6th Protest Rally Against F1 Racing in Miami Gardens Begins at 2PM on Super Bowl February 2nd at Hard Rock Stadium
MIAMI GARDENS, Fl., January 15, 2020 — The Un-represented People’s Positive Action Council (UP-PAC) refuses to back down from the fight to stop Formula 1 racing on public streets in Miami Gardens. Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, 2020 will mark the 6th protest rally the political activism group will lead at Hard Rock Stadium, from 2 PM to 6 PM, at the SE corner of NW 27th Avenue and 199th Street. The public is urged to attend the rally to learn more about the community’s concerns, and to fellowship with their neighbors and local community leaders.
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan will attend the rally, doubling down on her staunch opposition of F1 racing at Hard Rock Stadium following an overwhelming rejection of the plans by District 1 constituents. In October, Commissioner Jordan sponsored a resolution that would mandate County Commission oversight of motor vehicle racing, including a public hearing and local impact studies. The resolution passed, however, County Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s subsequent veto of the resolution was sustained in November.
Since its inception, the F1 Racing circuit has ultimately been rejected by numerous host cities due to health concerns, the environmental impact and inconveniences of hosting these events. Earlier this year, Formula 1 and local organizers gave up on plans to hold a race in downtown Miami because of the disruption for businesses and residents. Shortly thereafter, Hard Rock Stadium owner Steve Ross invited F1 to hold the race in Miami Gardens.
Miami Gardens residents who live within a two-mile radius of Hard Rock Stadium would experience the bulk of public health issues related to the race.
Exposure to dangerous noise levels, air pollution, traffic inconveniences and road closures are among the chief concerns for Miami Gardens residents and local officials. The City of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert and City Council voted unanimously to object to the race on October 23rd. The alleged economic impact, historically inflated by F1, has largely formed the basis of Mayor Gimenez and Hard Rock Stadium’s defiance of the unprecedented local consensus against the race.
Residents within at least a radius extending 1,463 meters (~1mile) from Hard Rock Stadium can expect to experience peak noise levels due to the proposed race alone of at least 106 dBA, according to the acoustical engineering firm Leider Acoustics. This radius is particularly critical because it includes Norwood Elementary School, and extends to NW 32 Avenue on the West, 207th Terrace on the North, 13th Avenue on the East, and NW 183rd Street on the South. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), noise levels above 85 dBA are dangerous to hearing.
Miami Gardens Families Unite led by former County Commissioner Betty T. Ferguson Rolling Crest Lake Homeowners Association, Circle of Brotherhood, Miami-Dade Black Democratic Caucus, Miami-Dade Chapter of the NAACP, and the NAACP Youth Council will all join UP-PAC in protest when Super Bowl LIV comes to Miami Gardens next month. Miami Gardens residents and supporters are encouraged to RSVP to attend the protest at mgfamiliesunite.com. Shuttle service is available to the protest site starting at 1:30 PM from the parking lot at 17025 NW 22nd Ave, Miami Gardens, FL 33056.
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