Ultra Music Festival will remain in Miami after city commissioners voted 4-1 to keep the music festival at Bayfront Park, according to WSVN-TV.
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and city commissioner Marc Sarnoff called for an end to Ultra after a security guard was severely injured in a stampede during the first day of the festival last month. Over the course of the entire weekend, 76 festival-goers were arrested, 28 of them for felonies, and 118 others were treated by paramedics. Meanwhile, a 21-year-old man was found dead in his car after attending the festival.
There were reports of Regalado and Sarnoff backtracking from their position, however, a motion was filed and voted on by City of Miami commissioners today. Fortunately for Ultra, the vote was in its favor.
Update: Under the motion, Ultra is allowed to stay only if it follows certain conditions, including increased police presence and a zero tolerance drug policy. It must also set up counseling stations throughout the event and establish a phone number that local residents can call to report a problem.
In the days leading up to the vote, Ultra Music Festival organizers launched an online petition to keep the festival in Miami. As of publication, the petition has accrued nearly 50,000 signatures.
In an accompanying statement, Ultra organizers said this year’s festival employed 257 police officers a day, including 18 undercover officers. However, in the wake of this year’s tragic events, the festival is “conducting a top-to-bottom review of its security protocol and continues its long-standing commitment to the security and safety of its patrons and personnel.”
Following today’s news, Ultra announced dates for its 2015 installment: March 27th – 29th.