Poisonous dust particles, ear damaging noise, traffic inconveniences and road closures are only a few reasons why Miami Gardens residents are taking to the streets to stop Formula One racing from coming to their community.
The first protest will take place Sunday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the intersection of Northwest 27th Avenue and 199th Street. The group plans to protest at every Dolphins home game through Dec. 1, with a final protest planned for Super Bowl 2020 on Feb. 2.
MG Families Unite is a diverse group of Miami Gardens residents that stand for the common good, and advocate for policies that are in the community’s best interest. Led by Former Miami-Dade County District 1 Commissioner and community activist Betty T. Ferguson, the group is committed to stopping plans in motion that would bring Formula One Racing to Hard Rock Stadium.
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 One and local organizers gave up on plans to hold a race in downtown Miami because of the disruption for businesses and residents.
Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioner’s Office of the Commission Auditor recently gave a report on the impacts of hosting Formula One racing. The report confirmed the concerns raised by MG Families Unite regarding traffic inconveniences, road closures, air pollution and noise pollution. In addition, the report shed light on the threat to local wildlife and ecosystems, as well as health hazards associated with weeks of light pollution associated with the construction phase.
At a recent town hall meeting hosted by District 1 Commissioner Barbara Jordan at Norland Senior High School regarding Formula One racing at Hard Rock, a crowd of 300 attended. They overwhelmingly expressed that Formula One was unwanted in their community.
“Big business wins but what do we get? Poisonous dust particles polluting our air, road closures, and dangerous noise levels for weeks at a time, which have the potential of permanently damaging our children’s hearing. It’s not worth it,” said Ferguson.
Shuttle service is available to the protest site on Sunday starting at 9:30 a.m. from a church parking lot at 17025 NW 22 Ave., Miami Gardens.
For more information visit mgfamiliesunite.com.