Miami Mayor Hoping To “Say Goodbye” To Ultra Music Festival
As Ultra winded down Miami officials began contemplating the future of the music festival in their city. Erica Mack, a 28-year-old UMF security guard who was senselessly trampled while working the festival, remains in critical condition at the hospital. This tragedy, along with other safety issues, have led to a serious discussion amongst Miami's politicians as to whether or not Ultra Music Festival will be allowed to continue calling Miami its home.
Miami Mayor, Thomas Regalado, hopes that Ultra's time in Miami is done. "It's time to say goodbye," he told WSVN Miami. "We are bringing a resolution to the City Commission. If approved, the city will deny the permits for next year. We'd rather take quality of life instead of money." Mack's serious injuries were very avoidable, in fact Miami Police notified Ultra that there was a need for more security at the very spot she was trampled just hours before. "This is something that could have been avoided." Regalado said of the tragic trampling. "The promoters need to have all the measures for securing the perimeter, and they didn't."
It would be a real shame to see one of the world's most iconic festivals be forced to leave its home. Unfortunately, it seems the senseless actions of a group of individuals have raised flags. City officials will be scanning their contract with Ultra to see if there was any breach. Regalado will be bringing a resolution to Miami's City Commission in hopes of ousting Ultra Music Festival from Miami once and for all.