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Ultra Music Festival reaches mutual agreement with Miami residents

Written by on May 26, 2021

The contentious nature of Ultra Music Festival’s relationship with Miami residents has been well-documented since the festival’s 20th anniversary celebration, but ahead of Ultra’s Bayfront Park homecoming in March of 2022, both UMF and Miami have come to a mutual agreement that will hopefully ensure Ultra’s residency at the waterfront venue.

Both Ultra Music Festival and the Downtown Neighbors Alliance, an organization that represents various residential communities in Downtown Miami, announced on May 26 that they have officially settled their differences surrounding “many of the issues that have impacted Downtown Miami residents during previous Ultra events,” according to the organization’s president James Torres.

Ultra has voluntarily elected to begin planning its first-ever community standards program before it formally makes the move from Virginia Key back to Bayfront Park. Ultra will be fine-tuning its blueprint for the festival’s construction schedules, Bayfront Park hours, a reduction in noise pollution, and traffic control across Biscayne Boulevard as well as neighboring streets. In a statement, longtime Ultra representative Ray Martinez said,

“This development finally opens the door to establishing an ongoing working relationship between the parties, which was long overdue. Ultra’s leadership was privileged to work closely with local residents in striking the balance between accommodating local residential lifestyles and hosting large-scale and state-of-the art music productions in Miami’s urban core. [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.”

Ultra will officially make the return home to Bayfront Park on March 25 – 27, 2022.

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