Despite Commission Chairman Marc Sarnof’s campaign to get an “official frown” from the commission, Ultra’s second weekend got the thumbs up from a recent commission vote. Mr. Sarnof tried to make the point that an additional of an extra weekend of ULTRA, will diminish the atmosphere of the downtown and cruise-liner area with drugs and other negative attributes that are sometimes attached to the festival.
Miami City Commissioners have allowed the Ultra Music Festival to expand to a second weekend despite concerns about drug use and traffic, The Miami Herald reported.
The commission decided to give the festival two weekends on a trial basis Thursday. For its part, Ultra offered to give the city $500,000 for extra police and fire services, and said it would hire more off-duty officers itself and improve its crowd control plan, according to the Herald.
The festival is scheduled for March 15-17 and March 22-24 in Bayfront Park.
Commission Chairman Marc Sarnoff told NBC 6 South Florida Thursday that the second weekend was a bad idea in part because of all of the drugs.
“The second weekend also concerns me with the amount of drug consumption. As you know, ecstasy and LSD are the mainstay drugs there,” Sarnoff said.
But some would argue that Ultra is big business, as tens of millions of dollars are pumped into the local economy over the three-day weekend.
Source: NBC Miami