Ultra Music Festival 2013: Miami Commissioners Approve Second Weekend
|Photo by Ian Witlen|
|Ultra's second weekend is safe. Rave on, Panda guy!|
In the end, with tickets already sold and acts being announced, the City of Miami commission was willing to see how a six-day, two-weekend Ultra will impact the city.
The fest will go forward on two conditions: (1) That organizers pay $500,000 to a special City of Miami police fund; and (2) Ultra seek approval before the commission next year for a second weekend before announcing 2014 dates or selling tickets.
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-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
-Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado on Ultra 2013: "One Weekend Is Enough, People Complain About the Kids"
Whether or not the worldwide outpouring of support for the second weekend to go on as planned had any influence is debatable. But Twitter user EDMsnob, who created the petition that has been bombarding the City of Miami, tweeted a quote we assume came from Commissioner Marc Sarnoff:
"Oh Jesus, you're the kid with the petition? Can you tell everyone to stop emailing me already? Damn it."-- EDMsnob (@EDMsnob) January 10, 2013
We guarantee that Ultra's organizers will do everything in their power to make sure the two-weekend festival goes as smoothly as possible. The fest certainly doesn't want to give the city any excuse not to approve another extended edition of UMF for 2014. That means they will have to make sure downtown businesses and residents can live with a six-day onslaught of festival-goers and dance music.
Commissioners Frank Carollo, Francis Suarez, and Michelle Spence-Jones all came out in defense of Ultra's two-weekend plan going forward. Still, if the 2013 event has a negative impact on the city, they all agreed they would vote against it next year.
And although Sarnoff voted in favor of Ultra, he's still not convinced the event is a positive thing for the city.
"I don't share your vision that you should have this disruption, this Woodstock, in the central core of Miami. It's perfectly OK to do it three days a week, but now you've increased it to six days."