Ultra Music Festival is under scrutiny once again. It wasn’t enough that the festival was reduced to one weekend instead of last year’s two; city officials are now calling for the outright banning of the festival. And with Contemporary Services Corporation guard Erica Mack getting trampled to near death on Friday, things aren’t looking too good for Ultra’s PR.
“What happened this weekend is an event that could have been avoided,” said Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado on Sunday. “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.”
Just hours before the Friday night stampede, Miami police had inspected the perimeter of the event at Bayfront Park and called for additional fencing at the spot where the guard was later injured. But no additional fencing was added, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald.
“This is not an accident,” said Regalado. “This is something that could have been avoided. So 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.”
Ultra’s organizers released the following statement:
“The event organizers of Ultra Music Festival share the sentiments of our security partner, CSC, with regard to the condition of Erica Mack, the security guard currently receiving treatment at Jackson Memorial Hospital. The Ultra Family hopes for a swift and full recovery.
The event organizers prohibit any form of unlawful entry in to the event grounds. Preliminary investigations show that the incident was caused by individuals not in possession of event tickets and who were determined to gain unauthorized entry.
Every year the event organizers work collaboratively with police and other municipal partners along with the organizers’ independent security partners to ensure the safety of all patrons, crew and working personnel. Because a thorough investigation is underway, event organizers regret that additional comment cannot be provided at this time. The event coordinators are cooperating fully with investigative authorities.”
So yeah, things aren’t looking good for Ultra right now. City officials are going to use these setbacks as more ammo to get the festival banned. However, the festival does bring upwards of $80-100 Million in revenue for the city so this might not be as cut and dry as some may think.
Source: CBS Miami