City Of Miami Commission Gives the Second Weekend of Ultra Music Festival the Green Light

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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.

โ€œThe second weekend also concerns me with the amount of drug consumption. As you know, ecstasy and LSD are the mainstay drugs there,โ€ 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

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