Ultra Music Festival To Be Shut Down After Officer Trampled
Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida is threatened in coming years due to Miami officials. Many SDSU students go to exotic and fun places for spring break including Cabo San Lucas, Lake Havasu, and festivals including Ultra, Coachella, and Stagecoach. The ‘chaos’ of Ultra Music Festival this year and in past years however, has caused officials in Miami to question the annual festival due to the safety of the public and officers.
This year over 160,000 people attended Ultra in Miami. According to Reuters, “Police arrested 84 people and made more than 150 rescue runs.” The paramedics also treated 153 people. This year a man collapsed after the festival on Saturday and died. His death is being investigated. Last year, a drug overdose took the life of a 20-year-old woman.
An security officer this year was trampled at the three day music festival after a crowd pushing to get in pushed down a fence and trampled the officer to get into the festival. The mayor of Miami is upset about this incident and intends to shut down the festival entirely. According to WSVN, “Erica Mack, age 28, remained in critical condition [as of March 31st] after she was trampled by a crowd that pushed down a fence at the festival.” Erica worked for a security firm. These people who trampled her did not have tickets and were trying to get into the festival.
On March 30, 2014 Miami’s Mayor Tomas Regalado promised the citizens of Miami that Ultra would not be coming back to Miami in future years. “It’s time to say goodbye,” he said. “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.” He continued on to say, “This is not an accident,” he said. “This is something that could have been avoided. The promoters need to have all the measures for securing the perimeter, and they didn’t.”
If you are looking forward to going to Ultra next year, you may be out of luck after the Miami officials continue their investigations. If they do in fact host the festival again next year, buy your tickets as soon as they come out because the festival that’s been going on for 16 years could be coming to an end, or leaving Miami.