City Commissioners vote to keep the event after safety fears
City commissioners in Miami have voted to keep Ultra Music Festival after its future was threatened due to numerous incidents at this year’s event.
The festival, which took place in March in Bayfront Park, had a troublesome year which included a stampede on the first day of the festival, which left one security guard severely injured. In addition, some 76 arrests took place at the event and 118 people were treated by paramedics. A 21-year-old man was also found dead in his car after attending the festival.
As WSVN reports, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and city commissioner Marc Sarnoff filed a motion to band the festival from the city. However, a motion affirming Ultra’s contract with Miami and Bayfront Park was passed by four votes to one.
Sarnoff and Regalado had attempted to make their case at the meeting by showing video of fights and drug consumption at the bash. “Residents complaining that they are prisoners in their homes for three days,” Regalado said at the meeting.
Ultra representatives spoke about the positive economic impact that the festival has on the area, and how the event has made Miami a global brand.
Officials voted to keep the festival on the condition that police will replace private security firms at the event; that a helpline will be set up for residents to call to report any problems; that there will be a zero tolerance policy on drugs; and that drug counseling sessions will be set up at the event.
Dizzee Rascal, Diplo, Skrillex (pictured), MIA, Tiesto, MGMT, Empire Of The Sun, Chase And Status, David Guetta and Afrojack all performed at Ultra this year.