Miami—As reported by Miami New Times, Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff has introduced a new resolution “affirmatively opposing” the second weekend of Ultra Music Festival 2013. The stated goal of this resolution is to “[divest] the Bayfront Park Management Trust of the power to hold the Ultra Music Festival on said second weekend” due to disruptions to the local business community and residents, “nuisance behavior by festival goers,” and grid-locked traffic.
At present, Ultra Music Festival 2013 is scheduled for March 15-17 and again for March 22-24 at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. Announced talent includes Deadmau5, Afrojack, David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Avicii, Kaskade, Tiësto, Bassnectar, Calvin Harris, Richie Hawtin, and Swedish House Mafia. The full phase 1 lineup can be viewed here.
It is unclear yet whether this resolution is simply a formal complaint by the City of Miami designed to remove liability and appease local business owners, or if the Mayor’s signature on the resolution will indeed result in the halting of the second weekend of the festival. According to a study conducted by the Washington Economics Group that was commissioned by Ultra organizers—quite contrary to the tune that the City of Miami is singing—the festival’s annual economic impact on Miami-Dade county is over $79 million.