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Ultra’s return to Virginia Key in doubt after local Advisory Board rules against the festival

"Excess stress" caused to nearby marine life has informed the decision...

Ultra’s proposed return to Virginia Key in Miami next year is in doubt after a local Advisory Board ruling.

Focusing on the festival environmental impact on the local area, the Virginia Key Advisory Board in Miami voted against the flagship festival returning to the 863-acre barrier island next year.

A study by Key News established that fish suffered excess stress levels because of loud music at the festival. It was found that testing of hormone levels showed stress levels "were greater than if the fish were being chased by a predator."

Having moved from Bayfront Park to Virginia Key for this year's edition last month, Ultra's future will ultimately be decided with a vote by the City of Miami Commissioner's Office on May 8th.

In February, Ultra Miami organisers laid out plans to protect the environment and wildlife around Virginia Key for its 2019 outing.

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