Ultra Could Move To South Beach, Commission Set To Discuss

Ultra Music Festival may be given the option to move to South Beach.

Miami Beach commissioner Ricky Arriola has placed a discussion item on the May 22 agenda that could see the city manager authorized to open negotiations.

Ultra is a less chaotic and more lucrative alternative to the Spring Break that the city has endured in recent years, Arriola told reMiamiBeach. Spring Break 2019 has been called “unorganized chaos” and the city has plans to crack down next year.

For next year’s Spring Break, the city is planning need to spend up to $4 million for around the clock forces that turn the area into a “police state” and close the beach.

Mayor Dan Gelber was not enthusiastic, saying “I’m not at all convinced this is the direction we want to go,” according to the Herald.

Other possible locations for Ultra, the Herald wrote:

  • Fort Lauderdale – the mayor spoke with Ultra representatives last week, and will place a discussion item on the agenda for the next commission meeting.
  • Homestead-Miami Speedway – talks are underway to hold the festival there

 

The event would take place at Lummus Park next to Ocean Drive:

(photo: phillip pessar)

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Let it be SoBe instead of FLL or Homestead!!

Afi K. James
2 years ago

not gonna happen.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I’m just here for the comments.

Anonymous
2 years ago

**Insert picture of Michael Jackson eating popcorn**

Anonymous
2 years ago

Just bring Ultra back to Bayfront.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Marlins Stadium

Anonymous
2 years ago

Melreese Golf Course/Park.

POLO
2 years ago

South Beach probably will be the next best thing next to Bayfront Park. There are thousands of hotel rooms within walking distance and probably will get rid of Spring Brake which is a disgrace!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Quite the contrary. Ultra in SoBe may actually attract more spring breakers.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Of course it would. Estimates to the number of spring breakers any given weekend on South Beach is 5-10 thousand max. This would bring 5-10x as many.

Anonymous
2 years ago

But the hotel prices increase which forces Spring Breakers elsewhere as long a AirBnB is kept under control.

Anonymous
2 years ago

If they think Spring Break is bad, just wait until Ultra starts. 2-3 times the number of people fully loaded with alcohol; unbelievable traffic, resistance from million dollar residents just as close as downtown (Star Island, Fisher Island and all the others). Same thing in FLL. The two best locations are Homestead or Melreese, since people living in the area are already used to noise from giant airplanes right over their heads.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Whoever you are, all I can say is, you’re a realist.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I disagree. Ultra is a bunch of white kids. They do get high and drunk, but not violent. And the Ultra kids spend money. For some reason, Spring Break Miami Beach has turned urban. And with that we have had breakouts of violent fights, cruising, etc.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Spring Break is a disgrace too.

Anonymous
2 years ago

“Spring brake is a disgrace?”

Isn’t that the same thing you have people saying about ULTRA? Isn’t that the same thing you have people saying about Urban Beach Week? Isn’t that the same thing you have people saying about Rolling Loud?

Funny the way the visitor’s bureau tout’s the place as being the “party town and fun in the sun” place to come to until we see people like POLO with their labels and ideas of what is an acceptable event to have somewhere.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yes, “Spring Brake is a disgrace”. Just go there during “Spring Brake”, is total mayhem. The Ultra crowd are rich, good looking, young people, that are a better fit for the image Miami Beach wants to project around the world.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Are you delirious? People in those downtown condos who complained and wanted the city to kick ULTRA out of Bayfront Park viewed young ULTRA patrons as loud and unruly druggies who listen to loud despicable music.

There will be no difference to the residents of South Miami Beach between the Spring Break crowd and the ULTRA Music Event crowd.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Exactly!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Not true on any level.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami is striving for a more mature reputation such as attracting big business etc. They’re trying to shed the p arty town image.

Anonymous
2 years ago

So how is that “attracting big business” thing going for Miami?

Whatever is working for you at the moment, you keep it going and expand on it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

SoBe please!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Okay so the main issue with Virginia key was that it “effected” the fish. So how is moving it to the beach going to be any different?
Downtown was/is the best location and people just need to get over it for one weekend a year.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Not according to the lords of the 7 Downtown condo towers and the mad king Carollo.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Well we all saw what happened to the mad King.

Sgt. Sapingo
2 years ago

*affected the fish. Also the logistical nightmare of the causeway and shuttles was just that… a nightmare.

SoBe is the right place.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah, because fish live such a carefree and stressful life in ponds, lakes, rivers, or the oceans… they have nothing to worry about.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I meant “stress less.”

