Ultra Music Festival Will Return To Downtown Miami In 2020 After Commissioners Vote In Favor

Miami commissioners vote 3-2 today to bring Ultra Music Festival back to Bayfront Park in downtown Miami next year.

According to the SFBJ, the terms of the new deal are:

  • The contract is year-to year and the city can terminate it at any time
  • $2 million minimum fee to city plus police and fire reimbursement, along with annual increases and ticket percentages
  • 10 PM curfew on Sunday
  • Noise level reduction from 110 decibels to 102, along with limits on light checks
  • Main stage reoriented away from neighboring condos whose residents complained about sound
  • Traffic management plan required

Ken Russell and Joe Carollo were the two commissioners who voted against the deal.

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Thank You, Gort, Hardemon & Reyes… As for Ken Russell, you will not have my vote in the upcoming election.

Anonymous
2 years ago

#Anyonebutrussell
#neverrussell

Anonymous
2 years ago

Russell is spineless in every direction. He just wants to go to Congress but he’ll never make it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

He is only interested on pleasing his base. White Middle Class Coastal anti developer Baby-boomers, who happen to be the only ones who vote in local elections.

Anonymous
2 years ago

It’s the best location!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Notice how the NIMBYs only say Bayfront Park is a green oasis when it comes to Ultra. Yet they’re always complaining it’s a homeless hotel.

Anonymous
2 years ago

It is indeed a homeless motel.
Come on. You can actually count daily visitors to the park with 2 or three hands

POLO
2 years ago

Every time I walk around Bayfront Park, the park is almost empty! Where are the NIMBYs enjoying there green oasis? Glad to see the Ultra returning to Bayfront Park!

Anonymous
2 years ago

VICTORY!!!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Get yer popcorn ready. These threads are always entertaining.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Hey a surprise post by TNM…i was hoping I wouldn’t have to wait till Monday for another

Anonymous
2 years ago

BREAKING NEWS ARTICLE!!! LOVE IT

Anonymous
2 years ago

It’s been crazy.. nice job by all involved to keep it home.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Gene! Let’s go next year. We’ll crash at your place or mine? Either way, it’s going to be lit! Or as people from your generation would say, it’s going to be groovy.

Anonymous
2 years ago

is Gene here yet ?

Anonymous
2 years ago

I’ll say this I’m glad it’s back but I couldn’t help but wonder how well it would have done somewhere else. I’m mainly talking Bout Miami Beach, I was there the other day and seen all the space on the beach for the event. The mix between the beach and South Beach what have out shined Miami with less restrictions as there are no residents to please. Since I have been reading this forum for the past few years I’ve come to the realization that Miami is the worst governored city. Backwards thinking, corrupt…. A city that can be so much more but has been held back by it’s government! From Ultra to the soccer stadium to the innovation district not to mention F1 have all been pushed always by the powers that be. The people deserve better!!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami Beach has already said noway as far as ULTRA holding their event there.

Anonym
2 years ago

“No residents to please”, South Beach is one of the highest density neighborhood in the United States!

Anonymous
2 years ago

I believe it was hosted in Miami Beach once or twice in the late 90s and they said never again. Miami Beach is much denser now and if they weren’t willing to entertain it in the early 2000s, then they sure as won’t now.

Anonymous
2 years ago

YES!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Crazy for even getting rid of it in the first place considering all the business it brings downtown when those attendees are looking for places to stay, eat and party.

Miami
2 years ago

With the greedy negotiation of percentage of ticket sales… Miami doesn’t deserve ULTRA. We take everything for granted. That’s bullsh*t.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thing is… where does that 2 million go? The park is trashed and closed for a while… the event itself is noisy, dirty, and brings all kind of craziness… Downtown sees little direct investment from that 2 million? Residents paid for Flagler street to be redone and its one of the most mismanaged projects to date!

