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Will Ultra Music Fest hurt the area?

Those are people. Picture all these people on environmentally fragile Virginia Key.

Ultra Music Festival's plans to move to Virginia Key from downtown Miami, will be discussed by the Miami City Commission. 

Key Biscayne residents are having fits over this, a recent meeting notice read: "Moving Ultra to Virginia Key has serious complications for the health and safety of all regular users of Virginia Key and residents of Key Biscayne. Learn how you and your organization can help." Health and Safety issues? Maybe not. But traffic nightmares and probably destruction of a fragile environment - yes. Tickets are already on sale for the March event.

While it's true that if you live on Key Biscayne, you have to pass through Miami to get in and out of the key and therein lies the rub. But should Key residents be subjected to the inability to leave the Key for the duration of the Ultra Festival? They are throwing the Grove into the equation, making it seem as if we will be affected by the festival. Will we be?

Having the City of Miami as your entrance and the only entrance - going through the City, is not really a great idea. Sort of like Miami controlling Coconut Grove. Nothing good comes out of it.

The City of Miami will always sell itself out when it gets the chance. Look at the over-development in every corner, and when the Boat Show wanted to start using Miami Marine Stadium for their show, they got a slap on the hand for destroying the fragile eco-system and removing mangroves at the site, and for that matter, so did big shot 
Arquitectonica owner Bernardo Fort-Brescia when he destroyed mangroves that were annoying him. If there is a buck to be made, the City always chooses that over quality of life.

Maybe Key Biscayne neighbors can start a GoFundMe page and build a second causeway at the south end. I believe the original plan was a causeway that was supposed to go from around the Matheson Hammock area to the key, maybe they can do that. This way they can avoid the City of Miami entrance altogether and have a back way in and out.

But seriously, will Ultra ruin the environment with that large mass of attendees? I think I liked Miami Marine Stadium when it was just sitting there rotting in the weeds. Right now it's turning into a large and destructive event space - starting with the Boat Show, then Ultra, what next 50 story condos?

This post first appeared on Coconut Grove Grapevine, please read the originial post: here

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Will Ultra Music Fest hurt the area?


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