City of Miami officials want Ultra Music Festival to return to Bayfront Park
Nearly two weeks removed from Ultra Music Festival voluntarily annulling their license with the City of Miami and teasing “a new South Florida location” for 2020, Miami officials are now attempting to have the festival return to its home base. The festival was forced to host their chaotic 2019 iteration in Virginia Key after 18 successful years in Downtown Miami but ultimately decided to cut their losses from their one-off venue.
On May 21, the City of Miami held a “Sunshine Meeting” where officials reinstated discussions on Ultra’s future to conclude whether or not they were interested in “re-engaging” with the festival’s organizers. Among those present for the meeting were Miami City Manager Emilio Gonzalez along with commissioners Ken Russell, Keon Hardemon, and Joe Carollo. Gonzalez made his concerns over Ultra exiting the Miami area evident in stating that it was a “huge loss” and that there would be irreparable economic damages. The Miami City Manager ended his exchange by emphasizing that he would not hesitate to have Ultra back. The discussion is currently tabled until June 27, as the clock continues to tick closer to March 2020.
There appears to be more than a handful of options for the festival at the moment though as Ultra was reportedly in talks with Homestead-Miami Speedway earlier this month and just last week, a Miami Beach Commissioner suggested that the festival take place in Lummus Park located on the edge of South Beach.
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