Miami Mayor Withdraws Resolution to Ban Ultra, For Now
Miami, Florida -- Ultra Music Festival's place in Miami is safe... for the moment at least.
The fate of the electronic music festival was scheduled to be discussed and decided upon by the Miami commission this afternoon. However, before the meeting, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado withdrew the resolution and asked the commission to table the discussion until their April 24 meeting.
The resolution, sponsored by Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, was in response to the tragic events that occurred over Ultra's 2014 installment in March. As we reported, a 28-year-old security guard was trampled, 83 attendees were arrested, many more were hospitalized, and one fatality occurred.
Despite Ultra's contract with Bayfront Park to remain in that location through 2018, Sarnoff and the Mayor cited overall "deleterious effect" of the weekend festival as reason to ban the festival.
Since the announcement, Ultra took to Change.org to begin a petition to fight the ban and keep the festival in Miami. According to Thump, the petition has almost half of the 50,000 votes required. Ultra artists including Tiesto and Danny Avila have expressed their support of the festival, sharing the petition via their social media channels.
The Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association has also expressed support for Ultra. The organization released a statement saying, "the festival generates positive economic impact through sold out hotel rooms in downtown Miami, Brickell, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Miami Beach and throughout the entire country."
For now, all we can do is await the commissions' decision on April 24 and sign the petition, if you're in favor of keeping Ultra in Miami, that is.
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