This is a sensitive year for Ultra Music Festival in Miami; their contract is up for renewal, meaning a routine overview of whether or not to keep it in the city of Miami will take place by official employees of the local government. It is, essentially, the opportune time for local residents to voice their opposition.
The Miami Downtown Neighbors Alliance has stepped up to remove both Ultra and a festival called Rolling Loud that takes place in May from Bayfront Park, creating a petition that’s already past the halfway point towards 1,000 signatures. The official Change.org petition had this to say:
“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.”
“In addition to destroying the park’s environmental elements, including trees, turf and landscaping, these events regularly force thousands of Downtown residents to flee the area to avoid the unbearable noise, traffic, and alcohol/drug-related violence present at and around these events.”
This may be taken into consideration by the city if it gathers enough voices behind it, and while there are plenty of other factors that help both festivals’ cases, the petition has a chance of making these festivals set up shop somewhere else.
View the full petition here and keep locked for more updates.