Downtown Neighbors Alliance fills lawsuit against Ultra Music Festival
When we all thought that the issues relating Ultra Music Festival and downtown Miami were solved, a new turn of events have just occurred. Downtown Neighbors Alliance representing the neighbourhood of Miami, have just filled a lawsuit against the City of Miami relating the North-American festival.
Just weeks after getting the amazing news of Ultra’s first proactive actions including the full refurbishment of Bayfront Park ahead of the celebration of the festival on March 20th, 21st and 22nd, which seemed to restore the calm to the capital of Florida, now the city council of Miami has yet received another official complain by the neighbourhood. On July, the Miami City Commissioners allowed the festival to return to its home after Miami’s residents lost the support and part of the votes needed to keep Ultra away from Bayfront Park. Although these news were widely celebrated by the whole electronic music community, it outraged part of the inhabitants of Downtown Miami, who have been trying to overturn this decision ever since. On this new lawsuit, the Downtown Neighbors Alliance states the following:
“Between 2012 and 2018, the City allowed Ultra to conduct music festivals in Bayfront Park, and blast catastrophic volumes of noise into Plaintiffs’ and other Downtown Miami residents’ homes depriving them of the quiet enjoyment of their homes, and also depriving Plaintiffs and other Downtown residents access to Bayfront Park for several months each year.
All Plaintiffs have standing to bring this action. All Plaintiffs are residents of the City and have standing to challenge the City’s Charter and Code violations under Section of the City of Miami Charter, Citizens Bill of Rights. In addition, all Plaintiffs reside in buildings.”
As concerning as this might sound, Ultra Music Festival has fired back reassuring the commitment they have as a brand and festival with the City of Miami and guaranteeing the celebration of the festival at the Bayfront Park in 2020:
“Ultra Music Festival and the City of Miami have enjoyed a long-standing partnership that will continue with our 22nd edition on March 20-22, 2020 at Bayfront Park.
We are aware of reports that a group of neighbours once again filed suit against the City of Miami. The lawsuit filed raises almost identical issues to the lawsuits filed last year and, just like with those lawsuits, we fully expect the city to quickly prevail like it has in the past.
We are grateful to continue partnering with the City of Miami, and we look forward to bringing a world-renowned event back to our home at Bayfront Park this March”
Let’s see how these legal battle continues. You can read the full lawsuit here.