Resident backlash erupts as draft of Ultra Music Fest’s Virginia Key agreement surfaces
With their 18-year run in Miami’s downtown coming to a sudden end, Ultra Music Festival is in the process of moving its flagship three-day fest to Virginia Key — but it’s not all all palm trees and PLUR for the residents of neighboring Key Biscayne. A draft of the agreement in question has surfaced, and the island is rallying heavily in opposition to the proposed plan.
With the island only reachable via Ultra’s prospective new home, residents held an emergency meeting on November 5 to air concerns ranging from noise, environmental damage, unmanageable traffic, and more. From all accounts, this isn’t just an average neighborhood rabble — citizens have hired a PR firm for the fight ahead, and promise to mobilize and resist the agreement however possible. With the November 15 vote to secure Ultra’s new home fast approaching, the sudden pushback could spell trouble for the fest’s future digs.
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