening, the positives greatly out weigh the negatives. This is an urban area if they can put up with it in Monaco we can certainly put up with it in miami. Would be far better to get rid of ultra than pass up the opportunity to have F1.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Normally I’d be against this sort of NIMBYism — but 3 months for set up and 2-3 weeks for cleanup is a really long time. Devil is in the details but what is that going to look like? Is Bayfront Park going to be inaccessible the whole time?

Basically, I don’t really care about perhaps 1,000 downtown residents being severely inconvenienced for a couple weekends a year; but if the whole city is going to lose a major park for 1/3 of a year, I’m not sure the cost/benefit calculus adds up.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Perhaps the city just needs to priorities and minimize all the events downtown.. keep the best one’s, and move the others to other sites.. like Tamiami, Tropical park, Doral, etc..

( . )( . )
2 years ago

What a bunch of whinners….

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
2 years ago

Those 11 people need to find a hobby.

Anonymous
2 years ago

My parents live at 50 Biscayne. You know what they do when Ultra comes around? They take a road trip for the weekend.

They knew what they were getting into when they moved there.

Screw those residents who are complaining.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Can’t have your cake and eat it too if you want peace and quiet move out of downtown Miami it’s just that simple…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Why is everyone complaining about a lose in use of a park when there’s another park just a 5 minute walk away?!?

Anonymous
2 years ago

*loss

Anonymous
2 years ago

what park? you mean museum park without trees?

Anonymous
2 years ago

I wonder how many will be in favor of F1 when it is announced the track will run through Bayfront Park…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Eventually Bayfront park will never be open to DT residents.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The park has been maintained by hosting these mega events. Do you not remember the wooden benches in the amphitheatre? The city wasn’t investing in the park. That’s why the park trust was created Funny how all the new residents come and think the park was funded adequately by the city. Bicentennial park laid basically abandoned for years…(decades even) until the city finally approved a new master plan… but only after downtown became a hotspot…which I feel mega events like ULTRA only helped to speed up that process.

Times's Up
2 years ago

Residents are fed up.

Polo
2 years ago

Then move!

User
2 years ago

Polo you can move too. More people with families are moving into downtown. They are not going anywhere.

Anonymous
2 years ago

User, you must be one Bitter SOB with a lot of time on your hands. That’s a lot of angry comments!
Again, How can you move in and then complain about the neighborhood?!?!
Is seems Coconut Grove or the Gables are a better fit for you.

Anonymous
2 years ago

For real. You’re the one who chose to live in a dense urban core.

Anonymous
2 years ago

wonder if ultra ends up on genting property??/

Anonymous
2 years ago

Here’s an idea, why don’t they just relocate the Ultra Music Festival to Virginia Key Beach?

SRS
2 years ago

Great idea!!!

Jesus
2 years ago

Bayfront Park is perfect and not to mention the fact that there is more business in downtown. If Virginia Key had Ultra, it would not bring the same economic impact to the area. Also, Virginia Key is a quiet place to live in. These people should live there instead! haha

Anonymous
2 years ago

You know Jesus, back in the day, Virginia Key Beach used to be “party central.” Black people used to setup huge speakers on the beach and DJ’s would jam into the night in the summer. It was the perfect party atmosphere. The people of Virginia Key have to learn to accept that they too are part of this party persona that’s been stamped on this city. It’s time to open up areas again that’s been laying dormant for far too long.

Polo
2 years ago

It will never happen. Key Biscayne residents will block it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah… It’s a wonderful idea, but I fear you’re right Polo.

Gene
2 years ago

Oh. And why is that?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Only one way in and one way out. Downtown Miami has metrorail, metromover, many roads, etc. It would be a logistical nightmare to host Ultra on a nature preserve on an island as opposed to an outdoor event venue like Bayfront Park.

Anonymous
2 years ago

We should get rid of Ultra. It does nothing for the city except cause crime, drug use, and trash. That’s why mot music festivals of this size are not held in the middle of an urban area.

Anonymous
2 years ago

How about we build a wall around Bayfront Park and make Ultra pay for it?

ILoveMiami
2 years ago

Lol

Anonymous
2 years ago

make mexico pay for it!!!hahahahaha

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami has reaped the benefits of the EDM festival boom. The south Florida city has hosted the Winter Music Conference for 28 years, of which Ultra Music Festival is one of the 500 events underway over the course of ten day days. In just one weekend Ultra, and its 165,000 attendees, generated $79 million in revenue for the Miami-Dade county economy. It also put $10 million in taxes into the coffers of state and local governments. https://smartasset.com/mortgage/the-economics-of-electronic-dance-music-festivals

Anonymous
2 years ago

Those 79 million must be sitting next to the “Penny Tax” revenue.

Miami Hurricane
2 years ago

Ultra is our Carnival. 30 million people tune in to watch the event; only 21 million people live in the entire state of Florida for perspective.