Ultra Music Festival Forced Out Of Virginia Key, May Move To Homestead

Ultra Music Festival is leaving the city of Miami for another location, likely in Miami-Dade.

Mayor Francis Suarez blamed Commissioner Joe Carollo for the festival moving, according to the Miami New Times. Carollo was responsible for drafting a new agreement that would have kept Ultra at Bayfront Park last year, but he is said to have killed the deal.

The 2019 edition of Ultra was instead held on Virginia Key, but attendees and residents complained about the location and the logistical problems it caused.

In addition to an economic impact that includes thousands of jobs, the city will lose $2 million in rent.

Ultra is in talks to move to the Homestead-Miami Speedway, the Herald reported.

 

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Anonymous

Make yourselves heard:

Willy Gort
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Ken Russell
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Joe Carollo
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Manolo Reyes
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Keon Hardemon
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Anon

This should be the most upvoted comment on the site. you should comment this on every post.

Anonymous

Good for Ultra. The city of Miami has become an enemy of live events. We’ve lost the Miami Open, F1, and now Ultra. Our skyline may be getting nicer but the life is being sucked out of the city

Anonymous

Sad. All of these events being so much money to the local businesses.

Lyin Ted

LOCO Joe strikes again! How is this guy still in city government and not in jail somewhere?

Anonymous

LOL, the only local businesses that benefited from Ultra are 7-Eleven and CVS for beer and stoner munchies.

Anonymous

And hotels, and restaurants, and stores. Ultra attendees include many young kids with money from around the world, including a large contingent from Asia.

Anonymous

Exactly, not mention small business, vendors, uber, taxis, mobile rentals, and bunch of other expenses. Most foreigners come here to shop for clothes and tech since its super expensive in their countries. So they come to spend their vaca money, we all benefit.

Anonymous

You are right! We are losing major events and it sucks for everyone. Ultra is a national and international event. Where are people supposed to stay? Homestead does not have enough hotels, or air b and bs to accommodate such crowd and staying in Miami and traveling to Homestead is a trek many people will not make. These old jerks in control of Miami wanted to kill Ultra and it looks like they are getting their wish.

Anonymous

Simple! Because Cubans continue to vote him in.

Anonymous

i am not voting for anyone older than 50

Anonymous

If you think about it, it might be a good thing in terms of development since these events are moving deeper into Miami-Dade. Hopefully some revitalization will occur not just on the coast but where the actual Miamenses live

Anonymous

Another mistake by Joe per USUAL. That idiot needs ot be voted out asap, he still thinks its 1978.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Crazy Joe needs to be put behind bars. Guy is a nutjob.

Anonymous

I live in downtown. Go to the park on any given Saturday or Sunday and it is empty besides a few people spilling over from Bayside and the occasional homeless. Museum Park is the same. Downtown residents barely use the park and it’s only a loud minority that wanted it gone.

Anonymous

Thanks for mentioning that. You have people coming on this site and advocating for parks any and everywhere.. even across the street from these parks that you’re referring to.

SMDM

Yeah, Downtown is an actual ghost town on the weekends and past 8pm during the weeks. Like I said earlier… retirees and tired, overworked millennials.

Anonymous

I live here as well…..the reason is that the parks are full of homeless and are not safe! The whole downtown area is ran by homeless

SMDM

I walk around a lot and the homeless don’t really bother me. They’re not taking refuge on Bayfront. They’re mostly congregated under 95 and along S 1st St aka Mana territory. I’ve never been attacked by a homeless person either, maybe you’ve had a different experience though.

Anonymous

There was something special and unique about Ultra being in the urban core. Now it’s just going to become another festival. Tourists will stop coming and this will mostly be attended by locals.

Anonymous

I couldn’t agree more! Its called the secret sauce, its a blend of variables,one being what you intelligently pointed out, these people want to see Miami and party with the city as a backdrop and have access to everything else Miami has to offer. Homestead will not yield Ultra the same results. The recipe has been tampered with.

Anonymous

Maybe Melreese golf course. At lease it will be easier to get to.

