2014's Ultra Music Festival. Image Credit: George Martinez
The City Commission voted for Ultra Music Festival to stay in Miami for 2015, despite Mayor Tomas Regalado and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff's best efforts. The Miami New Times is reporting that the commission voted 4-1 rejecting the ban, keeping the festival at its current location of Bayfront Park. Sarnoff was the only commissioner who voted against the festival.
The call to ban Ultra from Miami was issued after security issues plagued the festival this year. An attendee was found dead in his car from an apparent drug overdose one morning during the three day event. Additionally, a security guard (Erica Mack) was trampled, putting her in intensive care when a crowd over ran a chain link fence.
The city commission did, however, insist on better fencing and an increased police presence in the future.
Ultra Music Festival's issued the following statement:
We are pleased with today's decision by the City of Miami Commission to continue our long-standing tradition of producing the Ultra Music Festival in downtown Miami. We are also extremely happy for our fans from around the world who love coming to Miami to be part of Ultra. The setting for the event in downtown Miami is part of what makes the event magical. We appreciate the commission for their vote today.
We will continue to work closely with the City of Miami, the Bayfront Park Management Trust, City of Miami Police Department and other municipal partners, small business owners and the local downtown community to ensure next year's event is a safe and fun environment for concertgoers and Miami residents. 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.
As a Miami-based company, creating jobs and attracting tourism to South Florida, we are privileged to create over 1,800 direct jobs in our community and bring over $80 million in economic impact to our local economy. We are optimistic about the future and creating more opportunities to grow and strengthen Miami for all.