I filed my lawsuit because Virginia Key is a completely inappropriate venue for ULTRA and my warnings about the logistical and environmental problems were ignored by the City and ULTRA.
National and international coverage bore witness to the fiasco as 60,000 concertgoers were stranded on the island and closed down the [Rickenbacker Bridge] as the concertgoers, many of whom were visiting from out of town, were forced to walk to Miami to try to find a way back to their hotels.
This international embarrassment was exacerbated the next day by City Manager Emilio Gonzalez falsely claiming on a weekend television talk show that the logistical meltdown was not caused by bad planning on the part of the City and ULTRA, but rather resulted from concertgoers "wanting to walk home" at 2am.
All this bad press hurts the "Miami brand" as well as our residents and businesses.
In addition to widespread noise complaints over a large area, I have discovered that ULTRA engaged in un-permitted mosquito spraying on this environmentally sensitive area prior to the event in contravention of the Environmental Plan they submitted.
ULTRA engaged a private spraying service and I have submitted a Public Records Request to the City to get more information on what chemicals were sprayed and where.
Further, I have made a Public Records on unpermitted large propane tanks placed at the site. This is particularly concerning given the pyrotechnic displays and the fire that occurred during the festival.
I will be adding these facts to my ongoing litigation against the City and ULTRA on the move to Virginia Key.
Hopefully the City will learn from their mistakes and the bad press coverage and rethink its decision and stop putting profits above good sense and the quality of life of our residents.