Anonymous

Losing ULTRA to Homestead would be a huge loss for Miami Music week, and will have thousands on drugs driving all around dade county when they could have walked to a hotel or airbnb downtown from the festival. This city is run by the brainless who only care about keeping developers and other special interest happy!

SMDM

Hoping they lose it to anywhere in Broward County. The ultimate f you!

Anonymous

While loco Joe deserves most of the blame it was Ken Russell who did not stand up to him and voted against keeping Ultra at Bayfront. His vote caused the other 3 commissioners to vote no which they would have voted yes if Russell did. Please my fellow district 2 residents let’s vote Russell out of office this Fall.

Anonymous

Seems to me these other three commissioners need to be voted out of office because from what you’re saying, they did don’t have a mind of their own.

Anonymous

Ultra needed four votes to get renewed at Bayfront. With 2 no votes their votes wouldn’t have mattered and risked getting payback from Carollo or Russell at a later date on another vote.

Anonymous

What you’re saying doesn’t make sense.

Anon

he’s right. Commissioners never rock the vote if their vote won’t matter. if there’s the votes where there to stop it, others jump on board to garner favors with the vocal commissioners for appearing on their side. even if it’s not right, it’s a standard political tactic.

Anonymous

Waitaminute… I thought that most of the time, three versus one is always the better odds.

But hey, what do I know….

Anonymous

According to city law, it was necessary for four out of five commissioners to approve the Ultra lease. 2 no votes was the minimum to kill it. Just like the final Beckham deal.

Anonymous

Aren’t these the same commissioners who cost the city -us- 20 million bucks, because they ignored the advice of their own city lawyers regarding Watson Island? They should be personally liable or go to jail.

marc

Moving to Homestead? Lame, lame, lame, lame, lame. Let’s make Miami lame again.

Anonymous

Homestead?!!.. still too close…..

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

You must be fun at parties…

Anonymous

the “lights out,nobody home” contingent strike again..

Sgt. Sapingo

Where are all of the rave kids going to stay now? I can’t imagine Homestead has enough hotel rooms for them, especially decent ones. We see how well the shuttle idea worked out this year, I certainly would not want to sit on a bus for an hour there and an hour back.

ULTRA in Downtown was the best option and Crooked Joe ruined it.

Anonymous

I attended 4 Ultras while living at 50 Biscayne and loved every single one of them! Got lucky enough to take a Norwegian girl home at one of them. Best weekend of my life!

Anonymous

You took a Norwegian girl home.. now that’s one for the memory banks!

George Burns

It’s exactly why us under 40 and alive need to get active and start attending the city commission meetings like Yesterday. We need to drown out the old fogies and the “Reverend” who gets a tax write off for an expensive condo. See, as soon as I find out when Music Week is, I put in my vacation request from Thursday to the Tuesday after (40’s means a longer recovery). A group of friends – also professionals who I went to Suntan U with and partied in the good old days (Baja Beach Club, etc) come down, we rent hotels and dine out and party that whole weekend. Reliving my 20’s? Maybe Midlife crisis? Perhaps! But with more money. 40s and bougie does not mean dead!

George Burns

Renting hotels == Mahoney /Pearson or Hecht Stanford dorms, circa early 90’s all over again #allabouttheU

Anonymous

This is such a miscue by city leadership. This will lead to a substantial loss in overall tax revenues and discourage future events from coming here. Absolute wrong move for the city’s growth. Needs to be back in Bayfront.

Anonymous

I wish wynwood had enough land to hold the event… I feel that would be the idea area!

Anonymous

Is the Marlins Ballpark not an option? That building needs to start making us money.

LOL

Marlins Ballpark isn’t large enough. It needs to be an open venue because there are 5 stages and each stage is so loud that having it in an enclosed space (I know the Ballpark has a retractable roof but it’s not enough) will be be bad for sound engineering. You’ll have competing sounds from the different stages drowning each other out.

Anonymous

Miami Suburban Politicians can’t deal with three days of happiness

Anonymous

All these complaints are pointless… every election I make it my duty to vote these idiots out but I’m clearly the minority… until they are gone the life of this city will decay

SMDM

Not in the minority. The problem is voter turnout and voter registration. Since most downtown residents rent, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were registered to vote in other cities or states.

