Ultra Music Festival May Return To Downtown Miami If Commissioners Approve

Miami Commissioners are set to vote next week on a plan that could bring Ultra Music Festival back to Bayfront Park.

Ultra could then remain there permanently unless commissioners vote unanimously to remove them, under the terms of a new deal.

A group called the Downtown Neighbors Alliance remains opposed to Ultra being held in the area, the Herald reported. The group complains of noise, mess and the park closure.

Under the new deal, Ultra could only occupy the park for a month (compared to two months before) and completely close it for 14 days, shorter than in previous years.

Ultra would pay $2 million in annual rent, but receive a $1 million police and fire credit, the terms state. That would be a worse financial deal for the city than the agreement commissioners rejected last September.

City Manager Emilio Gonzalez is a supporter of Ultra and said the economic impact of the festival outweighs any reduction in rent.

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Anonymous

I’ve never been to Ultra and I don’t intend to ever go, but I bought my condo in Brickell because I wanted to be in the middle of action, what Miami is known for. NIMBY’s can go f themselves and relocate. Let Miami remain Miami. Bayfront all the way baby!!!

Anonymous

What type of action are you talking about??? Drugs and people peeing and vomiting everywhere??? Thats not what Brickell nor Downtown are known for… you’re in the wrong place, you’re the one who should relocate. Ultra doesn’t belong to downtown and never will.

Anonymous

It’s been there longer than you

Anonymous

Actually NO. The residential condos in Brickell started to get built in the 80’s and in Downtown in the early 2000’s way before Ultra came into town. Ultra came AFTER the residential properties. They need to move that festival. Brickell and Downtown were originally built for the affluent and wealthy clientele, not for teenagers and kids on drugs. So NOOOOO Ultra does NOT belong in Downtown.

Anonymous

You’re out of place in Miami. Byeeee

Anonymous

Seriously, just leave. You don’t belong.

Anonymous

Ultra Bayfont 2020!!! F**k downtown NIMBY’S!!

Anonymous

Go to Las Vegas if you want noise, drugs and vandalism…

Downtown Miami is mostly a residential area, we want peace and quiet.

Anonymous

Move to Kendall

Anonymous

>Downtown Miami is mostly a residential area, we want peace and quiet.

Downtown Miami land use is primarily commercial. Look at this map. Downtown is the only non-residential area in a sea of residential land use.
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Polo

I hope Miami Commissioners will vote for it. The Ultra is a world class event that brings tons of free positive publicity for Miami on the world stage. As far as loss of use of the park, what a joke. Bayfront Park is the most under used park in the city. Every time I walk around there the park is empty. Also, if the nimbys don’t like the noise they should move to west Kendall, or Wichita!!!

Anonymous

You are also forgetting Bayfront Park has more stages and amphitheaters than green space. It is, and has historically been used, as an outdoor event venue. The “Park” in Bayfront Park is just a name like Marlins Park. Neither are real parks. Long live Ultra!

Anonymous

NO because most people bought in those areas before Ultra arrived. I know this because I sold some of those condos back in the early 2000’s. The area is not quiet… you get traffic noise, especially during the games. So people who bought there knew there would be city noise. BUT Ultra is too much!!! Plus it brings a horrible crowd. I did not sell that shit to my clients who bought in those condos. Ultra needs to go to Orlando or Homestead.

Oscar

I live downtown, have never been to and do not have any interest every going to Ultra, but can still recognize the value that having a world class event showcasing our urban core provides. Are the downsides like noise, traffic, and park closures? Sure, but that’s true of 41 yearly Miami Heat games, several annual holiday celebrations, — hell, it might even be true of the Book Fair. These events belong in the heart of our city and it’s part of the reason many choose to live downtown. I’m sorry, but if you’re looking for “peace and quiet,” the downtown core of 6-million-person metropolis is probably not the right neighborhood for you.

Anonymous

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marc

I assume the rent is being reduced because they’ll only be there for 1 month as opposed to 2 and only close the park for two weeks this time around.

Anonymous

Lol! The September agreement was only supposed to be for 5 years. Now Ultra is gonna get a permanent license. The only way all 5 commissioners will vote to kick it out is if Russell Faibisch comes out as a secret communist.

Trump jr

Amal Kabbani..that sounds like a name Homeland Security should investigate. Heck aren’t Muslims opposed to music? #noshariainmiami

Anonymous

So now Homestead is a jilted sex-toy that Ultra was never interested anyway? jeez

Frank

I’ve been living in downtown for the last 9 years (Marina Blue) and I can honestly say that we should have more events! Ultra belongs in downtown Miami. No other spot would do it justice.
Same reason the AAA is in downtown.

Traffic during ultra is honestly not bad at all. At least for me (I’m close to the highway)
Violence dint spike up. The Park being closed for too long is really the only complaint I might have but I don’t go that often to complain about that

I was excited when I heard that we were having F1 racing again in the heart of the city. I wasn’t surprised when they couldn’t get the race scheduled and planned on time.

Super excited to see Miami World Center finished. Also the Observation tower that’s being built in Bayside.

Ultra Belongs in Downtown Miami.

Anonymous

You can thank loco Joe for the lower rent.

ao7777777

can we thank him for anything positive?

Anonymous

Vote is a given.. up to Ultra is they want to return.

Anonymous

Commissioners still have to vote on okaying this deal and the ULTRA organizers have to want to come back and also agree to the proposals. So folks, don’t start “Yippying” yet.

Anonymous

One month time frame for COMPLETE restoration of park to as it was is enticing, less rent money is not. Why would we reduce the rent? Poor negotiators.

Anonymous

Because in negotiations, when you blink , you pay. City rolled the dice by driving it out and obviously the lost revenue hurt a lot of businesses.

Anonymous

Trump is probably negotiating the deal !

Oscar

Good. Don’t decrease the rent, though.

Anonymous

Ultra… Now with shore power!

Anonymous

Can this just be over with?

Anonymous

The contract as written stipulates a $1000 fine for sound level violations. That’s not even a slap on the wrist, it’s literally pocket change and there’s no incentive for Ultra to keep it under control. Excessive sound levels is what got Ultra kicked out of their last two venues.

Anonymous

Just one question…. why did Keon Hardemon who voted against Ultra in Bayfront Park last year all of sudden change his mind and now becomes the commissioner who is pushing to get it back? Answer….$$$$ to his relatives!

Anonymous

Ultra Fest should go to Homestead or Orlando far away from residential properties. They will continue to get complains from residents. I think Orlando is a great alternative if they can find land near the parks that is far away enough from residential communities.

Anonymous

Glad we kicked them out realized what we did wrong, and then take less rent. A screw up all around, aka the City of Miami way. Maybe look across the bay and learn how to actually run a city instead of running it like 1980s Cuba.

marc

naturally. You wouldn’t want to pay the same amount after you’re time of residence is cut in half.

Anonymous

Disgusting !!!

Anonymous

Downtown is not the right place for these type of events… Move them somewhere else !!!

Anonymous

Gene, is that you again?

Anonymous

Move out of the city if noise is your concern…

Anonymous

Move out to Las Vegas if you want noise, drugs, and vandalism…

Anonymous

Actually, noise, drugs, and vandalism sound exactly like downtown Miami. Can’t forget about stabings either.

marc

Sounds exactly like many downtowns, not just Miami’s.

Anonymous

Leave.. Bye Felicia

Anonymous

There’s a ton of people with no interest in having Ultra in their backyard. The majority of people who attend Ultra and want Ultra downtown don’t have to live with it.