Bayfront Park has become Miami’s signature spot for mega-concerts and music events, including the famous Ultra Music Festival, and the inaugural Rolling Loud Festival. While both events draw eager guests from around the world, generating revenue for the city and its surrounding establishments, Miami residents are not impressed. Locals who call downtown Miami home have united to create a petition that, if enacted, would prohibit the city from hosting large-scale concerts and music festivals.
The Change.org petition reads:
“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 the restricted access to the public park, residents state that the festivals are responsible for an influx of environmental damages, noise complaints, traffic congestion, and drug trafficking/violence in the city.
The petition has garnered over 700 supporters and counting. The group plans to deliver the petition to Bayfront Park and City of Miami commissioners in hopes of getting festivals to relocate.
If the petition gains traction, it could jeopardize Ultra’s stronghold on the city of Miami, forcing the veteran festival and others to find new homes in 2018 and the coming years.
Read the full petition here.