Anonymous

Gene where u at? Thanks for hurting local downtown businesses.

Anonymous

I’m currently working on getting the Miami Heat kicked out.

– Gene

Anonymous

How did you guess? I’m impressed.

Anonymous

I’m right here – um, Anonymous. Ultra ruined it themselves. No attempt on their part despite many requests to tone down the noise, the intrusive lights at all hours, and the takedown of the park for 6 weeks. Hey, there is a place for Ultra – just not in the middle of a residential neighborhood.

Anonymous

Ultra ran from noon to midnight Fri and Sat and 11pm Sun. That’s a total of 35 hours of noise in return for hundreds of millions in direct spending and global publicity. Single worst most image and economic damaging decision ever made by city.

Anon

downtown in not a residential neighborhood, nor was virginia key. just because people live there, doesn’t make it a residential neighborhood. NBA teams don’t play in residential neighborhoods either. should the heat go?

Gene

Say what? Any place where people (humans) live in mass is a residential neighborhood. I don’t understand your response.

Anonymous

residential area circa 2006….and the condo vulture period after the bust..

Anonymous

Correct me if I’m wrong but there is 50 Biscayne and Vizcayne that are directly infront of the park, that are directly affected by road closures and traffic. There is also the X Miami rentals a bit further down the road. 2 condos and an apartment tower doesn’t quite constitute a residential area where people live in Mass. Also why would you choose one of those 3 buildings if you don’t like the activity that goes on in the neighborhood?

Anonymous

Hate to inform you but Ultra was there first. All these people downtown whining and complaining knew that Ultra was there each year when they bought or rented their place.

Anonymous

I thought moving Ultra to Homestead Speedway was just a joke…

Anonymous

Why can’t this be held in downtown. It’s not as if Ultra was the only event to have an impact on the usability of Bayfront Park. They got rid of Ultra, which is by far the most economically valuable event the park could host, (the park hosts events in order to gain revenue. Taxpayers don’t fund the maintenance of this park. Ultra would have given a $2 million dollar fee each year towards the bayfront manangemt trust which maintains the park.) Bayfront park still hosts events all year round the take up space in the park, close off the park, and make it non accessible. But they got rid of Ultra and not any of those. I say make space for Ultra by getting rid of other events that don’t have the economic impact that Ultra has

Anonymous

Let them hold the festival in Melreese Park for the time being. Melreese Park has a Metrorail stop near it and it’s not that far from the airport.

Anonymous

Actually that’s not a horrible idea. Downtown is better but at least that’s within mass transit and Uber distance of civilization. Holding it in Homestead might as well be holding it in some cornfield in Nebraska.

Jane

I think a closer parallel would be like an NYC festival moving to a little place in Bethel, NY.

Anonymous

Oh, so like Woodstock.

Anonymous

Might as well hold it at the stadium site like Rolling Loud tour did. Miami supposedly the party city is shutting down party activities. This has to be a joke! You allow the residence in condos force you to shut down an event that started in Miami! Brought in millions in 3 days to businesses as well as the city, all to accommodate some millionaires that knew this before buying! Miami has some of the dumbest so call leaders of any city in the U.S!

SMDM

To be fair, the folks in the condos along Biscayne Blvd aren’t millionaires. Just a quick property appraiser search shows most units in 50 Biscayne worth $150,000 to $300,000. They’re just old and bitter and retired in the wrong spot.They made the most noise because they ARE retired and have the time to make noise and get involved. Working millennials are too busy to go to commission meetings during working hours and too tired to attend association meetings after work.

Anonymous

^This guy speaks the truth.

Anonymous

From the way you wrote this post, I’d say you’re a real genius. Too much time spent at Ultra?

Anonymous

Marlins Park, Inter Miami’s facilities in a few years, Fort Lauderdale Beach – all better choices than Homestead

Anonymous

Heck, for the time being, hold it in Melreese Park, that place is usually desolate anyway.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I’m thinking Hard Rock stadium will be a good fit. Are the parking areas surrounding it big enough to hold the different stages?