Anonymous
2 years ago

+ 1 Vote for South Beach

Anonymous
2 years ago

Bayfront!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Maybe they should combine Ultra and Rolling Loud and hold it Memorial weekend. It couldn’t get any crazier than that, amirite?

Anonymous
2 years ago

if talks are underway there is no doubt is Homestead

Anonymous
2 years ago

Let the event take place in Melreese Golf Course/Park for time being. Heck, part of my tax dollars go towards paying for the place for the few people that pay to go in there and swing at a golf ball while fantasizing about being Tiger Woods anyway.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yes. Melreese keeps it in Miami, not too far from downtown. Noise would not be a problem, and the area will be much improved anyway, based on what is already planned. There is also a Metrorail line to the airport and connection to Virgin all the way to and from Palm Beach.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Plus, the city gets paid handsomely for it being there.

Anonymous
2 years ago

This will be a great environmental diaster

Anonymous
2 years ago

You don;t have to pick up your litter in Miami. It’s one of the huge pluses for the kind of tourists we cater to.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Explain.

NYC N DA HOUSE
2 years ago

How bout this guys; why don’t Miami Beach officials and downtown Miami officials make a compromise and alternate hosting Ultra. Lets say 2020 South Beach, 2021 Bayfront, etc etc…

Anonymous
2 years ago

I like that idea. Maybe once we vote out Carollo from office we can work on getting that instituted.

Anonymous
2 years ago

RIP South Beach

Anonymous
2 years ago

haha RIP to anyone that wants to live on beach during this time. That park will be closed for months and giant walls (oh no walls, Nancy says those are bad) will be created.

Anonymous
2 years ago

It’s a weekend. Jeeez

John Patagonia
2 years ago

Anywhere but homestead…I can’t think of a worse place to hold it then somewhere thats 25 miles outside of the core of downtown. Who would even want to buy tickets to it?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Mostly locals.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Some of the ultra fest in other cities around the world are far from their urban cores.

Anonymous
2 years ago

And they aren’t as great as the one in Miami. If it’s in Homestead, why would a tourist spend all that money to come here? They might as well go to an Ultra that is closer to where they live.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Stupid for the City of Miami to have let this go when they are going to have to deal with all the overflow and traffic Ultra generates anyways. Tx Carollo

Anonymous
2 years ago

It’s unbelievable that Miami is not only losing Beckham s football team to Ft Lauderdale but now Ultra as well.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami is losing Beckham’s football team to Ft lauderdale?

Sources?

Anonymous
2 years ago

It’s sad we couldn’t gift Beckham that huge piece of public land owned by the taxpayers. Not the Miami way to fail at gifting public property to developers.

Anonymous
2 years ago

A smaller UMF could work on South Beach.

Anonymous
2 years ago

NNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

“For next year’s Spring Break … turn the area into a police state and close the beach.”

Sounds like a barrel of fun.

Anonymous
2 years ago

YES???

Anonymous
2 years ago

Of all the stupid ideas my fellow South Floridians have generated in recent memory… this must certainly be among the stupidist.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I doubt Miami Beach will bring it back.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Ultra started in Bayfront Park. Then people started to take notice of downtown Miami. Before that it was a a collection homeless people pissing in the streets. Now you have new buildings and places to go not just in the day time for work, but in the evening for a drink/dinner. Bring it back to Bayfront before some other city offers them a place and they take what got downtown Miami shinning!

Anonymous
2 years ago

It’s actually still a collection of homeless people pissing in the streets. Though now, suckers bought horrible investments amongst them.

Realtalk Reilly
2 years ago

No, Ultra did not start in Bayfront Park. I’m surprised it wasn’t mentioned in either this article or the one on re:MiamiBeach (or if it was, I missed it), but Ultra was held on Miami Beach for the first two years of its existence, 1999 and 2000, before moving to Bayfront Park in 2001.

With that said the festival is way bigger than it was when it first started out, so they would have to reduce the scale of it in order for the Beach to accommodate it again. However if it fit onto Virginia Key I suppose they could make it work on South Beach.

Holding it at Homestead Speedway is not a good idea. There aren’t enough hotel rooms down there; people would have to stay in other parts of the city and drive to it. The location is too remote and when you’re there you don’t really have the feel of being in Miami, like you do when you’re at Bayfront Park or on South Beach.

Kevin 305
2 years ago

a lot of money to make for South Beach do it on the sand where we got the cleaning machines already. No cars on ocean Dr .police filtering the beach access .easy home run for sobe ..if they want it ..

Anonymous
2 years ago

It makes sense at Miami Beach the most.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Lummus Park is larger than Bayfront Park and there are less residences around it

Anonymous
2 years ago

Not true.