Ultra Music Festival 2013: City of Miami to Vote on Resolution "Disapproving" of Second Festival Weekend

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Slow down, bro. Sarnoff wants to mess up the party vibe.
It can't be Ultra Music Festival without a little bit of drama. This time it comes from Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff who has introduced a new resolution "disapproving" of the second weekend of Ultra Music Festival.

The resolution, which the commission will consider on Thursday, claims the "event will be disruptive to the local business community and area residents due to noise, nuisance behavior of festival goers, and grid lock traffic."

That's a different tune than Ultra organizers claimed a few months ago, when they stated the festival generated a $79 million economic impact for the county.

UPDATE Commissioner Marc Sarnoff wants to kill Ultra Music Festival 2013's second weekend because "about 70 to 80 percent of these kids are on some sort of mind-altering drug."

UPDATE #2 Tommie Sunshine lashes out against City of Miami commissioner Marc Sarnoff's resolution "disapproving" of Ultra's second weekend, saying: "way to demonize the visitors of your city who make you money to cover your own asses."

UPDATE #3 Ultra 2013 organizers willing to work with city on downtown traffic, security concerns.

UPDATE #4 Trainspotting author and Miami resident Irvine Welsh defends Ultra: "I'm disappointed in Miami, the fest breathed life into a dead downtown."

UPDATE #5 Marc Sarnoff's spokesperson says commissioner doesn't want to "shut down" Ultra.

UPDATE #6 Miami mayor Tomas Regalado says: "One [Ultra Music Festival] weekend is enough ... people complain about the kids."

UPDATE #7 The resolution has been voted down. And City of Miami commissioners have approved Ultra Music Festival 2013's second weekend.

See also:
-Ultra Fest Generates $79 Million Annually for Miami Economy: Can EDM Save the Country?
-Ultra Music Festival 2013 Expands to "Two Big Weekends!"
-Swedish House Mafia Headlining Ultra Music Festival 2013
-Deadmau5 Returns to Ultra Music Festival in 2013
-Ultra Music Festival 2013 Announces Phase 1 Lineup: Tiesto, Kaskade, Avicii, 25 Others


A source at the city attorney's office told Crossfade that the resolution came from unhappy downtown business owners who lobbied during a December meeting. The resolution also seems to confirm what we already knew: the festival will be returning to Bayfront Park this year. And while there is a separate trust for the park, the resolution affirms that the city code says that the trust's broad powers are "subject at all times to city commission approval."

It's unclear at this point whether the resolution would actually prevent the second weekend of Ultra from happening, and we are waiting back to hear from the city's attorney office to clarify the possible repercussions.

We contacted Ultra Music Festival's organizers and commissioner Marc Sarnoff for comment. We will update the post when they respond.
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laxx1559
laxx1559

As awesome as Ultra is, there are people that are losing their livelyhood because of this concert.  I'd love to rage for two weekends, but the economy is rough and a week or two of bad sales can really hurt business owners.

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

LOL, something that is self sustaining in terms of revenues and this city tries to kill it. Move it beachside, South Beach is sand, you can't kill sand, only move it around.

Jen Rainho
Jen Rainho

The festival last year destroyed Bayfront Park. It is still recovering. I can't imagine what kind of damage a second day will cause. It is a shame for people who live in downtown.

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

hey ultra bring back one day tickets....you will not last long if you keep charging 300bucks for 3 days, did you ever think some people dont want to go for 3 days

Brad Knoefler
Brad Knoefler

Whats funny is if this were in Bicnentellial park instead of Bayfront, there would be no street closures and little disruption to Flagler street businesses and residents. But we have musuems there now instead...

Craig Chester
Craig Chester

Ked it's not canceling it, it just not allowing it to take over downtown/Biscayne blvd for 2 weekends instead of just 1. Not to mention the noise which can be heard far from Bayfront park. I'm all for the economic activity for one weekend, but I can see their point in limiting it to just that.

Ked Killjoy
Ked Killjoy

why would they cancel it or stop it from coming here ? ultra brings alot of money to the city. people from all over the world come to miami just for those 2 weeks.

drewglines
drewglines

@laxx1559  The economy is rough?  Maybe you should read the related article entitled, "Ultra Fest generates $79 million annually for Miami economy...".  Can Miami afford NOT to have a 2nd weekend of Ultra??  And, I'm curious, how do you figure that THOUSANDS of people filling local hotels and wandering the streets of Miami will negatively impact sales in that area??  And how would Ultra, that is held primarily on the weekend, translate in to "a week or two of bad sales"??  If you're referring to the high-rise office buildings within earshot, due to noise levels, I would contend that the music doesn't start until noon.... so, at most, those offices would be minimally impacted for 1/2 day or 1 work day.  My most serious question for you, though, is..... What crack have you been smoking???

esreveR.M.Backwards
esreveR.M.Backwards

@laxx1559 A 2 block section of biscane is shut down and that shuts down the whole city? Kinda over exaggerated if you ask me. 

drewglines
drewglines

@Craig Chester Yea.... who needs another $79 million in tourism revenue anyway.....

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