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Friday, May 10, 2019

Saying goodbye to Ultra

I didn't want to write about Ultra leaving Miami since it's not a Grove thing, but the last one was a Grove thing due to its's sound and ground pounding intrusion into the Grove and Brickell and Key Biscayne. But were people over-reacting, I don't think so.

The Ultra people blame problems with transportation logistics as being their reason for moving, but I think they were pushed out especially by Key Biscayne residents' complaints.


I think Ultra was its own worst enemy, for one thing, was it necessary to have the music and bass so loud? I've been to many concerts and I don't remember any of them where the sound left the stadium, including Joe Robbie Stadium. The sound was contained. 

I used to go when it was new, I don't remember the ear numbing pounding. When I went there were acts like The Killers, things like that, not the pounding electronic dance music.

Ultra was asked to vacate its home downtown because the new residents in the new condos complained of the noise. Miami will build anything on any open lot they can find, but then again, downtown is where high rises should be. So as much as I don't like over-development, if not downtown, where?


Maybe Ultra needs to be in a field somewhere, like Woodstock was - away from the madding crowd. 

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The biggest industry that South Florida has tourism and the three days the Ultra is here brings in huge crowds of people that stay in local hotels, eat in local restaurants, and shop in local stores. Is the bass music annoying if you aren't into that scene -- Yes. Are the crowds and increase in traffic annoying if you are trying to get somewhere -- Yes. But it's THREE DAYS. The same can be said about the Coconut Grove Art Festival with the traffic and noise that it creates. Are we going to get rid of that because people complain (and they do)?? Just because you don't like something doesn't mean that it should not happen. The move to Key Biscayne was a disaster that everyone should have seen coming...The festival should never have left Downtown. The people that moved into the towers adjacent to Bayfront knew that this is a yearly event and still moved into the towers. It's like the people that move into the houses next to I95 and then complain about the traffic noise.

May 10, 2019 8:46 AM  
Blogger James said...

Agree with the anonymous comment. Miami is built on tourism. We keep making it harder for events to do business in the city, and they'll eventually stop coming. How many more years before the Art Festival is gone?

May 10, 2019 10:31 AM  
Anonymous Terry Fruth said...

Good money drives out bad money. Billions in condos vs millions in concerts. Not even close. Miami is becoming a world city and it's future is in finance and service to Latin America. Tourism in Miami is based on the beach and cruises. Art Basel is complementary but Ultra is not.
Good weather and no income taxes is attracting financial organizations from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and California. The cruise business is one night in Miami at an airport hotel. The Beach is kids. Get the data first and then the opinion. Want to compete with Cancun or Geneva?

May 10, 2019 10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot of these project (Maurice Ferre Park, Melreese Golf Course 8th St. and Ultra)are in danger since Crazy Joe raised his ugly head again and got back into politics. Get ready for more.

May 10, 2019 5:05 PM  

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