The Downtown Neighbors Alliance (DNA) started a petition about two months ago to stop Ultra Music Festival from renewing their contract with the city, effectively forcing the festival to find a location different from their home at Bayfront Park. The influx of condo residents in the city make the voices behind this petition more numerous than they would have been around the time of the last contract renewal. The DNA have this to say in their Petition:
We, the residents of Downtown Miami and its neighboring communities deserve to have daily access to Bayfront Park – our neighborhood park…Instead, since the beginning of 2017, Bayfront Park has been closed to the public or in a state of disrepair for over 100 days because of mega-concerts like Ultra and Rolling Loud.
DNA is the same organization that wants to influence more limitations on Downtown Miami Nightlife, attempting to enforce sanctions on clubs like Club Space, who’s parties go on until the early morning. An angry resident named Gail Feldman aired her own grievances about the club scene to the Miami Herald.
“Never did I think that living in a beautiful penthouse would be like living in hell,” said Feldman, who recalled being awakened one night at 3 a.m. and traipsing bleary-eyed to the drugstore to buy earplugs that didn’t work. “I like music, but this is not music. There isn’t one square inch in our place where you cannot hear and feel the banging, blood-curdling noise. It doesn’t matter how many pillows you put over your head. It’s turning residents into lunatics.”
The petition has reached 1,100 signatures so far. Do you think Ultra should try to find a new hub for its flagship festival? Let us know on our Facebook page or join the dialogue on Twitter @GlobalDanceElec.