Known by thousands of people around the world, Ultra Miami and Rolling Loud are events that, in addition to the quality they present, take place in one of the best possible locations, Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami.
But to be able to hold events of this size it is necessary to close the park for long periods of time. Beyond the days of the festivals, it takes a long period of time for the assembly and dismantling of structures and preparation of the spaces, which leads to the discontent of Miami residents.
The Miami Downtown Neighbors Alliance began an online petition to move these two festivals out of Bayfront Park about 3 weeks ago, with a target of 1000 signatures.
As can be seen from the petition, residents claim that the park is taxpayer funded, and therefore, is public property that should not be rented to private companies.
It can also be read:
“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.”
With more than 700 signatures already in place, the petition may have some impact on Miami’s decision-making process when it renews Ultra’s contract for next year’s edition, as well as Rolling Loud’s return to downtown.
These two events represent a huge source of revenue for the city, not only for the events themselves, but also for the thousands of people around the world who stay in Miami, and for the image that is passed of the city.
While the Miami commissioners try to minimize the inconvenience caused to residents, they continue their struggle, saying that “the park is for the enjoyment of residents, not a cash cow for the city!”
You can read the full petition here.