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Ultra Is Moving To Virginia Key In 2019 After Commissioners Approve Deal

Ultra Is Moving To Virginia Key In 2019 After Commissioners Approve Deal

Ultra has found a new home on Virginia Key after a handful of downtown Miami residents forced it out of Bayfront Park.

The music festival will be held in its new location March 29-31, 2019, and might remain there in future years as well. Miami commissioners approved the deal in a 4-1 vote, according to the Herald.

Events will take place in two locations, including the park in front of Marine Stadium and inside Historic Virginia Key Beach Park.

Ultra will pay $2 million for the coming year, and the deal can be revoked any time after the first year. The city will also work with Key Biscayne, where many residents oppose the festival over traffic and environmental concerns.

 

 

 

(photo: michael stepehen mcfarland, 2011)

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Anonymous
Anonymous

“The city will also work with Key Biscayne, where many residents oppose the festival over traffic and environmental concerns.”

That’s the problem with MiamiDade, too many people think that just because they live in a certain area, they shouldn’t be bothered by traffic anytime and everything should always be pristine in a county that thrives on tourism.

Anonymous
Anonymous

But it does work better in downtown because they’re more road options and direct train connections.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Please stop you make too much sense.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Ohhh, how horrible, we have to put up with bad traffic for three days… life is so unfair.

Anonymous
Anonymous

It is because it makes the festival experience worse.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Speculation.. just pure unconfirmed speculation.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Literally people will be in worse traffic and heat causalities will take longer to transport and the only thing around is the festival itself. Bayfront park has other venues next to it. Use critical thinking instead of repeating the word speculation.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Okay, I’ll use the word “Guessing.” You talk like just because YOU were born on this earth, no one has or had the foresight to contemplate what can happen in an area that’s very humid and be prepared for it.

Glad you’re around to do the thinking for us feeble minded idiots.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The city will flip Key Biscayne the bird. They aren’t city of Miami residents.

Anonymous
Anonymous

But they are residents of MiamiDade who don’t think twice about traffic concerns anywhere else when they’re driving their cars.

Anonymous
Anonymous

For real, I’m a broward resident.. I want it in Bayfront..why don’t they ask my opinion lmao (I get the traffic thing which is why I argue for bayfront) downtown residents that complained are like people that move to the beach and complain that there’re too many people using the public beach so they’d start restricting access.

Move to DTWN WPB If u hate people so much.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Belongs at Bayfront.

suomynona
suomynona

I think it’s a great use of Miami Marine Stadium and for one week/weekend a year, people can suck it up and deal with the traffic.

I’m onboard with environmental concerns, however. But to me, that means there should be guidelines in place and financial repercussions if Ultra doesn’t hold up its end on environmental protections (trash, destruction of trees/mangrove and shoreline, etc). Although, Miami cut down mangrove at Virginia Key years ago for a boat show and still hasn’t replaced them, last I heard. So our local leaders might night give a shit because they all suck. I try not to vote for a-holes, but that’s your only choice in this town.

Anonymous
Anonymous

They are NOT using the marine stadium. They are using the park outside of it and the beach itself.

Bayfront Park is best, and actually they should have limited museum park to one museum (or none) and left it for such events (an Central Park for Miami) but Perez and Frost get what they want($)

Anonymous
Anonymous

Nope – VK is a great location. The first year will have some snags, but the following years will be smoother. Great city background for the video sales, minimal disruption to residents and continued revenue to Miami.

Anonymous
Anonymous

A mass crowd event requires mass transit…no metro to VK…bad idea.

Anonymous
Anonymous

…and why compared to Virginia Key? I assume you weren’t alive during all the crazy music festivals in the 1960s and 70s at the Miami Marine Stadium.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Big mistake to lose this event.. free advertising and publicity for Miami.

Geared toward younger generation with discretionary income.

Anonymous
Anonymous

No direct rail connections and only one highway going in and out. Unless they’re going to bring in hundreds of water taxis then this will be a complete mess. I went to a beerfest there and it was a mess getting in and out so imagine a event four times the size.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Water taxis are real slow so even if you have hundreds of them it will be a mess.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Plus people will pull up their boats and basically get a free concert.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Bayside is next to the water as well. What’s the difference?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Plus they’re all drugged up, they may fall off the boats.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I don’t think the speed matters much here, the fact that Miami doesn’t already have a ferry infrastructure in place when half the city lives on islands is mind-boggling to me. Not everything needs to be train, and certainly not everything needs to have a highway.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I agree we need water infustraction transit but that’s not the city’s concern.. there’s are only 5 (6 if you include Grove Isle in the Grove) islands that are part of the “city of Miami” and only 2 with residents (Brickell key and one of the hen venetian islands 3 with GI). In total, ily a small fraction of the the city’s population. Virginia, Watson, and Dodge have attractions, true, but not residents.

Tunnels are helpful for those locations, as dodge has. I’d argue “ferry/water shuttles” for longer distance areas. Miami-Keys, Keys-Naples (which exist), Key Biscayne-Grove/Gables, and a costal link from homestead up the eastern coast up to wpb or something.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The congestion will be epic – it’s either water taxi or sit in traffic for 2 hours and fight for parking.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Oh yeah theres not enough parking spaces and the uber/lyft station will also be a mess.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I purchased my condo in downtown within the urban core, so that I could walk to these types of events. Now, due to poor leadership and bad decision making by our city leaders, I and thousands of others, who for 18 years were able to walk back and forth to the festival without driving, will now have to take cars/shuttles with the thousands of other festival goers who always drove. And now you only have one way in and one way out on the Rickenbacker? Mess!

