Marc Sarnoff's Spokesperson: Commissioner Doesn't Want to "Shut Down" Ultra

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We here at Crossfade have been trying to get Miami commissioner Marc Sarnoff's side of the Ultra Music Festival story for approximately 48 hours.

Today, we finally got a chance to talk to his spokesperson about the commissioner's attempt to curb Ultra's second weekend.

"We are not talking about shutting down Ultra," Sarnoff's rep says. "We are trying to contain it."

UPDATE Miami mayor Tomas Regalado says: "One [Ultra Music Festival] weekend is enough ... people complain about the kids."

UPDATE #2 The resolution has been voted down. And City of Miami commissioners have approved Ultra Music Festival 2013's second weekend.

See also:
-Ultra 2013: City of Miami to Vote on Resolution "Disapproving" of Second Festival Weekend
-Ultra 2013: Commissioner Wants To Kill Second Weekend Because Attendees Are On "Mind-Altering Drugs"
-Tommie Sunshine on City of Miami vs. Ultra: "Way to Demonize the Visitors Who Make Money to Cover Your Asses"
-Ultra 2013: Organizers Willing to Work With City on Downtown Traffic, Security Concerns
-Irvine Welsh Defends Ultra: "I'm Disappointed in Miami, the Fest Breathed Life Into a Dead Downtown"


At tomorrow's City of Miami commission meeting, there are actually two resolutions concerning Ultra Music Festival being voted on.

One is on whether to disapprove of closing down the northbound lanes of Biscayne Boulevard in front of Bayfront Park. If that resolution passes, the city would let the Florida Department of Transportation know it does not approve, but the decision is still left to FDOT.

The second resolution would be to disapprove of the Bayfront Park Management Trust's decision to grant approval for two weekends of Ultra. If that resolution passes, it could wipe out a second weekend of Ultra. Why? According to the city code, the commission's decision trumps that of the trust. Still, as the spokesperson admits, the city attorneys would need to look into whether or not that would effectively kill it -- and it doesn't seem to Crossfade like that would be an easy task.

When asked if Marc Sarnoff received the letter that Ultra sent us this morning detailing their security and traffic plans, the spokesperson said he hasn't had time to speak with the commissioner about it. But he is aware of what's at stake: Ultra's reported $79 million economic boom is something a lot of people benefit from.

Sarnoff's rep confirmed that the city has been getting emails and calls from festival-goers concerned about their travel plans and the festival dates.

And yes, they are listening to you.

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Bayfront Park

301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

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Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park

301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: Music


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thecatlola
thecatlola

marc snaroff = economical terrorist

ultra brings in 70 million in a weekend.

@craig chester, dude I hear Antarctica is pretty quiet 365 days outta the year.

seriously ppl?!?!?! ultra? Sarnoff needs to learn to stfu and be grateful City of miami deals with the ultra crowd and not memorial weekend crowd like the City of Miami Beach. Their own residents petitioned to shut down HHW on the beach. And the Miami beach was like HELL NAH that's millions of dollars coming into our city!

Grant Stern
Grant Stern

Craig I agree, they under charge for the festival, and need to restore the park fully post event if there's an issue. As for the noise, the city's park is exempt from noise ordinances, so basically, that, is that...

Craig Chester
Craig Chester

And the park is CLOSED to the public during this time! It's anything but 'for the public' unless you paid $700 or whatever it was to get in,

Craig Chester
Craig Chester

And Grant, I could hear the bass through my windows in Brickell. So could thousands of others.

Craig Chester
Craig Chester

Yeah except last year the festival practically ruined the park and it's only finally started to recover recently. Ultra should pitch in some more $$$ to rebuild it this year - especially if now it stretches 2 weekends.

Grant Stern
Grant Stern

So? If I want to listen to ultra, I open the window, if I don't I close it or leave... The Bayfront is our 1 large public space and this is the one large thing our public likes to use it for. For years all I read about is how our waterfront areas are under used and people trying to figure out ways to use them. This is the way!

Carlos Miller
Carlos Miller

Miami is a party town. Always has been. Nobody moves to downtown for quiet time.

Graham Winick
Graham Winick

He also didn't want to shut down Burn Notice. He merely wanted them to leave Coconut Grove and the tens of millions they invested in the area and pay to tear down a perfectly functional facility.

Craig Chester
Craig Chester

Grant, it's a pretty loud, disruptive event for those not directly affected. It's a major change to a 'normal' week in downtown Miami. I'm all for the action and investment it brings for a week but at some point you have to draw the line to consider whether or not you are holding residents and businesses that don't cater to the Ultra crowd as captives.

Grant Stern
Grant Stern

are you nuts? Ultra is a major event in this town with a 15 year history. the city should be finding ways to shut streets down and let people walk around downtown any chance they get!

Craig Chester
Craig Chester

I'm with Sarnoff on this one. One weekend of Ultra is enough.

Carlos Miller
Carlos Miller

It seems like he always wants to shut down something or another

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