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Ultra Music Festival & Downtown Miami residents reach historic agreement

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The relationship between Ultra Miami and the residents of downtown Miami has been contentious, at best— protests, petitions, and attempted shutdowns have long marred the globally-renowned festival that was just approved to host its 2022 event in downtown’s Bayfront Park.

That all changes today. Ultra Music Festival and the Downtown Neighbors Alliance, the neighborhood organization representing a dozen residential communities in Downtown Miami, are now pleased to announce that they have reached a historic agreement bringing a much-welcomed conclusion to their longstanding tensions.

Ultra will continue to deliver state-of-the-art production consistent with Ultra’s high production standards, while also voluntarily implementing its first community standards program addressing issues including construction schedules, park closures, noise monitoring/impact, and traffic management. According to a company spokesperson, Ray Martinez, in a recent press statement,

“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.”

Ray Martinez, Ultra

Mr. Martinez further stated that “[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.”

James Torres, President of the Miami Downtown Neighbors Alliance, commented as well.

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement that addresses many of the issues that have impacted Downtown Miami residents during previous Ultra events. We believe that this agreement will allow Ultra and its neighbors to coexist and will highlight Downtown Miami as ‘One Community for All,’ and a great place to live, work and play.”

– James Torres

The next edition of Ultra Music Festival is scheduled to take place from March 25 – 27, 2022 at Bayfront Park. 

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