Miami Tells Ultra Festival: Take Your Glowsticks Elsewhere
The ultra popular and ultra rowdy electronic dance music event Ultra Music Festival was held in Miami over the weekend, and after 76 arrests, 118 festival goers needing medical attention, and one security guard trampled nearly to death, Miami mayor Tomas Regalado and other city officials are saying that Miami will welcome the EDM event of the year no more. According to a local Miami CBS affiliate, Regalado and City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff are taking the steps to insure the three-day festival will have to leave its Miami home and take its ecstasy and glow sticks elsewhere.
“The mayor and I will be proposing a resolution in front of the commission that would deny them the ability to have Ultra in the future,” said Sarnoff, according to CBS. “I think they have overstayed their welcome.”
“What happened this weekend is an event that could have been avoided,” said Mayor Regalado to CBS on Sunday of the security guard’s trampling after people without tickets attempted to rush the fence to break in to the festival. “The organizers of Ultra did not follow the police directive to re-enforce the fence, even though they knew that this year, and the year before, some kids have tried to over run the fences. In the next weeks, we are going to have a discussion on the city commission level to deny the permits for next year for the event here in the city of Miami.”
Miami residents and city officials have grown frustrated with the annual event, as attendees have become increasingly unruly and people without tickets attempt to break in through the festival’s barricades, which is how private security guard Erica Mack was trampled on Friday night. She is in critical condition with a broken leg and severe head injuries.
“She was not strong enough to deal with a mob of people that actually pushed this fence down, pushing her backwards and the fence landing on top of her. Now these people started trampling on top of her just to get into the event, as a result she sustained major head trauma as well as a broken leg,” said Miami Fire Rescue Lt. Ignatius Carroll, per CBS. Officials had advised that the fence where Mack was trampled be reinforced, but those instructions were not heeded.
Not everyone is thrilled about the idea of the festival being taken somewhere else. The event gives police officers a chance for some extra pay and it brings hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue to the city each year. Sarnoff and Regalado believe that the events this year show the negatives outweigh the positives.