Anti-Ultra petition garners nearly 1,100 signatures

            Miami mainstay, Ultra Music Festival’s contract with Miami’s Bayfront Park Management Trust is quickly approaching its contract expiration, much to the delight of a group of Bayfront residents.

            The DNA, or the Downtown Neighbors Alliance began a petition a little over a month ago seeking the rejection of Ultra’s contract renewal, citing the festival as an interference with downtown residents’ ability to utilize Bayfront Park, festival setting to thousands of ravers each March, neighborhood park for the Miami dwellers.

            “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,” reads a section of the petition.

            The petition does not limit its scope to Ultra Music Festival, but rather desires bans on all music related events hosted in Bayfront Park. Since its establishment, the petition has garnered approximately 1,100 signatures. The DNA delivered the signed petition to Commissioner Frank Carollo at the monthly meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

            The city’s ruling is yet to be determined.