Well, today was that infamous vote that the Miami City Commission was going to have on the status of Ultra. And well, its a 4-1 final vote in favor of keeping the festival in Downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park. Commissioner Marc Sarnoff was the one vote in favor of the ban.
In our opinion, that’s great news for the city’s worldwide repertoire and for the city’s pockets. Good news, ravers. A few incidents beyond the control of festival organizers should NOT justify the canceling of an otherwise positive event that brings A LOT of money to the city.
Plus, Ultra has stepped up to add measures to keep improving on the event’s security. They hired former Miami Beach Police Chief Ray Martinez as its new head of security, which may have been a “PR” move, but a good move nonetheless.
Ultimately, what had happened was…the hearing and the vote just shed light on the obvious. Ultra brings too much money to city.
Here’s a statement from Ultra founder Russell Faibisch:
“We are pleased with today’s decision by the City of Miami Commission to continue our long-standing tradition of producing the Ultra Music Festival in downtown Miami. We are also extremely happy for our fans from around the world who love coming to Miami to be part of Ultra. The setting for the event in downtown Miami is part of what makes the event magical. We appreciate the commission for their vote today.
We will continue to work closely with the City of Miami, the Bayfront Park Management Trust, City of Miami Police Department and other municipal partners, small business owners and the local downtown community to ensure next year’s event is a safe and fun environment for concertgoers and Miami residents. We are pleased to continue our ongoing practice of assessing and implementing improved security measures as well as any recommendations from our ongoing security review being led by our new Director of Security, Police Chief Ray Martinez.
As a Miami-based company, creating jobs and attracting tourism to South Florida, we are privileged to create over 1,800 direct jobs in our community and bring over $80 million in economic impact to our local economy. We are optimistic about the future and creating more opportunities to grow and strengthen Miami for all.”