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Judge rules against residents’ noise worries ahead of the Miami Grand Prix

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Red Bull driver Sergio Perez of Mexico steers his car during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, April 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)

UPDATE:  A South Florida judge ruled that he won’t block the Formula 1 race set to take place in Miami Gardens in just a few weeks.
The legal battle over the noise from the race spearheaded by Miami Gardens residents will continue.

“My clients are doing nothing but living in their day to day lives in their homes that they’ve owned for decades and paid taxes on,” attorney Samuel Dubbin told WPLG. “It’s the defendants, particularly the stadium defendants, and the city as well, who are about to violate the law and cause them harm.”

Miami Gardens residents are hoping a Dade County judge will put the brakes on the Miami Grand Prix which is slated to be held at Hard Rock Stadium May 6-8.

People living in the neighborhoods surrounding the stadium in Northeast Miami-Dade are petitioning the court to block the race from happening, claiming the incessant noise from the field of Formula One racers will cause both injury and affect their quality of life.

A report by an engineering firm states that residents living within 2.5 miles of the event will be subjected to 97db of noise during the race, roughly equivalent to a chainsaw running at full throttle.

This will be the first race in a 10 year deal signed by race organizer South Florida Motorsports, who says measures have been taken to limit the impact of noise on the community.

Miami Gardens commissioners have also given their approval for the Grand Prix to be held at Hard Rock.

The judge overseeing the case brought by residents has given their attorneys until Wednesday to demonstrate that they couldn’t avoid the noise impact by simply staying inside when the race is happening or even wearing earplugs.

The racetrack, which is carved from a portion of the stadium parking lot, is 3.3 miles long and can accommodate 80,000 spectators.

Drivers will hit top speeds of nearly 200 mph as they negotiate the track’s 19 turns.

From 1983 to 1992 The Grand Prix of Miami was held on the streets of downtown Miami and then later at Homestead-Miami Speedway