POLO
2 years ago

The Miami Ultra is the crown jewel of them all! What Miami gets? It gets world wide exposure and advertising. You also have well healed young people from all over the world come to the festival and expend a ton of monies (hotels nights, restaurants, night clubs, transportation, etc.). And remember guys, it’s only one weekend per year!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Disgrace !!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

The chaos will be back !!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Let it be back!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

You’re the Disgrace one…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Noooo!!! Bad news!!! This will have a negative impact on all the real estate agents with listings in downtown !!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

And Brickell

Anonymous
2 years ago

it won’t hurt us, property managers, downtown.

ding dong
2 years ago

It’s only a three day, once year event!!!!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

This will hurt condo sales…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Unfortunately yes.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Good. We could use more affordable housing.

Homeless guy shitting in the landscaping
2 years ago

I found affordable housing right in Bayfront Park

Anonymous
2 years ago

That is a GREAT idea. I am sick and tired of developers building more of these luxury condominiums that NO ONE is buying.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Please tell me the statistics that prove Ultra has a direct negative impact on condo sales. Condo sales were already performing poorly if you pay attention to the news, so don’t try to blame a trend in sales on Ultra. As a market analyst, I can tell you directly how bad hotels were hit with just moving it to Virginia Key Beach. Hotels not only pay property taxes, but tourists also pay bed taxes. Only 8% of Ultra attendees are from Miami-Dade County. That’s A LOT of tax revenue and sales earnings for hotels, restaurants, and shops. If you listened to commission yesterday, you’d have heard InterCon report their occupancy was down nearly 40% this year for that week. They weren’t the only hotel with significant drops like that. Go check out the GMCVB annual reports to see how much tourists spend on hotels, ground transportation, food, and shopping and then look at how much tourist-related tax dollars are generated. Now that I’ve made my case, please tell me yours on the correlation between Ultra and condo sales.

Anonymous
2 years ago

that old fart jorge perez is paranoid about anything that could pose the slightest threat to his condo empire

Anonymous
2 years ago

Families don’t want to move into areas with these type of crazy events, infested with drugs, violence, noise and disruption.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Good. They should move to Kendall.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Families should move to Kendall then, do your research ultra has been one of the safest festivals in the past few years

Anonymous
2 years ago

Then those FAMILIES should reconsider moving like KENDALL or somewhere else!

Anonymous
2 years ago

I sell real estate and a lot of people do not want to look at condos there due to the noise not only from Ultra but all the events that happen at Bayside and the Arena. So yes it does hurt sales. I think this area is great for hotels, office buildings, warehouses, etc. But for residential especially in the luxury market, they do not want all that noise. I think in the residential side what would do VERY well in this sector would be apartments (Multifamily-rentals), maybe micro units… apartment buildings targeting millennials. That is the target market that likes to be in all the action. The buildings that were built there target the luxury market which for the most part is an older buyer (40 +).

Anonymous
2 years ago

Then those few buildings fronting Bayfront Park should upgrade their windows/sliding glass doors. If you have the type of high impact windows/sliding glass doors that newer construction has, then you shouldn’t be able to hear it. Bass is one thing since that is more felt than heard, so I’ll give you that, but these buildings were poorly constructed. Look at the issues Related’s most recent projects are facing and know that Jorge was cutting corners in 2007 for 50 Biscayne just like he did with Paraiso in 2018. I live in a condo near the Design District abutting the railroad tracts and I never hear or feel Brightline or freight rail unless I’m on my balcony (which faces the rail looking west I might add). If I lived in 50 Biscayne, I’d have code enforcement or an engineer inspect the windows/sliding glass doors and tell me how cheap or outdated the materials are. I have a friend who lives in a condo near Margaret Pace Park facing east and he never hears the loud music from the boats at the picnic island from inside his unit; he only hears it when he goes out onto his balcony. Another location to look at are the apartments under construction above the Brightline station. Don’t you think they spent the money to have windows and balcony doors that mitigate noise from the rail activity just below? Let’s face it. The condos built along Bayfront before 2014 were cheap and the people buying there think they’re entitled to a public park that they don’t own and isn’t part of their condo association fees. Bayfront has always been a venue first and a park second. Any complaints on noise, I attribute to cheap construction.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Don’t Worry. there are still hundreds of Ex-Soviet Oligarchs and Ex Chavistas who will keep “Investing” in Downtown Miami Luxury Condos.

Anonymous
2 years ago

How??? Please explain