The Miami City Commission has delayed a decision on the fate of the Ultra Music Festival, pushing possible discussion of the subject to later this month. The city commission had been expected to consider a resolution from Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff that would prohibit the festival from taking place at Miami's Bayfront Park in the wake of the 2014 edition of the event, which left one concert-goer dead and a security guard in critical condition after being trampled at the event.
However, the resolution was withdrawn and discussion of the matter was tabled until the council's April 24th meeting. The resolution calls for Bayfront Park Management Trust to be blocked from staging future Ultra Music Festivals at the park due to breach of contract. The festival currently has a contract with Miami through 2018.
The festival has employed lobbyists to advocate on its behalf and stakeholders, including The Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association want the festival to remain in Miami.
“The Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association looks forward to the return of the Ultra Music Festival to downtown Miami on a long term basis. From the perspective of our membership, the festival generates positive economic impact through sold out hotel rooms in downtown Miami, Brickell, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Miami Beach and throughout the entire county. Additional business is generated from independent events, patronage of our restaurants, clubs, bars, taxis, limousines, tour companies, tourism venues and retail establishments,” said a spokesman for GMBHA in a statement. - Celebrity Access