Anonymous

One hour bus ride?? No Thank You!!

Polo

These idiots in office have no vision! Cities around the world will kill to have the Ultra Music Festival, the Miami Open, and Formula 1 raising. Now they are all gone, due to lack of vision, and determination to make it work. The positives that all these event bring, far at weight the negatives. If the Ultra is moving to Homestead, I don’t think is going to work. They probably end up moving to Orlando, or Las Vegas.

gene

Where is the proof of what you say? Austin did not want F1. Chicago the same. And many of the other international cities that “host” Ultra provide space and facilities far away from residential neighborhoods. Google it Polo.

Anonymous

new orleans jazz fest …chump

Anonymous

Everything LOCO JOE touches ends up a disaster

Anonymous

Hopefully the county has shuttle buses from Downtown/Brickell and the Beach to Homestead for festival goers.

Anonymous

That’s all they had to do for Virginia Key Beach.

Anonymous

At this point, Ultra should just move to Fort Lauderdale all together. A big population of young professionals and a young demographic that otherwise fits the urban beach theme the commissioners cant seem to grasp on.

Anonymous

FLL doesn’t want them either.

Anonymous

LOL, Homestead. Better expand the Metrorail there and not Miami Beach or Doral! /sarcasm

Anonymous

Eventually you won’t be able to do anything downtown. No fireworks to loud! No music or small concerts at Bayside to loud! No more heat games we need to move the stadium we can hear fans cheering to loud an being to loud when they come out. We are going to make sure Skyrise Miami doesn’t get built to much noise matter fact shut down the whole road to much traffic noise!

Anonymous

Psycho Joe Toyota Carolla should be in prison at the very least.

Anonymous

…..Homestead!…”let me hear you make some noise!”…

Anonymous

¡Órale!

Sgt. Sapingo

OMG LOL

Anonymous

…crickets…..

Anonymous

*crickets* *crickets* *occasional nuclear plant radiation alarm* *crickets*

Jane

I’ve had the thought for a while that the Homestead Motor Speedway could be a much better alternative at this stage. They could create something amazing there and have a lot of the festival goers staying on sight like many other great music festivals. It is also right by the bay and the weather during the time of year of Ultra is very accommodating for any campers that may choose to stay on the grounds. They can have food trucks, they can allow campers, so many perks to having such a wide open space and a venue that already caters to just what an event like this needs. I think it’s a fabulous spot for the evolution of Ultra, and given how the urban core of Miami itself has evolved, in lieu of losing Ultra completely to another city or county, I’m glad they found another very suitable location right here in Miami-Dade.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

ITS.TOO.FAR.

SMDM

While it can accommodate campers, the average Ultra goer has deep pockets and a high standard of living/leisure. 30% of attendees are international (most between Europe and Asia), 54% from the US, 8% from Florida outside Miami-Dade County, and 8% county. 92% are traveling to get here and they’re occupying the expensive hotels like InterCon, SLS, Mandarin Oriental, etc. Maybe they’ll be up for a camper, but I find it hard to see that being an easy adjustment. Imagine dropping a few grand just to fly here for the concert and spending over a grand on VIP tickets… you gonna stop big spending and stay in an RV or tent?

Jane

Just a question-can you tell me where these statistics come from? I can believe that a small percentage may require a more luxury experience, but I find it hard to believe that a vast majority of attendees do.

Anonymous

SMDM is this from GMCVB? Or do you work for Ultra?

SMDM

Jane and anon- saw attendance breakdown in DDA report on tourism

RX727SFL

what a mistake, miami really has a bunch of idiots in office. ultra brings in tons in hotel revenue and i can tell you this for a fact only 5 hotels in homestead and nobodby wants to drive from miami to homestead from a hotel it is just to far. MIAMI is governed by IDIOTS

Anonymous

these old fart politicians, we can not afford to loose the event we have, it is not like miami is being piked for summits, conventions, olympics or world cups of any kind!!!