Ultra and any other event(s) like it, should be at Bayfront Park, this never should have never been up for debate. Shame on our city leaders!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Ha ha.. poor babies. You whiny little spoiled brats need to grow a pair. Back in the day, black people in the city of Miami where FORCED to use Virginia Key Beach because white people said we don’t want them here around us on this or that beach and you know what, they put up with the inconvenient traffic and the bridge constantly going up and down on the Rickenbacker Causeway. And they dealt with it for years and years and years.. and no one complained!

This town has to deal with hurricanes, and humidity so bad it will make a person stay indoors. Jezzz the wimpiness of some people here is nauseating.

Anonymous
Anonymous

But tell us how you really feel..

Anonymous
Anonymous

Did I stutter or are you just that slow at comprehending?

Anonymous
Anonymous

GO to town council meetings and voice you’re opinion. Call their offices, make ur voice heard.. only ppl that do are the old retired folks that complain about everything. Also complain to the media…they have a bigger pull than they should.

Anonymous
Anonymous

If Key Biscayne revolted when the boat show changed to the Marine Stadium imagine the outcry over this. I am buying popcorn to watch the drama unfold.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Next headline: “Ultra forced out of Virginia Key by Key Biscayne residents moving from Miami to Orlando in 2020”.
I’m betting money on this.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I have a feeling it will move back to Bayfront either next year or in 2021. It brings the city too much money to pass up.

marc
marc

I hope so. This move to Key Biscayne is asinine.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Nah, Key Biscayne is the perfect place.

Polo
Polo

How can a “handful of downtown Miami residents” forced the Ultra out of Bayfront Park?

Anonymous
Anonymous

It wasn’t just the downtown residents, they also wanted to increase rent for Bayfront by one million dollars.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Exactly!!!

Polo
Polo

Great location for a great event that brings tons of money and publicity for the city. Key Biscayne residents put up with the Miami Open for two weeks every year and they were not complaining, except for that old goose Crandon guy that made the tournament move to the Hard Rock. If done right, it will be a win, win for everybody.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Attendance size is different

Anonymous
Anonymous

And Virginia Key is much, much bigger then Bayfront and Museum Park combined.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Bayfront park has a metromover station in front of it and a metrorail station 6 blocks away. The 836 and I95 are also nearby. Virginia Key only has one way in and out.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Sheesshh.. everything in Miami has to be criticized – Melreese, Jungle Island, Key Biscayne, building affordable housing, extending Metrorail/Metro mover, smart transit plan, Melo, etc, etc, etc……

It’s amazing that anything gets accomplished in this city.

Anonymous
Anonymous

No worries.. there will always be critics.. especially on a blog.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I know man.. but we see people who come on this site and whine about any and every thing and that can make it feel that this city is still stuck in the 1950’s.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Concerned about the environment? Oh please! I stopped going to Virginia Key beach (dog allowed beach) because it was so filthy that I was just disgusted to lay around so much trash. If they care about Virginia Key how about keeping the beach relatively clean?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Completely agree. The trash from the crowd during the weekends is horrific.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Skip tickets and pull up your boat to the event now.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hey Genius, Bayside is also next to the water!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Virginia Key is still in Miami.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I’m wondering about a couple things.

1. I read somewhere that there was already a EDM type music fest (supposedly much smaller) to be there at the same time and they had a signed contract (with the park, not the stadium). What happened to this? Did Ultra buy them out or something?

2. I read somewhere that Ultra said only those with VIP passes are allowed to drive up and park there. The rest will have to take a shuttle but it didn’t say where the parking was supposed to be. I’m assuming somewhere downtown? Also, it didn’t mention any other form of transportation like water taxis or uber/lyft/taxis.

Anonymous
Anonymous

1) Rapture, the festival you mention, never signed a contract. Just a letter of intent to use the space. So that is null and void.

2) Ultra stated that only VIP tickets will have access to parking at the venue. They did not mention anything about not allowing people to cross the island in their own cars but since there is limited parking else where, they will be providing transportation from somewhere on the mainland (TBA). Water Taxis have not been discussed. They stated that they will establish a pick up and drop off for Uber at the venue.

Anonymous
Anonymous

There should be MANDATORY coach bus shuttles for non VIP or people that will walk. Everyone else should have to use the shuttle and when they get off the bus, they will be given a ticket(s) for the events.

Bad idea
Bad idea

Bad idea. As usual, city officials show hate for nature.

Anonymous
Anonymous

My solution to this ill conceived move to Virginia key is to use Vizcaya station as staging area for Disney style trolleys coming and going from the festival. That way you maximize transit use and reduce traffic to and from the festival. Better than every party goer taking their car to the festival then having to find parking.

http://www.orlandoparksnews.com/2010/11/another-update-on-hollywood-studios.html

Anonymous
Anonymous

My solution to this: Young people can walk across the bridge to get to the events. 30 minutes walk from Brickell Ave entrance.

marc
marc

I’m sure there will be people walking regardless.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The trolleys will be stuck in traffic with thousands of ubers.

Anonymous
Anonymous

This Ultra Festival in Key Biscayne is going to be a BLAST!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

If no $ for refurbishment of the Marine Stadium was included, I consider this a fail.

As for transport, forget motor coaches, they take too long to discharge. If they make a deal with MDT to use regular transit busses, they can move people to/from Viscaya station pretty quickly.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Genius!

Anonymous
Anonymous

New location is even better in my opinion.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Maybe for a small festival. But for an animal like Ultra you need a lot of transit connections.

Anonymous
Anonymous

No you don’t. We just need some to stop thinking like the world is theirs.