Ultra Music Festival is celebrating its first piece of positive news since 2019. The festival reached an agreement with the Downtown Neighbors Alliance. This group had sought for years to stop the festival or kick it out of Bayfront Park. This group of condo owners and residents are the chief reason that Ultra was initially banished to Virginia Key in 2019. The group would frequently send people to Miami City Commission meetings to speak out against Ultra, reading from a script, in order to create the impression that Miami no longer wanted Ultra Music Festival around.
The deal allows Ultra to continue delivering state of the art production, while implementing its first community standards program addressing issues like construction schedules, park closures, noise impacts, and traffic management.
“This development finally opens the door to establishing an ongoing working relationship between the parties, which was long overdue”Ray Martinez – Ultra Spokesman
Mr. Martinez further stated that “[w]e look forward to continuing to partner with area residents with the common goal of advancing a shared vision of sustainable coexistence, which will allow us to continue showcasing Miami and its local culture as the dance music capital of the world.”
James Torres, President of the Miami Downtown Neighbors Alliance, commented “[w]e are pleased to have reached an agreement that addresses many of the issues that have impacted Downtown Miami residents during previous Ultra events. We believe that this agreement will allow Ultra and its neighbors to coexist and will highlight Downtown Miami as “One Community for All”, and a great place to live, work and play.”
Ultra Music Festival is set to make its long-awaited return to Bayfront Park on March 25-27, 2022.