Comment
Festivals

Ultra Music Festival stays put, votes Miami City Commission 4-1

By Beatport News Editors
umf14a_051

The city of Miami has spoken — and it means good news for Ultra Music Festival and their fans.

As Rolling Stone reported, city officials have voted in a four-to-one-margin in favor of keeping the electronic music event in Miami. Previously, Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, the vote’s lone “nay,” and Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado had called for the festival to be banned after gate-crashers trampled 28-year-old security guard Erica Mack and caused her severe brain hemorrhaging. She was hospitalized for several days with a broken leg and fractured skull, but is now at home recovering.

Based on the motion, Ultra is now allowed to remain in Miami under certain strict conditions: Its organizers must increase the number of police working the event. They must establish a phone number for residents local to the festival to call to report problems. The festival must display a zero drug, lewd and lascivious behavior policy in a manner that’s “very public.” And it must set up drug counseling stations throughout the event.

After the Miami commission reached its verdict, Ultra issued the following statement via Facebook. “The setting for the event in downtown Miami is part of what makes the event magical,” it said. “We appreciate the commission for their vote today.” Their statement goes on to say that it would continue to work with the city, its police and the trust that manages the park where it takes place, to ensure the event would be safe. “We are pleased to continue our ongoing practice of assessing and implementing improved security measures as well as any recommendations from our ongoing security review being led by our new Director of Security, Police Chief Ray Martinez.”

Well, there you have it — for now. More on this as it develops.

Lead image: Rukes