Editorial

Recommendations for Formula 1

A Word from the DNA President

The Formula 1 Miami Festival at Bayfront Park and Biscayne Boulevard, October 20–21, was quite a success. Thousands attended, including many downtown residents. “I love these events where the entire community can participate,” said a 50 Biscayne resident.

Traffic disruption was at a minimum, as was park closure. Regarding noise, people at Formula 1 were receptive to our input. I called them to advise that the bass was too loud during a test, and they did modify it. Thanks, Julie Caputo!

Formula 1 Miami Festival. October 20, 2018. Biscayne Boulevard as seen from Bayfront Park. Photo Aurea Veras.

The questions many residents asked had to do with the real thing, the real Formula 1 races through downtown streets. And we have no way to answer because we don’t know much about it yet.

What we do know is that the DNA, representing Downtown residents, has a number of recommendations. For example, considering 5th Avenue or another alternate avenue that runs parallel to Biscayne Boulevard, a road without residential towers. Gary Ressler, a downtown stakeholder, suggests that Formula 1 hold a Fan Fest every year in Bayfront Park and the actual races at the Hard Rock Stadium, like the Super Bowl.

The DNA stands firmly against any disruption to Bayfront Park and our green spaces — no paving of the Park or any plans to run tracks through the park will ever be acceptable! We’d like to learn more and have a saying about set-up and tear down, test periods, sound levels, and clean up. Last but not least — considering the significant revenues Formula 1 brings to organizers — we’d like to discuss legacy projects, the plans for giving back to a community that must endure the inconveniences.

As Mayor Francis Suarez puts it, we can all agree that Formula 1 can have a positive impact on Miami, “but the devil is in the details.”

Amal Solh Kabbani is the President of the Downtown Neighbors Alliance, DNA.

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