Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado on Ultra 2013: "One Weekend Is Enough, People Complain About the Kids"

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Is this the "kid" that "people" are complaining about?
As usual, the City of Miami commission meeting convened at 9 a.m. today.

Amid discussion of telecommunication contracts and waste management, our municipal pols will also decide whether vice chairman Marc Sarnoff was correct when he called Ultra Music Festival fans a "urinating, defecating ... throwing up" mob of "kids on some sort of mind-altering drug."

Of course, house music man Tommie Sunshine and Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh are totally against Sarnoff's proposed resolution "disapproving" of Ultra's second weekend.

But the vice chairman has one very prominent ally in his quest to kill Days 4 through 6 of UMF ... Miami mayor Tomás Regalado.

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


Yesterday, the mayor spoke briefly with the Miami Herald, weighing in on the City of Miami vs. Ultra Music Festival 2013.

Now, Regalado's comments were buried near the end of an article about Sarnoff's interest in hiring 100 new officers for the Miami Police Department.

But the mayor had some blunt stuff to say about the EDM wars.

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"Personally, I think one weekend is enough," Regalado told the Herald. "We understand that we have to accommodate all festivals, but two weekends with street closures would collapse downtown.

"Plus, people complain about the kids."

Oh, right ... Good point, your honor.

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We should check what 2 weekends bring and what it will take. I personally do not think 2 weekend is too much considering the income city will make. Just imagine another city offering 2 weekends and festival moving from Miami to another city.

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