Friday, April 11, 2014

Ultra Music Festival to Stay in Miami – For Now

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After a series on controversies surrounding this year’s Ultra Music Festival in Miami led to local officials making a serious bid to have the annual EDM event banned from the city, the latest news out of Florida is looking good for dance music fans — for now.

“Today Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff and Mayor Regalado withdrew their ‘Resolution’ to ban the Ultra Music Festival from Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami,” the event’s promoters posted to the Ultra Facebook page earlier today (April 10) after releasing a pro-festival video to the media. “They have requested to have the issue ‘discussed’ by the City Commission on April 24th at 10AM.”

Here is the Ultra announcement in full:
“The support from the Greater Miami and Beaches Hotel Association, the outpouring of support from Downtown businesses and residents, and the overwhelming support of Ultra fans around the world has delivered a temporary victory in the fight to keep Ultra in Downtown Miami. It appears most City Commissioners understand what Ultra Music Festival means to the Ultra Worldwide brand globally and appreciate the tremendous positive economic impact that the 3-day annual event has on the city of Miami and surrounding communities. We are thankful for the support from our fans and supporters both in Miami and across the world. Ultra remains committed to working with the City of Miami, its Police Department, Fire Department, and Bayfront Park Trust to make Ultra Music Festival even more safe, secure and successful next year and years to come. We must continue to put forth our positive message and we ask our supporters to help us again on April 24th when Ultra will be discussed by the Miami City Commission.”
In the meantime, the festival is facing new opposition from the Miami police union over a pair of officers who have been banned from working the event, claiming it’s an example of how Ultra “interferes with the security of the event.” See more in the CBS Miami news clip above.

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