Ultra Trouble as Miami Mayor Calls for End of Festival

posted by Laura Baker-Finch on March 31, 2014

Miami, Florida -- 2014 may very likely mark the end of Ultra Music Festival's 16-year reign in Miami after a drama-filled weekend. Miami Mayor Tom├ís Regalado and City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff have called for the end of the festival and will submit a new resolution to ban Ultra in the coming weeks. 

In addition to the 84 arrests (28 felonies) that occurred over the weekend and the 118 others that were treated by paramedics, a security guard was nearly killed by a group of people attempting to gain access to the festival. 28-year-old Erica Mack was trampled when stationed at the festival perimeter as ticketless fans stormed the chainlink fence. 

According to The Miami Herald, Mack suffered leg injuries and severe brain hemorrhaging during the incident Friday of the festival. She has since stabilized but remains in critical condition at an area hospital as Miami's homicide unit looks for witnesses to the incident.

Mayor Regalado has said Ultra organizers "acted irresponsibly," by not addressing police concerns about the spot where Mack was trampled. According to reports, police inspected the perimeter and called for additional fencing, though none was added. 

City Commissioner Sarnoff, who last year called Ultra attendees a "urinating, defecating... throwing up" mob of "kids on some sort of mind-altering drug," added to the Mayor's statement, "I think they have overstayed their welcome." 

Regalado and Sarnoff have teamed up to ban Ultra Music Festival from the city, and will submit their new resolution in the coming weeks. 

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